Native Son Prose Analysis - Maddy Dunne - Dunne 1 Maddy Dunne Rubino AP Literature and Composition 31 August 2015 Native Son Prose Analysis Book One He

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Dunne 1 Maddy Dunne Rubino AP Literature and Composition 31 August 2015 Native Son Prose Analysis Book One: “He flushed warm… cold, and inarticulate hate.” (pg. 66-7) During this passage, the author uses Bigger’s point of view and tone to demonstrate Bigger’s unfamiliarity and uncertainty of Jan and Mary, as well as the constant presence of racism. The tone of the passage is pessimistic, as Bigger questions Jan and Mary’s intentions and immediately believes they are ridiculing him, rather than helping him. In this scene, Jan and Mary are trying to treat Bigger as an equal by going out to eat with him and asking him to call them by their first names. This unsettles Bigger, asking himself “Were they making fun of him?” and “Why didn’t they leave him alone?” For Bigger, he does not see these gestures of equality as kindness, but rather as a joke, which leads to his hatred towards Mary and Jan. By giving the reader a glimpse into Bigger’s mind, Wright allows readers to sympathize with Bigger and understand his confusion. Bigger, so accustomed to hatred and ignorance from white society, feels attacked by Jan and Mary’s generous actions, resulting in a shift from anger to confusion; this shift is a memorable moment for the me as a reader because it shows how foreign equality is for Bigger. Living in Chicago in the 1930s, a great amount of segregation and racism separated the town into whites and blacks; this idea had been ingrained into Bigger, teaching him to never interact with whites. However, Jan and Mary, both Communists, believed this segregational boundary could simply be crossed. This introduces the main conflict of the book, as well as the
Dunne 2 overall theme of racism. This barrier is not as easy to cross as Jan and Mary believe. Their kind intentions only make Bigger more conscious of his skin color and differences. This awareness is

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