Native_Son_-BIgger - Doc Fast Native Son A Native Son Bigger Thomas The title of the novel \u201cNative Son,\u201d refers to Biggers place in American Society

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Doc Fast Native Son 3/15/17 A Native Son: Bigger Thomas The title of the novel “Native Son,” refers to Biggers place in American Society, for he is a “son” of “native” life which compresses and shapes him and the rest of the black community. Biggers’ place in society is that of any traditional black boy: he lives under constant oppression which makes him feel that he is literally defined as a system of “work”. After telling Bessie that he did in fact murder Mary Dalton, he suggested that he is “ just work. I'm black. I work and I don't bother nobody ”(170). Bigger is a “son” of the white American civilization, and has been raised learning the he lives below the whites. Thus, the son of American society was left feeling like “he was caught up in a vast but delicate machine whose wheels would whir no matter what was pitted against them”(370). The wheels of society never stop churning for the rich and white are too powerful to be halted by those against oppression. Buckley and the majority of the white community labeled him as nothing more than a black “ape,” and view the rest of black society as “unproductive.” Thus, instilled in his mind is an internalized notion filled with bleakness and white dominance of white culture, one that disregards humanity of Chicago’s black population. While talking to Max, Bigger denounces his own humanity, “Hell, What do I know. I ain’t got nothing. Nobody’ll pay any attention to me I’m just a black guy with nothing. I just went to grammar school. And politics is full of big shots, guys from colleges” (212). While Bigger is raised within a black household, he is unable to escape the racism ingrained within the “native” land. Therefore, Bigger Thomas is a “native son” to the unjust world that surrounds him and is victimized by the rich, white majority in power.

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