Native Son | Study Guide

Richard Wright

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Native Son | Characters

Character Description
Bigger Bigger Thomas is the novel's protagonist. He is driven to acts of violence by fear. Read More
Mary Mary Dalton is Mr. and Mrs. Dalton's spoiled and rebellious only child. Read More
Jan Jan Erlone is Mary Dalton's boyfriend and an active communist. Read More
Bessie Bessie Mears is Bigger's girlfriend. Read More
Max Boris Max is a communist attorney who attempts to help Bigger avoid a death sentence at trial. He is the only person Bigger seems to trust. Read More
Mrs. Thomas Mrs. Thomas is Bigger's mother, who relies on religion to help her through the hardships of raising three children alone. Read More
Britten Britten is Mr. Dalton's private investigator. Hired to investigate Mary Dalton's disappearance, he is immediately suspicious of Bigger and questions him repeatedly.
Buckley Buckley is the state's prosecuting attorney in Bigger's trial, also running for reelection. His remarks reveal his racist beliefs.
Buddy Buddy is Bigger's younger brother, who idolizes Bigger without really understanding Bigger's true nature.
Deli Owner The deli owner is the owner of the delicatessen Bigger and his gang decide to rob.
Doc Doc owns the pool hall where Bigger and his friends spend much of their time. He tolerates them but doesn't trust them.
G.H. G.H. is one of Bigger's friends from the pool hall.
Gus Gus is one of Bigger's friends from the pool hall.
Jack Jack is one of Bigger's friends from the pool hall.
Mr. Dalton Mr. Dalton is Mrs. Dalton's husband, who offers Bigger a job as their chauffeur.
Mrs. Dalton Mrs. Dalton is Mr. Dalton's blind wife, who spends much of her time doing charitable work.
Peggy Peggy is the Dalton family's Irish housekeeper and cook, friendly but distant in her interactions with Bigger.
Reverend Hammond Reverend Hammond is the minister at Mrs. Thomas's church, who attempts to comfort Bigger with prayer after his arrest.
Vera Vera is Bigger's younger sister, who recognizes Bigger's meanness and seems to fear him.
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