03.09.2019-575 views -The Man Who also Saw the Flood
" When the flood waters recede,
the poor folk along the river
start from scrape. "
In Richard Wright's " The Man Who also Saw the Avalanche, " the catastrophic flood-losses facing a poor family of sharecroppers reveal conditions that power the emancipated but even now ignorant and debased blacks to become delinquent to and so re-enslaved by same white wines from whom they received freedom. Wright's resigned yet resolute protagonists display that possibly hollow hopes can drive people to commendable perseverance when confronted with a hopeless fate. This theme is definitely reinforced and developed through the dynamic and symbolic placing of the history. The most prominent relation of setting to theme in this story may be the bleakness from the flood-devastated area itself. The " stark fields" surrounding the family's " mudcaked cabin" are entirely devastated. " Every woods, blade of grass, and stray keep had its flood tag: caky, yellow-colored mud... damage thinly here and there in spider-web fashion. " The dirt, a motif repeated again and again in this story, is a great entrapping and suffocating force- similar to the suffocating debt endured by the poor sharecroppers. " 'Ef we all keeps upon like this tha white man'll own us body n soul, '" laments Tom, the hardworking dad of the friends and family. The light man- a great almost devilish figure who is alluded to have electricity over his debtors' extremely souls, is just as stifling because the mud that has destroyed nearly everything the family run. Images of death and burial as well abound- even more emphasis with the wretched destiny of this friends and family. Their cottage looks " as though its ghost was standing alongside it, " and inside, the storage of the dresser "[bulge] like a bloated corpse" while the bed of the bed is " like a giant casket forged of mud. " In such a ravaged environment there can be no hope or reason for continuing- yet for some reason the family members finds the motivation and strength to bend themselves to the breathtaking task of rebuilding. Their strength, springing by natural reservoirs of individual resiliency and flexibility, emphasizes the nobility of man's have difficulty against nature, as opposed to the exploitation of many other human beings emphasized by the fierce character of Burgess, the white landowner. The environment of " The Man Who Saw the Flood" as well continually refers to the idea of fate. Although the story commences on an hopeful and optimistic note: " At last the flood marine environments had receded, " mud covers the land " in terms of they can see-" the asphyxiating chokehold of sharecropping servitude extends into the longiligne future. " 'There was obviously a road erlong here somewheres, '" Mary comments, but " there was clearly no road now. " Whatever eye-sight of the future he held prior to flood have been washed aside like the road. The future is not only uncertain now- it is nonexistent. All that is available is the backbreaking work of renovation. Like the highway, the steps leading up to the cottage have faded completely. Progressive lifting is usually impossible, thus Tom bodily lifts his wife and daughter to the porch, just as he must use his power to rebuild their lives. As Burgess arrives to consider Tom to town to talk over his plight, the mystical image of " a group of celebrities [hanging] in the east" further reveals the role of fate in this story. The astrological effects of the superstars hanging inside the direction from which the new day arrives focus on Burgess' role in the fate of the family. It is he who carves a new course for the family since Tom and Burgess " disappear above the crest with the muddy hill-" a route that most likely leads simply further into debt and servitude. There are several satrical reversals of archetypal themes in this account that likewise contribute to its meaning. A flood, like the Deluge of Noah, can often be used symbolically as a cleansing force- the flood with this story gives only mud and damage, sinking the family, just like their vacation cabin, into a " depression" surrounded by still " slimy" mud. Despite this reversal, echoes from the Noah archetype still look: " Over all hung a first-day...