The life of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's Native Son is not one that most can understand. It

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The life of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's Native Son is not one that most can understand. It is stamped by ruthlessness, mistreatment, and a future that is not looked forward to. Richard Wright uses Bigger Thomas as a fundamental character in Native Son. Bigger is also the center focus of the story, was made to be a stereotype and an example of the impact of prejudice on the mental state of African American people living in Chicago during the 1940s. Coming from the background he came from Bigger really was more likely to fail than to be successful. Bigger was born into poverty, on the south side of Chicago, and being a black hurts him even more in such a racist environment. Richard Wright places Bigger in a stereotype role that white…show more content…
He then swings the dead rat around his resulting her to faint. Their mother criticizes Bigger, saying that one day if Vera dies he is going to regret the way he treated her. This is obviously a basic lecture, which she goes on by telling him they would be better off without him. As they take a seat for breakfast Ms. Thomas says tells her son he needs to get up sooner than this in order to hold onto a job. Acting like Bigger said he was not going to take the job his mother tells him if he works; he could help them live in a nice house in a decent neighborhood. Because of this Bigger gets furious while considering the chauffer position. He asks for some money and, as he walks out, his mother shouts that if he doesn't accept the occupation, that the family will not have any food to eat. As he leaves, he indignantly considers the way that he has just two decisions accept the job and be hopeless, or decline it and suffer hunger and greater poverty. As Bigger is walking he sees a poster of a man named Mr. Buckley who is running for State Attorney and on the poster it reads, "YOU CAN’T WIN." This is one way Wright shows the reader that Bigger is almost destined to fail it also foreshadows the story because in the end no matter how hard Bigger tries and regardless of what he does along with intentions he cannot and will not win as he is eventually caught and

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