Native Son


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  • Confession
  • Jan visits Bigger and says he is not angry with him and does not blame him for what he did. Despite Bigger's overwhelming guilt at this, he begins to see a white person as an individual and not as a whole oppressing force for the first time.
  • Reverend Hammond, Jan, Boris A. Max, Buckley, the Daltons, Bigger's mother, Vera, Buddy, Jack, G.H., and Gus all crowd into the cell. As more people crowd into the cell Bigger begins to feel more guilty.
  • Bigger signs a confession to the murders and rapes because Buckley is pressuring him and taunting him. Bigger feels that there is no alternative to his situation and falls to the floor and sobs once he has signed the papers.
  • In court Bigger begins to feel even more helpless, he the begins to feel angry again when they bring Bessie's body and just using it as a show much like he felt the whites, such as her boss, used her when she was alive much like property.
  • Bigger is indicted of rape and murder and is brought to the Dalton's home to reenact what he did to Mary. While there he sees a crowd again screaming for his death and a burning cross. Bigger feels betrayed by this and refuses to see Reverend Hammond again.
  • Bigger feels so hopeless that he finally opens up to someone, Max. Bigger feels that there is nothing he can do or think for himself as the whites have always oppressed him and tells this to Max. Max puts Bigger's plea in as not guilty to try to buy him more time.
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