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Native Son by Richard Wright
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Jul 31, 14

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I don't understand Bigger Thomas. He is a poor black man trapped in a rich white world, where he is treated and hunted like an animal. He responds to everything with fierce anger and violence. He strives for freedom and power because they are not offered to people like him. But I do not understand Bigger Thomas.

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message 1: by Cherie (new)

Cherie This book is the first African American existentialist novel. The whole point is the absurdity of the life Bigger leads. There are some good peer reviewed journal commentaries on this. I wrote an essay in college comparing this novel to a lesser known work of Camus called "Exile and the Kingdom." It's a series of short stories, but the whole of Camus's works deal with the main character (hero/anti-hero, you decide) reaching an epiphany.

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