the system of the south

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For years after the civil war, black people were still mistreated. Segregation, the separate but equal law, was not exactly all that equal. People remained as slaves on plantations because they had nowhere else to go. The South’s “class-system” was still in full effect putting black females at the lowest in rank. Richard Wright’s story portrays this period of time for a small black family: Sarah, Silas, and their daughter Ruth. Through many …

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…bottom of the chain. The story was well written and definitely made me think about the society placement system. The characters, setting, and symbolism contributed more to this story than any other literary traits. At the end of the story, when Sarah watches the house burn down, I was left with the feeling that she knew that this was only the beginning to many more years of struggle between classes in the society placement system.