We All Die Alone

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"All these crackers looking up at me, looking up at the tree. Nobody doing nothing, just staring. They know how to watch a nigger die" (Whitehead 79).

            I found it interesting that for the majority of the prologue and part one, I didn't realize that J. was African American. It almost seemed to not be a big deal until the life or death moment at the end of part one. In the midst of fear and panic, J.'s true anger and frustration over race comes out. Everyone has an underlying sense of pride in their race and some may even have anger or resentment for others. Perhaps being in such a moment of crisis, J. looked for someone to blame, someone to be mad at to take his mind of his suffering. Also, maybe this is foreshadowing of a possible loneliness inside J. So far J. has his fellow colleagues from the list, but we have not yet heard of any family or true friends. Even the members of the list seem to be hoping J. will fail at his attempt to break the record of writing a piece a day for a year. It seems appropriate that in the moment of death, loneliness would be an overwhelming emotion, especially for a man who is lonely on a daily basis. We all die alone.

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