Native Son by Richard Wright is a heartbreaking story of the racial oppression that spread throughout Chicago and America during the 1930s. Through the experiences of his black protagonist Bigger Thomas, Wright provides valuable insights into racial segregation and the tragic ways in which it affected American society. Throughout the novel, Wright insists that Bigger was not born an aggressive criminal. He is a product of the violence and racism. By no means does Wright minimize the oppression of blacks by whites, but he does demonstrate that much of the racial inequality was due to the lack of understanding, among both blacks and whites, of each other. Bigger’s story represents a key development in black American literature.
...ineteen hundreds. Back in the 1930’s, when this book took place, the white community influenced how African Americans acted because the whites always ridiculed them and always put them down and made them feel like they were nothing but a piece of property. For example, when the white people made the blacks pick cotton or when they only refer to them as 3/5 a person or by not giving them any rights. Being treated like this had to have had a negative effect on how they lived there lives. It made them more precautious around people, more curious about people, and made them have a sense that they wanted to feel what it was like to be loved and respected. So Bigger was just a model of what growing up with negative surroundings can do to you. Bigger is not a threat, the negative surroundings were what the real threat was, and people still today need to realize this point.
The alienation of Bigger Thomas leads to his character development. He is primitive, fearful, and quick tempered because of the isolation and racism he faces. He is created by the society that he lives in; the environment surrounding him leads to his downfall. Bigger knows that he was dead from the day he was born, the “blind” people around him are either too fearful or ignorant to see it. He knows that what he has accidentally done can never be justified to whites; he wants to die knowing he is equal to his counterparts.
In Native Son by Richard Wright, Mr. Wright lived in the 1930s and experienced how African Americans were unfairly treated and the extreme poverty that still happens in South Side Chicago. The way Mr. Wright grew up into all the poverty, violence, and being discriminated against placed himself into Bigger Thomas shoes and how handled everything the way he was living with despair. That’s how Mr. Wright sets a psychoanalytic theory in his writing of how he portrays Bigger Thomas, he is self-conscious of his actions and how he wishes to hurt some but doesn’t believe he can bring himself to do that. Bigger Thomas despises the way he lives and how the white people have control over his life but sooner or later he does something that makes him feel superior and equal to a white person.
Author, Richard Wright, in “Native Son” uses the time period of the 1940s, when the Jim Crow Laws were in full effect to hone in on the main character Bigger Thomas which is to some degree a form of himself. I believe the time period forms the fearful conscious of Bigger which drives him furious and into gruesome murders, which is the reason he foreshadows his fate and demise. “Sometimes I feel like something awful’s going to happen to me.”(pg. 28) “Bigger paused, narrowed his eyes. “Naw; it ain’t like something going to happen to me. It’s … it’s like I was going to do something I can’t help…” (pg. 30) Wright also has the usage of figurative language specifically diction to drive into the time periods, cultural language to excavate the effect of the novel’s true intent to reflect the South Side of Chicago from a Negros point of view.
When Bigger goes out of the house, we read what he is thinking: he is thinking of being a pilot or other high man, but then he understands that this is impossible, because he is a "Negro." When he meets his friends, he mentions that he killed many times, because he needed money. But when they decided to rob Blum's office, Bigger starts to tremble, because Blum is a white man, and difference between robbing white and black man is that when he robs black man - he is innocent, but when he robs white - he will be in a jail for many years. Life of a black man didn't mean anything. This was the worst thing those times.
Being an African American, Bigger has always lived his life according to the do’s and don'ts of whites, and has developed a hatred toward them because of it. Bigger and his family live in low income housing in Chicago, a dilapidated apartment to be honest, and because this is fact, Bigger feels powerless to change his families living situation and this causes him to be angry. Him and his mother, both unemployed adults in the household, have to bring in some type of income so Biggers mother urges him to accept the position that has been offered to him by Mr. Dalton. His mother often nags at him, and is not the most encouraging parent. Bigger makes it a hobby to go out and commit petty crimes with this friends only against other blacks due to the fear he has of whites. Gus, one of Biggers friends, soon becomes one of his victims of inner anger used to cover up his true fear, when he lures his friends into finally setting out to rob Mr. Blum, a w...
In Native Son, Richard Wright introduces Bigger Thomas, a liar and a thief. Wright evokes sympathy for this man despite the fact that he commits two murders. Through the reactions of others to his actions and through his own reactions to what he has done, the author creates compassion in the reader towards Bigger to help convey the desperate state of Black Americans in the 1930’s.
Throughout “Native Son” Richard Wright makes Biggers actions huge statement. He makes it clear that the time period in which it is plays a huge role in which bigger acts. From the way bigger thinks all up to the points in which bigger accidentally kills Mary and purposefully kills Bessie. The time period in which Richard Wright wrote this novel you can see that he made sure to include how the racism in Chicago was not the same as it was in the south but it was the same form. Richard Wright experienced the real worst type of racism and segregation we as to you couldn’t even look at a white girl let alone be in the same car with her. You could also tell that the time in which Richard Wright had grew up in and bigger were in were totally different by this although they experienced some of the same things. Such as with the job situation for an example. You can say that what bigger was going through is related to some what we go through today. We experience some of the...
Bigger is a young black man living in the Southside of Chicago with his mother and two younger siblings. His family lives in a one room apartment, leaving little space for privacy. After being awoken by the sudden clang of an alarm clock, the Thomas’s start their day like every other before it. As the family is getting dressed a large rat runs into the room, causing chaos. Bigger trapped the rat in a box, giving it no way to escape. Looking at Bigger “the rat’s belly pulsed with fear. Bigger advanced a step and the rat emitted a long thin song of defiance, its black beady eyes glittering” (Wright 6). The fear that pulses in the belly of the rat is the same fear that runs through Bigger. Bigger is trapped within the physical walls of his run-down apartment and the city lines that the white society has put around the Chicago Black Belt. Bigger and the black community have no choice or way to escape. The confinement of these areas causes Bigger to feel confusion and anger towards those who have put him