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response paper - native son

response paper - native son - Ananth Bulusu In Richard...

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Ananth Bulusu 10-5-2011 In Richard Wright’s novel Native Son racial oppression and injustice create intense and insecure feelings within the novel’s protagonist, Bigger Thomas. Bigger’s reality is limited and defined by the social norms created by white society. His lack of knowledge of the world outside of his, as well as his intense desire for that world’s opportunities, create animalistic impulses within him. In the final scene of book one, Bigger’s natural instincts seize complete control of him driving him to murder and the brutal disposal of Mary’s body. Bigger’s reality has corrupted him, and in times of distress he reacts with irrational and violent behavior. To Bigger, the life he leads is hopeless. He believes that “the moment he allowed what his life meant to enter fully into his consciousness, he would either kill himself or someone else” (14). He experiences these moments of clarity subconsciously, and reacts with anger. When Gus
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