Deviance And Stagonism In Richard Wright's Native Son

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There is no talk about Bigger’s father in the whole of Native Son. His mother cleans, cooks, while his sister goes to sewing classes to learn the tailoring trade. Bigger and his brother Buddy also live with their family, but they do not contribute to the family in any way; resultantly, the whole burden of raising the family falls on the shoulders of Bigger’s mother, Mrs. Thomas. As has already been said, at the beginning of the story itself, we encounter Bigger killing a rat. In fact, Bigger’s behaviour is some kind of a mirror held to the face of American society by her Black son or, in Wright‘s words, by her “native son”. Through this novel, Wright seems to be arguing that the roots of criminal and illegal activities by Blacks are in White American society and that women are abused by this society — by their own community, by their lovers, by rest of their kith and kin and by their husbands also. Women appear as victims in American society who endure pain to an unimaginable degree. The significance of Wright’s hate, repugnance and antagonism towards religion can be seen in Native Son. This novel is not only a book, but it is also some kind of a White Paper about Black experience in American society. In Book Two, Bigger Thomas struggles bravely to…show more content…
It deals with the situation of the American Blacks, their past and present as human beings, as well as the situation of the Black people in the modern world. Through this novel, Wright seems to speak about socialism, existentialism and Black humanism as rational movements in American philosophical thought. According to Wright, Bigger is a product of a dislocated society; he is dispossessed and disinherited. Despite living amid a great abundance of American society, he is seeking, looking and feeling for a way out from these
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