Bigger Thomas' Humanity Analytical Essay by Nicky

Bigger Thomas' Humanity
An analysis of the lack of humanity in Bigger Thomas, the protagonist in Richard Wright's "Native Son".
# 128974 | 1,339 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 19, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper explains that the character of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's "Native Sone" is alienated from his homeland due to racial bigotry, and this shapes Bigger into an inhuman and violent creature who can commit monstrous acts with relative indifference. The paper details how Bigger's lack of identity leads to terrible violence. The paper further highlights Wright's message to African Americans, that violent behavior and withdrawal from social responsibility are not acceptable responses to their conditions.

From the Paper:

"America's historical perpetuation of an institutionalized and virulent racism has shaped the identity of the African American population in many ways. Among these, one of the most fundamental causes for said population's greater vulnerability to poverty, crime and violence is a sustained disenfranchisement that has deprived America's blacks of a national identity. This is the complex socio-cultural disposition that drives Richard Wright's Native Son. Understanding the content of the novel and analyzing the suggestion of its title, one is apt to believe that lead protagonist/antagonist Bigger Thomas is a native to his home, the United States. However, in this paradox, the reader is likely to note that Bigger Thomas is denied throughout the story and alienated from his homeland due to racial bigotry--the tragedy of the thoughts of men--which places Bigger in an isolated, lonely, discriminatory society. This has the impact of shaping Bigger into an inhuman and violent creature whose absence of identity enables him to commit monstrous acts with relative indifference."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wright, Richard. (1940). Native Son. Chicago: First Perennial Classics, edition 1998.

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