| Quote #1
Buddy opened out a newspaper and covered the smear of blood on the floor where the rat had been crushed. Bigger went to the window and stood looking out abstractedly into the street. His mother glared at his back.
We begin to see the family dynamics at the Thomas household and they’re hardly heartwarming. Though Ma tries to remind Bigger of his responsibilities, and the sentiment he should hold towards his sister, Bigger holds them at an emotional distance. He doesn’t have a place where he can feel comfortable; even at home, he’s constantly harangued by his mother. If comfort is home, there seems to be no place Bigger can call "home."
| Quote #2
"They’re Christian people and believe in everybody working hard. And living a clean life. Some people think we ought to have more servants than we do, but we get along. It’s just like one big family."
As Peggy gossips with Bigger about the family he’s come to work for, she explains that they’re good people and that they treat their servants well – like family. Of course, this comment by a white servant is put into sharp relief when contrasted with Bigger’s treatment as a black man.
| Quote #3
Bigger sat at the table and waited for food. Maybe this would be the last time he would eat here. He felt it keenly and it helped him to have patience. Maybe some day he would be eating in jail. Here he was sitting with them and they did not know that he had murdered a white girl and cut her head off and burnt her body. The thought of what he had done, the awful horror of it, the daring associated with such actions, formed for him for the first time in his fear-ridden life a barrier of protection between himself and a world he feared. He had murdered and created a new life for himself. It was something that was all his own, and it was the first time in his life he had had anything that others could not take from him. Yes; he could sit here calmly and eat and not be concerned about what his family thought or did. He had a natural wall from behind which he could look at them… He was outside of his family now, over and beyond them…(2.131)
Bigger’s crime makes him feel impenetrable, completely separated from his family.