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Bigger Thomas In Native Son

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The life of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's Native Son is not one that most can understand. It is stamped by ruthlessness, mistreatment, and a future that is not looked forward to. Richard Wright uses Bigger Thomas as a fundamental character in Native Son. Bigger is also the center focus of the story, was made to be a stereotype and an example of the impact of prejudice on the mental state of African American people living in Chicago during the 1940s. Coming from the background he came from Bigger really was more likely to fail than to be successful. Bigger was born into poverty, on the south side of Chicago, and being a black hurts him even more in such a racist environment. Richard Wright places Bigger in a stereotype role that white society see black men as Wright uses this role to show that this Bigger was not born this way, but it is a racist society that has made him this way. This can be seen because like most people Bigger wanted to be able to provide for his family, put them in a nice home, and he hated that he could not. He also wanted a career and in his case as a pilot. This is the reason Wright names his book “Native Son”, to show readers that Bigger was born and raised in the United States making him a Native Son of the United States. Being a native son Bigger is going to be greatly influence and effected by his environment and the ways of society which is the argument of his attorney that this is what society gets because they mistreated him put fear into him and this is the sum of their equation.
In the book Bigger and his friend Gus look up at the sky and see a plane. It leaves a sentence "USE SPEED GASOLINE"; they then talk about the speed at which planes can fly at. Bigger then states that if he had the op...

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...event that leads Bigger’s destiny to failure. Because Bigger knows if he gets discovered in her room he will be accused of trying to rape her and will jailed and very likely executed just because he is black. His only other choice was to do what he did, but unluckily he unintentionally kills Mary making his path to failure even greater. All of this happens because Bigger is afraid. Bigger faces fear all throughout the story and his fear comes from him feeling that white people are out to oppress him and he can not doing anything about it. Richard Wright uses Bigger in his story to show how society of that time period put fear into black society. Bigger’s fear is what takes him down the path of the dooms which eventually causes him to harm, his friends, other black people, and kill to young girls one being his girlfriend and the other the daughter of his employer.
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