Richard Wright (ebook or Pdf) Native Son

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Is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in Ameri A gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnation of white supremacy make it still worth reading

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Native Son

Ory of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panicSet in Chicago in the 1930s Wright's powerful novel Updating my shelves I read this in high school for a book report Being that I m from the Chicago suburbs originally this was one of my first exposures to life in another part of the city and I found the book to be fascinating It would be interesting to reread it through adult eyes

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Right from the start Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance it was for murder and rape Native Son tells the st These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire moments of silence and moments of anger like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt were never seen It was his own sun and darkness a private and personal sun and darkness Richard Wright Native Son This story is still heavily on my mind I think if I d read it earlier I would have reacted to it differently There is so much going on it has been hard for me to write a coherent review but I feel compelled to write down some of my thoughts regardless of how disjointed they may be The story starts off with a poor black family trying to kill a rat in their apartment it reeks of poverty from the start and uickly materializes into showing us the dark side of racist American society It introduces us to our protagonist Bigger Thomas who I d heard of even before I read this book I knew that he had accidentally killed a white girl and then killed a black girl to cover his crime I d even read James Baldwin s literary criticism of this book but there was to this story than that Had I known I wouldn t have stayed away from this novel for this longThe mind numbing lives black people had to live was clearly illustrated from the start The drugs alcohol women pool playing cheap movies religionall were seen as ways to not think about what was going on around them As Bigger said He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how they lived the shame and misery of their lives he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair My feelings about the book were in part influenced by the current civil rights movement in the States If that hadn t been going on the book would still have been horrific but with it it was even visceral It would have been satisfying to have finished reading the book and said Thank God all that crazy racism stuff is over but watch the news on any given day and you know it s alive and wellI was fascinated by how the whites and blacks interacted In the book we have a rich white family the Dalton s who are actually the good guys but even they had a problematic way of looking at and dealing with the blacks they purported to be helping They made them appear so simplistic almost like children On the other hand Mary the daughter did not really understand that her being overly friendly to Bigger or inviting him to eat with her was actually making him uncomfortable and could cause serious repercussions for him In her privileged position she failed to have much empathy or understanding for Bigger I saw Mary and her boyfriend Jan as behaving like old school anthropologists going to observe blacks in their natural habitat as it were Their actions were very voyeuristic and I could understand Bigger s rage at their behaviour The psychological aspects of race and poverty is not something they understood coming from privileged backgrounds There was the lack of privacy the poor had the fact that their lives were so clearly on display and that they had little to no control over their lives that made Jan and Mary s actions particularly degradingTo be honest this book scared me It scared me because it showed that you can have groups of people living in close proximity yet not knowing anything about each other instead holding on to an alien image of the other To Bigger and his kind white people were not really people they were a sort of great natural force like a stormy sky looming overhead or like a deep swirling river stretching suddenly at one s feet in the dark As long as he and his black folks did not go beyond certain limits there was no need to fear that white force But whether they feared it or not each and every day of their lives they lived with it even when words did not sound its name they acknowledged its reality As long as they lived here in this prescribed corner of the city they paid mute tribute to it It scared me because people are treated according to their race and like it or not recent events have shown this It scared me that the coloured body can be exploited even in death Poor Bessie she said I just work I ain t had no happiness no nothing I just work I m black and I work and don t bother nobody Probably the cry of so many at the time And to make matters even worse in death her body is exploited What made her death even sadder and tragic was this Though he had killed a black girl and a white girl he knew that it would be for the death of the white girl that he would be punished The black girl was merely evidence The media whipping people into a frenzy not just with race but with Islamophobia is happening now just as it happened back then Several hundred Negroes resembling Bigger Thomas were rounded up Like the panelist at a Black History Month event I attended this week said regarding his having been stopped by the Vancouver police who said he fitted a description of a black man wanted for robbery You mean a black man between 5 2 and 7 3 This book showed me the impact of racism in an even profound way than in other books I ve readI don t think I will ever forget it


10 thoughts on “Native Son

  1. says:

    My older brother Larry who is extremely well read recently came to town for a visit He had with him a copy of Native Son I asked what prompted him to re read it He explained that he had actually never read it before which he confes

  2. says:

    This book is extremely powerful I saw another review saying that they could not believe this was written and released in 1940 I agree as I can only imagine how controversial the content would have been at that tim

  3. says:

    “These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger—like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night; but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt were never

  4. says:

    Updating my shelves I read this in high school for a book report Being that I'm from the Chicago suburbs originally this was one of my first exposures to life in another part of the city and I found the book to be fascinating It would be interesting to reread it through adult eyes

  5. says:

    One has got to appreciate the diplomatic mincing of words that graces the GR blurb Set in Chicago in the 1930s Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America A distinctly inno

  6. says:

    SPOILERS Reading the first 2 parts of Native Son Richard Wright's landmark novel is an absolute thrill One part Tom Ripley

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    Have you heard the name Trayvon Martin If you have good If you haven’t look him up Open a tab search up the name T R A Y V O N etc and read Familiarize yourself with the exact definitions of the atrocity the scope of the repercussions throughout the US the up and currently running process of rectification that in a fair and just

  8. says:

    A gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There’s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnation

  9. says:

    Maybe it's the inevitable melancholy of getting older but reading this novel for the second time roughly 13 years after the first go has made me tremendously sad and despairingI would like to think the country is so much different 70 years after its publication but is it

  10. says:

    What a powerful book In narrative theme character and motifs Wright uses his whole arsenal to show us the horrors of racism He seems to be able to reflect back the experience of racism—how it's created and it's cycle of destruction I've read other Black writers before but this book is probably the one that has taken on

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