Analysis Of Native Son

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Bigger’s Forced Guilt
The Novel “Native Son” by Richard Wright was adapted into a film in 1986 and was directed by Jerrold Freeman. Focused on the main character, Bigger Thomas has lived life in poverty trying to make it in a world that has proven to him that they feel he is inferior because of the color of his skin. Plagued by fear, anger and shame, Bigger was in a fierce fight within himself to fit in without exploding. The purpose of this essay is to examine Richard Wright’s adaptation of Native Son and to discuss how Bigger is guilty through relation of the cause and effect to racism, fear and psychological stress from those forces.
Based in the 1930’s, the protagonist Bigger Thomas is a twenty year old man living in Chicago with his family in poverty. He is severely damaged by his fear, anger, frustration and shame. He is damaged so much that his actions often resulted in foolish acts. The story is mainly from Bigger’s prospective and it shows how he had to hide his fears through a tough exterior. A product of his environment, Bigger was involved in illegal activity with his friends and harming his own Black people. Due to his own issues, even his illegal activity in his own community backfires on him as he sabotages a robbery with his friends he was involved with. He ends up working for the Daltons, a family taking advantage of the poor Black people in Chicago’s South side, as a chauffeur. Here he meets Mary and Jan who are all for social justice but still have

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