"Native Son" Analytical Essay by writingsensation

"Native Son"
Examines Marxism and Existentialism in this work by Richard Wright.
# 68704 | 1,300 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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Despite the fact that its author was a self-identified Marxist, the text "Native Son" is better read as an existential novel of the crisis of a black man discovering his sense of self, than a novel of class struggle. Thus, this paper contends that existentialism, rather than Marxist ideology drives the ideological impetus of "Native Son".

From the Paper:

"In essence, Wright suggests that in the persona of Bigger, White society creates its own 'monster' - that of the Black man in search of White women, by forcing Bigger to live in constant fear and suspicion of being desirous of White women. Yet, society offers few avenues of employment for Black men, other than employment as servants in White homes."

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