The Style, Point of View, Form and Structure of Native Son, by Richard Wright

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Richard Wright, in his novel, Native Son, favors short, simple, blunt sentences that help maintain the quick narrative pace of the novel, at least in the first two books. For example, consider the following passage: "He licked his lips; he was thirsty. He looked at his watch; it was ten past eight. He would go to the kitchen and get a drink of water and then drive the car out of the garage. " Wright's imagery is often brutal and elemental, as in his frequently repeated references to fire and snow and Mary's bloody…show more content…
But Wright goes      beyond merely presenting social data. At times Native Son seems more        like a nightmare than like social science. Note that Wright was also        attracted to the horror and detective stories of Edgar Allan Poe.             One of Wright's stated goals was to make readers "feel" the heat          of the Daltons' furnace and the cold of a Chicago winter. But he            also makes the cold and heat symbols of the external forces aligned         against Bigger and of the powerful emotions raging within him. Other         patterns of imagery that appear throughout the novel include beasts         (the rat, Bigger as a hunted animal, Bigger portrayed in the                newspapers as a gorilla); suffocation (the fire being choked out by         the accumulated ashes, Bigger's
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