Analysis Of Native Son By Richard Wright

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Tara – Jade Francois
Miss Arena
Honors American Literature
12 January 2015 "It is probably a mere accident that I never killed," states Richard Wright during an interview. (Kinnamon 596) Often times, an alternative people would turn to would be violence in a way to escape the world they lived in, but one man held so much inspiration over a society that was and still is shaded by apartheid. What many fail to realize is one can transform the direction of the way society works simply by using words. Because of Richard Wright’s writing style, he depicts the racism and bigotry set in American society in his novel and writes this story by using examples of his personal experiences to create an impact for
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Wright voices the tale of the destitute revulsion of the world, specifically in the city of Chicago in the 1930s, through his protagonist, Bigger Thomas. Bigger was an enraged and young black man who felt only fear against the white society. Bigger’s fear is the absolute control white people have over him. That fear then turned to irritation when Bigger questions his place within society (Shuman 612). He then realizes he can get away with anything because no one would question him because of his skin color and would automatically assume him …show more content…
“...I headed North, full of a hazy notion that life could be lived with dignity, that the personalities of

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others should not be violated, that men should be able to confront other men without fear or shame, and that if men were lucky in their living on earth they might win some redeeming meaning for their having struggled and suffered here beneath the stars.” (Wright, Native Son 285)

Richard Wright relished colossal achievement in his writing profession. Wright expanded the economic wealth that he had been deprived of in his adolescence through his novels. In 1942, he wedded and began a family; that exact year he formally extracted from the Communist Party (Otfinoski 68). Much of his life after publicizing Native Son, Wright cultivated connections with other authors and progressed his career as a writer. Richard Wright died of a heart attack on November 28, 1960. (Hart 14) Wright’s death concurred at the genesis of the Civil Rights age in the United States. Wright was a legend and he continues to live through his novels, particularly Native Son, a story that give understandings into a brutal and unfair world of discrimination (Shuman 1697).

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