Richard Wright's "Native Son" Book Review by AnEasyA

Richard Wright's "Native Son"
An analysis of the protagonist in Richard Wright's "Native Son" with a specific focus on societal influence and the development of racism.
# 151041 | 764 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 19, 2012 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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This paper examines how in Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" the protagonist, Bigger, serves as a prime example of how a critical society can negatively impact a person's upbringing. Uninspired by what he believes to be a cruel, racist society full of hatred, Bigger develops many negative traits due to his interaction with society.

From the Paper:

"One of the primary characteristics that Bigger develops is fear. The way society looks at African Americans makes Bigger fear their judgment. One example is when Bigger fears the Dalton because he is paranoid of his actions in front of whites: "Well, I acted toward her only as I know how. She was rich. She and her kind own the earth. She and her kind say black folks are dogs. They don't let you do nothing but what they want" (406). This quote explains Bigger's fear of white people judging his actions as a black man. He is afraid that no matter what, he will be viewed as a "dog" who is merely out to rape white women and rob people. This type of fear is possibly what led Bigger to murdering Mary; out of fear of being caught alone in a white woman's bedroom, he killed her so that she (or society) could not accuse him of rape."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005. Print.

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