Native Son Part 2

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  • Bigger begins to finally feel hope for the first time and has a newfound interest in life, however this is short-lived when he remembers that he will probably get the death sentence.
  • Bigger's trial is completely public so all of his friends and family are in the auidience, which makes him feel worse.
  • Max puts Bigger's plea back in as guilty and Buckley gets defensive because if Max can give a reasoning to why Bigger murdered Mary then it is possible for Bigger not to get the death sentence, which is what Buckley needs to appease the people.
  • Max argues in Bigger's defense, not as whether he committed the crime or not but rather why. Max goes on to say Bigger acted out like this out of fear based on oppression and then says how the people so eager for his death is simply because of their own guilt.
  • Buckley argues against Max and uses very derogatory terms towards Bigger and people like him, to which the jury agrees and sentences Bigger to death.
  • Max visits Bigger one last time before he is executed. Bigger is finally at peace with himself and why he killed Mary and Bessie and thanks Max for seeing him as an individual. At the end of their conversation he asks Max, “Tell . . . Tell Mister . . . Tell Jan hello.” which is very important as Bigger is finally able to see a white man as an individual rather than an oppressive force.
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