Even though bigger knows that he can do better in life he is scared to take a chance to make something of himself. Bigger is powerless against the white population because he believes that they have control over everything. The fear that is within him leads him to hurt his friends and even murder Mary Dalton. Throughout the book Bigger is overwhelmed by shame and fear and lashes out with violence, the only weapon he knows to use. Bigger wakes up one morning in his family’s cramped apartment on the South Side of the city and sees a huge rat scampering across the room, which he corners and kills with a skillet.
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.
He feared to go to prison, so he burns her body and tries to implicate Jan. He fears Bessie might tell on him, so he killed her. From the example, it is evident that the black man lacked the power to defend himself. They still feel enslaved to the whites. It can be supported by that fact that it was Jan who offered him the help of a lawyer called Max.
Bigger panics and accidentally kills Mary while trying to keep her quiet so Mrs. Dalton would not notice that he was in the room, too. When Mary's body is discovered people initially blame Jan, but as evidence is discovered, the facts point to Bigger and he flees. He is soon caught and put on trial for murder. Throughout Bigger short life, he strives to find a place for himself in society, but he is unable to see through the prejudice and suppression that he encounters in those around him. The bleak harshness of the racist, oppressive society that the author, Richard Wright, presents the reader closes Bigger out as effectively as if society had sh... ... middle of paper ... ... because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged.
The white people would make fun of the black people in front of their faces, telling them how another black person was beat up and how all the black people are a problem for the white people. How would you feel if someone told you that you were a problem? This would really up... ... middle of paper ... ...that people need to be educated about it. After John’s job was taken away from him he didn’t see any reason to stick around there anymore. “Mammy, I’m going away, - I’m going to be free.” John left and went north.
They feared Richard, and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear. White coworkers beat Richard because his boss was kind to him. Richard later had to leave a good job because those racist co-workers would “kill” him. When the principal at Richard’s school had asked Richard to give a speech to a large audience of white and black people, Richard refused to read the principal’s prepared speech. By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much.
But the white men paid no attention. The white men end up attacking the girl, who is described as having the same terror and fear in her eyes as the black boys. Over all, the narrator comes to conclusion that the racial prejudice of others influences them to only see him as they want to see him, and this affects his ability to act because
Wright puts Bigger in a brutal, hostile social environment which not only depicts Bigger Thomas, but also puts a critical/harsh eye on the White community. Richard Wright displays in his novel, Native Son, that the protagonist, Bigger, is a monstrous symbol of what can happen if society refuses to make freedom and opportunity available to all people. Violence, poverty, and racism were inevitable and the determining factors for people, especially Bigger during the 40’s. Bigger Thomas was “damaged by racism and poverty” (Himes) He has no way out of the walls of poverty and racism that surround him, and after he murders a young white woman in a moment of panic, these walls begin to close in on him. The “violence is gratuitous and compulsive because the root of violence is never examined.
Stereo type was a big issue as we see when Bigger gets caught for the murder, newspapers stated that there was a “Mass Rapist on the loose”. Since he was black they thought right away he was raped her. White people also showed that they didn’t really care about what happened to black people. Since Mary Dalton was white, Caucasians were screaming at Bigger that he was a gorilla, that he should be killed, and many other bad racist comments. There were other white people who thought equality was for every one in the world.
Maybe if I changed my looks, I would fit in better?” This is a lack of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. In the book, W.E.B Du Bois in his book, The Souls of Black Folks, explained the reason behind this lack of self-confidence as a whole race. He stated that African Americans were “born with a veil, and gifted with second sight in the American world, a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.” But how is it expected to be respected by others, if we do not respect ourselves? In order to respect someone else you must first have respect for yourself. This is often looked over by many people but it is important that we help others out and especially those of our own kind.