"Uncle Tom's Revolutionaries", A Look At Richard Wright's "Uncle Tom's Children" And The Author's Communist Agenda.

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Uncle Tom's RevolutionariesThroughout the novel Uncle Tom's Children, Richard Wright clearly lays out his communist agenda and basically gives blacks an instruction manual on how to achieve their freedom through Communism. Wright systematically plays on southern blacks' concerns and religious values to sway them to communism. He uses clever methods to attempt to change such a large and varied group's way of thinking."Long Black Song" is the first story in Uncle Tom's Children where a black person really stands up for himself against white men and gets something (no matter how insignificant) accomplished in doing so. Silas, the protagonist, finds that his wife Sarah has slept with a white man, so Silas killed him well aware of the consequences of doing such a thing. Throughout the story, Silas expresses his pride in having his own farm that no man can touch. In the end, when the white men come to lynch Silas, he chooses to go down with his property. He screams at Sarah, "Ahm gonna be hard like they is...When they come fer me Ahm gonna be here!" (Wright, 125). This is symbolic in that Silas' property represents his accomplishments and integrity, and he would rather die with it than give into white men and eventually die alone anyway. Silas stands with his cause no matter what the cost - the ideal revolutionary.In "Fire And Cloud," Wright really starts to emphasize Communism as a way for black Americans to escape persecution and discrimination. Reverend Taylor meets with representatives of the communist party - Hadley, a white man, and Green, a black man. This is the first time in the novel that white and black men are united for a common cause (Wright would have the reader believe that in the Communist party there are no racial barriers). Hadley, Green, and Reverend Taylor organize a march on city hall to demand aid from the state for the famine that's going on. Reverend Taylor has to choose whether or not to put his name on the flyers, which would gain support from the people but single him out with the state.Wright lays out two distinct scenes in this story, which depict the consequences of either of Taylor's choices. In one, Taylor meets with the mayor, who is condescending to Taylor and unresponsive to his arguments. Later on, Taylor is kidnapped by a group of white men, then beaten, humiliated, and threatened. At the end of the story, however, Taylor becomes one with the crowd of protesters marching on city hall. This time, the police and the mayor show fear and respect toward this united crowd of blacks and whites. Clearly, Wright is saying that giving in to the white men's system and attempting to reason with them results in apathy, hatred, and pain; whereas joining with the people in a united front results in achieving social equality.It would seem that "Fire and Cloud" represents the big picture - what following the Communist agenda will accomplish. "Bright and Morning Star" shows what one can do on the individual level.In "Bright and...

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