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Native Son by Richard Wright
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Feb 28, 13

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Read from February 25 to 28, 2013

Was I supposed to feel sorry for Bigger Thomas? I didn't. Bigger's internal dialogue points to his assumption that people think he is a murderer because he is black. But really people think he is a murderer becuase he is a murderer. His every decision is selfish; he blames his murder of his girlfriend on her, saying she shouldn't have asked him about the earlier murder of Mary. He claims his only regret about the murder of Mary is that he didn't get more money out of it. And I don't believe Mary's murder was an accident. The narrative description of the murder is clear that he knew exactly what he was doing, his actions only preserving his need to keep himself from being "in trouble" at the cost of a life. I still liked the book though, it was well written and deserves to be in the 1001 books to read before you die list.

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