Essay about Analysis Of Richard Wright 's ' The ' Of Native Son '

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Richard Wright lived in the 1930 's, a time when blacks and whites were rigidly separated, and, despite the struggle, the stereotypes of black people included a life of crime and destruction. Wright tells the story of Native Son mainly to raise social awareness to the rising problem of racial differences. Despite the strength of the overlying message of racial tension, intertwined within the story is a subliminal yet unmistakable message of sexism, specifically the discrimination of women and the damaging effect this suppression has on its female victims. The physical abuse inflicted upon Mary and Bessie by the men in Native Son represents the objectification of women and power men have over women in a patriarchal society . The prosecution’s description of Bigger Thomas’s physical abuse of Mary objectifies her and subsequently shows the patriarchal system. While detailing the events surrounding Mary’s murder, Buckley urges the court to pursue the death penalty. He pleads:,
“‘My God, what bloody scenes must have taken place! How swift and unexpected must have been that lustful and murderous attack! How that poor child must have struggled to escape that maddened ape! How she must have pled on bended knee, with tears in her eyes, to be spared the vile touch of his horrible person! Your Honor, must not this infernal monster have burned her body to destroy evidence of offenses worse than rape? That treacherous beast must have known that if the marks of his teeth were ever…

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