"Native Son" Book Review by Suzannah

"Native Son"
A review of Richard Wright's work "Native Son".
# 115138 | 725 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | FR
Published on Jul 08, 2009 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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The paper attempts to portray how Richard Wright's "Native Son" depicts the destructive effects of racism on the African-American population. The paper shows how the main character moved from fear to anger/hatred to violence to pride because of the way in which he was perceived by white American society. The paper also discusses how many ethnic groups today remain absorbed by the failure of white society to allow them equal opportunities, and this often results in anger that can, and often does, lead to racial retaliation and violence.

Being Black in White America

From the Paper:

"As shown by Wright's work, the effect of racism can, and often does, cause significant psychological corruption among the oppressed. Bigger grew up in a world that ignored his very humanness. Instead, he faced a constant barrage of racial oppression and propaganda throughout his childhood, thus essentially shaping who he became as an adult, and the way in which he perceived his surrounding world. The movies he sees, for example, depicts blacks as savages, while whites socialize in a glittering world of opportunity and freedom. As such, Bigger perceives "whiteness" as a hostile and powerful enemy that is determined to deny him any right to his humanity, thus resulting in his downward spiral into crime, revenge, and murder. In consequence, his accidental killing of Mary Dalton does not make him feel guilt, but instead empowers and thrills him due to his belief that he has asserted his own individuality against the "whiteness" that seeks to destroy him."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wright, Richard. Native Son. Published by Perennial (January 1987).

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