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Bigger has no emotion anymore because of how much harm he has done and he doesn't eat, drink or smoke because he wants to die. He knows that his actions are wrong and he doesn't believe there is anyway to fix his mistakes.
Everyone is in Bigger's Cell talking to him about the trial and he is introduced to Boris Max who wants to defend him free of charge and promises he will not be put to death. Everyone leaves besides a man named Buckley.
Buckley tells Bigger to sign a confession that states he did the crime plus some other crimes which he didn't commit and it also gets Jan in trouble and Bigger signs it because Buckley knows that people want to kill Bigger and he also know that Bigger killed Mary and Bessie. Bigger signs Buckleys confession because he is scared and thinks that Buckley will protect him.
Max talks to Mr. Dalton and asks why the conditions of Biggers' appartment is worse than the white peoples houses and if the living conditions he is in affected his personality which ultimately caused the death of Mary. Bigger is indicted for rape and murder.
Bigger refuses to reenact the murder because he feels like he is being used and he feels betrayed. At this point he is so distraught that he wants death.
Max tries to gain Bigger's trust but he can't seem to gain it until he asks Bigger why he killed Mary and Bigger then starts to open up. Bigger did it because he never felt understood and always separated from the white and how white people don't care about black people. Max understands and decides to plead not guilt to buy some more time to work on Bigger's case. Bigger finally feels a freedom in himself that he has been longing and he also feels an understanding between the whites and blacks lives.
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