Rhetorical Analysis Of Richard Wright 's ' Native Son '

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Throughout the novel, Wright uses both dialogue and narrative to move the plot forward. Through dialogue, Wright shows the interactions between Bigger and the other characters, which reveal the feelings and thoughts of others in order to give the reader a well-rounded perspective on the matter. Wright especially uses narrative throughout the plot to depict new settings, reveal Bigger’s first opinions of others, and also flow through Bigger’s thinking process. Because of this, the readers are able to better understand and relate to his emotions that may lead to his uncontrollable actions. In blending the use of dialogue and narrative, Wright takes the reader through Bigger’s interactions with other characters, and he also shows how these interactions affect Bigger’s later behavior in various situations. In Native Son, Richard Wright paces the plot through his varying sentence structure which differs depending upon the situation at hand. Through the use of short and succinct sentences, especially in dialogue, Wright displays Bigger’s timid nature towards white people. In the narrative, the use of concise sentences depicts fast motions and the simple observations of Bigger. For example, when Bigger carries the intoxicated Mary to her room, Wright describes, “He turned her round and began to mount the steps, one by one. He heard a slight creaking and stopped. He looked, straining his eyes in the gloom. But there was no one” (105) By using simple statements, Wright shows
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