Native Son - Richard Wright believes that African-Americans...

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Unformatted text preview: Richard Wright believes that African-Americans are constantly discriminated against by whites and racism cripples them in general. Wright constructs Native Son to demonstrate how such oppressive conditions and unfair social circumstances can create isolated and violent individuals such as the protagonist Bigger Thomas. He uses literary devices such as the setting, characterization and theme, as well as symbols to convey his message. The setting of the story takes place in Chicago in the 1930s, in a variety of places, from Bigger's apartment to the Dalton's house to the jail cell. Bigger's family lives in a rat-invested small, one-room apartment. The apartment is in great contrast to Dalton's mansion. **QUOTE?**Bigger feels confused and angry when he realizes how truly tiny his South Side world is. The difference between the Dalton's world and his world makes him feel humiliated. The two different settings represent starkly different worlds for the blacks and the whites. Bigger comments as he sits on the street corner and says, They got things and we ain't. They do things and we can't. It's just like living in jail. We live here and they got things and we ain't....
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2011 for the course ENGLISH 310 taught by Professor Wasinger during the Spring '07 term at Northwestern.

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