Native Son | Study Guide

Richard Wright

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Native Son | Discussion Questions 51 - 51


Native Son, Book 3, ends with Bigger alone in his cell. What effect does this ending create, as opposed to ending with the actual execution?

Seeing Bigger isolated in his cell underlines the theme of isolation in the novel in a way that an execution scene might not. At an execution Bigger would be surrounded by people, and that would undermine the lasting impression of Bigger as always alone because he never quite reaches a real connection with anyone.

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