I’ve got more literary connections for you. There’s no stopping me now.
Do you remember over a year ago back in Crime and Punishment when Raskolnikov had that weird little power trip and bonded with the idea of Napoleon? Here’s a refresher quote:
“Yes, that’s what it was! I wanted to become a Napoleon, that is why I killed her…. Do you understand now?”
Like Sonia, I don’t really understand, but that’s not the point right now. The point is that Bigger had similar thoughts.
Of late he had liked to hear tell of men who could rule others, for in actions such as these he felt that there was a way to escape from this tight morass of fear and shame that sapped at the base of his life. He liked to hear of how Japan was conquering China; of how Hitler was running the Jews to the ground; of how Mussolini was invading Spain. He was not concerned with whether these acts were right or wrong’ they simply appealed to him as possible avenues of escape.
Wait a minute. Maybe Sonia should get herself a copy of Native Son. Maybe that would help.