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  • Exposition
  • CONFLICT
  • Climax
  • Bigger family lives in a grimy, rodent plagued loft and Bigger has the open door for work that will give them a marginally higher expectation for everyday life.
  • Falling Action
  • Bigger goes to the Daltons’ house and gets the job, but while he’s talking with Mr. Dalton, Mary comes inside and asks Bigger if he belongs to a union.  He makes her uncomfortable and he’s worried that he’ll lose his job.
  • Conclusion
  • As he takes Mary upstairs, Bigger gets turned on because of the intimacy of the moment and the way she’s acting.After Bigger drops Jan off, he takes Mary home, but she’s too drunk to make it up to her bedroom without help.Bigger, afraid he’s going to be caught in a white woman’s bedroom, smothers Mary’s little noises with a pillow so the mother won’t know he’s in the room.
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  • Biggers girlfriend, Bessie, says that she wont run with Bigger because she is scared.Bessie is scared to stay with him and get caught by the police. Bigger realizes that she wont go with him. If he leaves her he can risk being caught.
  • Bigger is convicted and sentenced for the rape and murder of Mary Dalton. On the day Bigger will be  condemned to the electric chair he knows he wants to live but accepts his fate and is left to face it. 
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