The captivatingstory by Thomas Wolfe “The Child by Tiger” exemplifies the natural animalisticqualities of human nature. Beneath the words, the reader uncoversa new discovery of good and evil and the close relationship they share. Through the eyes of Mr. Shepperton, this tale of how human beings possessboth good and evil reveals “man’s evil innocence,” a paradox that becomesvery clear and much the same. The Sheppertons are delighted with theirnew Negro man, Dick Prosser, for”he could cook, tend to the furnace, heknew how to drive a car…” and he “was a deeply religious man” while beinga very hard worker. …. During the day, he reads from the Bible and quotes the scriptures, (which proves he is an intelligent Negrofor he can read).
The desire of being a good person is in the heartof Dick Prosser, but…Dick spills into the darkness and “man’s evil innocence.” …. The religious man, the hard worker, the disciplined and veryintelligent Dick shows hints of “an unknown demon.” He chooses tosmother in the rage of violence. Prosser observes the hints fromthe Shepperton’s cook, Pansy Harris, and he believes her husband is beatingPansy. In an attempt to do what is right, Dick submits to his rageto set goodness free and kills Harris’ husband. This action causesa ricochet event which leads to several killings by the very religiousman, the good …. The only good and decentaction by the townspeople is to catch this wild animan, Dick Prosser, andmake an example of him.
Is man inherently evil? Many people have different answers to this question some do not believe that there is such a thing as good or evil. What is good and evil? Is evil a part of every human being from the moment he is on this planet? I think that man himself chooses in which direction to go to and the environment influences his or her decisions. Many think that you are not inherently evil or ...
The townspeople, whom only a day before had such admiration for the Shepperton’s new Negro, had now hunted, brutallykilled, and displayed Dick’s body in a store window. There The goodness is not restored; in fact, thepeople and Dick strive to pursue goodness and find that evil lurks in itsdarkened shadows. Good and evil intermingle, one spilling intothe other, and proves the “two worlds together–a tiger and a child.” This story embarks on the realiziation that the line between good and evilis thinly