Native Son by Richard Wright

Native Son by Richard Wright

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Native Son is a very popular book in our days. While reading it, the reader gets introduced to the social discrimination of the past. These times were not a long time ago: not 300, not 200 years ago, but in the 20th century - the century where most of us was born. While people considered America as "White People's Country." White people discriminated black people, calling them "Negroes", because many centuries ago, when European nation has visited America, they brought black people to the North America and used them as slaves. After the Independence of USA, the discrimination was "officially" stopped, but was not stopped among people. Black didn't have many rights, there even was the "line" between blacks and whites. The discrimination stopped not a long time ago - people of middle ages lived in times of discrimination. The Native Son is also popular nowadays, because it teaches us to respect everyone, black or white, because we are one nation and we must always be together.

At the beginning of this book reader meets Thomas family. Here we can see where and in which conditions black people lived those days. One of the first scenes show us that there was a rat - so can we imagine what house it was? There are no similar houses nowadays, and if there are - they are in a plan to be destroyed. Thomas family has no money for future, so Bigger's mom asks him to accept the job, offered by Mr. Dalton. Mr. Dalton is owner of the house the Thomas family lives in, and Bigger was chosen to work with Daltons, because of their [Thomas family's] bad conditions.

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.

When he meets Ms.

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Dalton, he starts to hate her, because she is white, and because whites hate blacks. Even though Mary is nice to Bigger, Bigger can see it because of the big wound in his soul.

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After the café, Mary is drunk and she couldn't get home herself, so Bigger decided to help her. When he put her on a bed, blind Mrs. Dalton entered. Now, any reader would think, "Why didn't bigger just say that Mary was drunk and he helped her, than to hide himself?" The problem was, because he was afraid: being with white girl in white girl's room would not be appreciated. So he closed her face by the pillow and killed Mary. He burns her to get rid of the evidence - because of which he dies at the end of the book.

He decides to collect some money from Daltons, saying that Mary was kidnapped and put his girlfriend Bessie to this business. He behaves as nothing happened. But when reporters saw the bones in the furnace, he leaves. He kills Bessie, so she will not say that Bigger did it, even though everything was clear then.

Bigger was really afraid of being caught, because he knew that if he murders white girl, he will die. There was nothing else to expect.

Being in many places, hiding, finally ended up in being caught by police. If Bigger killed black woman, nobody would ever move, but if he killed white woman: police starts to search the city and catches him.

All people wanted Bigger to die: he was "Negro." And people though, "If Negro dies, there will be one less Negro." People thought that black people were animals and of animal kills human, animal should die, there are no other alternatives.

The only person, Communist, who defended and understood Bigger was Mr. Max. He understood the situation of black people and wanted to stop discrimination. He defended Bigger in the court and did everything he could, but white judge told that Bigger must die.

Bigger finds, for the first time, that only Mr. Max, even though he is white, respected him and understood him.

Nowadays we don't have that discrimination as it was, but there are some things left, which black people will always remember. Thanks God, that now we are really one Nation. Let's not have similar black spots in our American History.



By Eugene

Oxford, Mississippi.

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