essay (Native Son) t2.pdf - Hernandez 1 Samantha Hernandez Ms Carter AP English Language and Composition Period 4 11 November 2019 The Amendment of a

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Hernandez 1 Samantha Hernandez Ms. Carter AP English Language and Composition / Period: 4 11 November 2019 The Amendment of a Man Some people would do anything and everything to survive and not get caught after committing a crime. Others, however, have a more common sense that no matter what they do, they will end up getting caught anyway. In the novel, Native Son , by Richard Wright, Bigger is presented with many issues and how those issues lead to the difficult choices he makes to survive. Within each subtitle, Fear, Flight, and Fate, Wright uses literary devices to describe Bigger’s life in which he transforms from his insanity and confinement, in society, into a man who accepts his destiny. Fear shows how Bigger’s living conditions reflect the lack of opportunity he has for a healthy life due to his financial stability. Wright describes in detail Biggers’s emotions of inferiority and insecurity and how he cannot grow outside of the walls of entrapment into the poor community. Bigger lives in a dysfunctional, small home in which the whole family feels that their mother has no privacy, “Turn your heads so I can dress” (3). The room is so small that more than just humans living there, “the rat leaped… the rat stopped… Bigger aimed and let the skillet fly...I got ‘im” (6). The family experiences a sense of segregation from the white people’s luxury because they are black and insignificant in this world. Bigger could only dream of a day where he did not have to live like this anymore, that he could finally be free. The exposition of the novel begins with a conflict between the rat and the family. The poor, bad, living conditions
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Hernandez 2 point to squalor and unsanitary living conditions. White society is creating this construct: black families are forced to accept poor yet expensive living conditions while families receive better housing. Therefore Bigger’s crippling begins with his current living situation that is not healthy for anyone to live in. This releases a wave of anger, a great power that he never knew he had in him to make a difference for black people. Also, in Biggers internal monologue he says how “powerless” (10) he feels, that his “fear and despair” (10) will get the best of him and then “fully into his consciousness” (10) that he would harm himself and maybe others as well. There are multiple stressors why Bigger and his mother do not get along so well. His relationship with his mother is strained and feels the main reason is where they have to live in. In Biggers’s internal monologue he cannot fully express all of his emotions because he does not know how to and maybe because he if fully conflicted in himself. He does not allow himself for all of his emotions to be expressed or released. Bigger has these bottled up emotions that he just must set himself free of them, yet his limitations and lack of expressing those emotions are what confines him, the fear of letting go and making himself vulnerable. Bigger does not know how to change or be human, this is the root of the problem and only matters when it affects the lives of others.
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