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AP English Reading Record native son

AP English Reading Record native son - Susan Wang Period 2...

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Susan Wang Period 2 AP English Reading Record Title: Native Son Author: Richard Wright Genre: Urban naturalism; novel of social protest Setting: 1930s Chicago Point of View: This play is mostly told from Bigger’s perspective. Third Person Limited Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very tense most of the time. There is a lot of suspense. Tone: The story is told with short, evocative sentences. It produces a critical tone. The narrator tries to allow the reader to see into Bigger’s mind. Protagonist: Bigger Thomas Antagonist: Daltons, white society External Conflict: Bigger struggles to survive in a white dominate society. He works for the Daltons and have to be etiquette, but he hates not being able to be himself. He runs away from the authorities after he kills Mary Dalton. The whole society is after Bigger, wanting him dead (mostly because he is black and killed a white girl). Even though he only killed her, people think he committed rape, etc. After Bigger gets caught, he has to defend himself in court. Even though the law is supposed to treat everyone equally, the biases of the people enforce the laws according to their own likes and dislikes. Internal Conflict: One of the most evident inner conflicts is Bigger’s inability to escape. Bigger understands that in a dominant white society, Blacks are worth nothing. Whites can easily kill blacks even when all mankind is supposed to be protected under the law. Bigger kills Mary Dalton, but he can not turn himself in because he knows he will be sentenced to death. Thus, he burns her body secretly and runs away. He ends up killing Bessie as a way of protecting himself. He digs deeper and deeper into misery, where he practically spends all of his time running away. It prevented him from pursuing his dream of flying planes, etc. He loses himself in the process of trying to escape the consequences for his actions.
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