Native Son

Native Son

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  • Fear(pg.45)
  • "I´ll tell Mr.Dalton that you´re here and he´ll be out in a moment" pg.45
  • Flight(pg.149)
  • "There´s plenty of places, he said. I know the South Side from A to Z."
  • Guilt(pg.171)
  • "For Gods sake, man! What´re you doing? Don´t shoot...I havn´t bothered you.¨
  • A central message in Native Son is that the feeling of being trapped can result in fear. Bigger, the main character, is in the Daltons house when he describes it as " a white home;dim lights burned round him;strange objects challenged him;he was feeling angry and uncomfortable"(pg.45). The white within the room symoblizes the majority of the society being white. This shows that BIgger feels as though he is always being watched by the white people around him.  This goes to show that in result of feeling trapped we feel fear and out of place. 
  • A central message in Native Son is that the feeling of power makes us feel safe. After Bigger, the main character, killed Mary he felt that "As long as he could take his life into his own hands and dispose of it as he pleased, as long as he could decide just when and where he would run to, he need not be afriad" (pg149). Biggers confidence with getting away with the fact that he killed Mary symbolizes the power he feels. This shows that Bigger feels equal to the white people in his community and that he is no longer afraid of them. This is just one of the many examples that we can use to show how the feeling of having power can make us feel safe. 
  • A central message in Native Son is that our bad decisions can lead to guilt. One example presenetd in the book is when Bigger and Jan stepped aside to talk nd Bigger felt "if Jan continued to stand there and make him feel this awful sense of guilt, he would have to shoot him in spite of himself" pg. (171).  In this quote we can see that Bigger is a rounded charcter. Throughout the book Biggers personalty changes and in result he feels guilt of the actions that made him feel powerful. This conects back to the idea that your actios may lead to change within yourself
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