Native Son | Study Guide

Richard Wright

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Overview

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Author

Richard Wright

Year Published

1940

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Native Son is written from the third-person limited perspective. Events and characterization are filtered through the perception of Bigger Thomas as a young, poor black man in Chicago during the late 1930s.

Tense

Native Son is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Born in the United States, Bigger comes from a country known as a land of opportunity. However, as a black man, he sees no such opportunity for himself. Instead, as a "native son," Bigger embodies some of the negative aspects of American culture, and he is also a victim of the prejudiced society in which he lives.

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