Richard Wright, "Native Son" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Richard Wright, "Native Son"
Discusses the relationship of the novel's themes of protest to the role of fate in the protagonist's evolution and liberation.
# 22446 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)


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"This study will analyze Richard Wright's Native Son for the thematic relationship it has to the role of fate in the evolution of the protagonist Bigger Thomas. The theme of the book is a complex one. In general, however, it is a book built on the passion of protest and action (however destructive or anti-social or even accidental that action may appear)---action which is meant to express the power of the individual in a society antagonistic to that individual.

Wright is not merely a black man writing about a black man living and suffering in a racist society. The author is also a man more than sympathetic to the Marxist perspective, so that his argument against racism is also an argument against the socioeconomic and political structures which promote racism. This is quite a mountain of evils to pit against one man, as Wright ..."

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