Another theme is martyrdom. Death is a theme that appears in most of Wright's works. In "Bright and Morning Star," death is portrayed as a form of martyrdom. Sue is proud of her sons' silence. She knows that her sons will not ever divulge the names of the people who are involved in the Communist Party. At one point Sue claims, "Po Sug! They sho musta beat the boy somethin awful! But, thank Gawd, he didnt talk! He ain no weaklin, Sug ain! Hes been lion-hearted all his life long." Sug is Sue's son, the one who has been in jail for a year.