Native Son
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Native Son
Richard Wright
Literature
Aug 3, 2018
Richard Wright’s searing portrait of a young black man’s crime and punishment indicts both the book’s protagonist, Bigger Thomas, and the society that incubated him. What fuels the enduring power of Native Son is the bruising ugliness of the story it tells, and its recognition that the ugliness cannot be mitigated by goodwill. In the brutality of Bigger Thomas and his experience, Wright gives ominous reality to the present horror of America’s tragic past of oppression. Bigger’s yearning for “a wider choice of action” is the desire for a story different from the one he is allowed to imagine for himself. Native Son tells us that, given the injustice and deprivation that have shaped black experience in America, there may be no other story available to him.
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Dec 2, 2018
Great story. Shifting styles
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