Violence And Violence In William Wright's Native Son
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always through violence. It is here, perhaps, that he is most pessimistic because, as far as Wright’s protagonists are concerned, the other and more positive manifestations of desire, such as love, can come only later, after the protagonists have violently acted out their longings. Violence is central to Wright’s fiction and to his characters; it is as important as sensuality is. In Wright’s world, power is often achieved through violence. Therefore, we can see that in Native Son, beatings and murders are frequent experiences in Bigger’s life.
Wright created Bigger in Native Son to show the author’s feelings towards White American society. And for Wright it didn’t really matter whether the White politicians accepted or rejected Bigger. There is a historical impression and feeling in his writing of Native Son. As he himself exclaimed in the introduction to this book entitled “How ‘Bigger’ Was Born”: Wright wanted to make Bigger a character whom it would be impossible to pity and what follows is an extremely grisly portrayal of his life and problems. Native Son ends with the failure of Max’s appeals to the White community on Bigger’s behalf. He comes to the cell to confront Bigger before his execution and the novel closes with Bigger Thomas smiling at Max as the prison door clangs shut. Bigger will die happily because he will die as a contented being who has created a self of his own.
Native Son has three parts: Book One, Fear; Book Two, Flight; and Book Three, Fate. The