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Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The movies he sees depict whites as wealthy sophisticates and blacks as jungle savages.
He and his family live in cramped and squalid conditions, enduring socially enforced poverty and having little opportunity for education. Just as whites fail to conceive of Bigger as an individual, he does not really distinguish between individual whites—to him, they are all the same, frightening and untrustworthy.
Instead, he feels an odd jubilation because, for the first time, he has asserted his own individuality against the white forces that have conspired to destroy it. Throughout the novel, Wright illustrates the ways in which white racism forces blacks into a pressured—and therefore dangerous—state of mind.
Blacks are beset with the hardship of economic oppression and forced to act subserviently before their oppressors, while the media consistently portrays them as animalistic brutes. Given such conditions, as Max argues, it becomes inevitable that blacks such as Bigger will react with violence and hatred.
However, Wright emphasizes the vicious double-edged effect of racism: Only when sympathetic understanding exists between blacks and whites will they be able to perceive each other as individuals, not merely as stereotypes.
The Effect of Racism on the Oppressor The deleterious effect of racism extends to the white population, in that it prevents whites from realizing the true humanity inherent in groups that they oppress. Wright illustrates that racism is destructive to both groups, though for very different reasons.
Many whites in the novel, such as Britten and Peggy, fall victim to the obvious pitfall of racism among whites: Indeed, for a time, Bigger manages to escape suspicion. Other white characters in the novel—particularly those with a self-consciously progressive attitude toward race relations—are affected by racism in subtler and more complex ways.
Though the Daltons, for instance, have made a fortune out of exploiting blacks, they aggressively present themselves as philanthropists committed to the black American cause. We sense that they maintain this pretense in an effort to avoid confronting their guilt, and we realize that they may even be unaware of their own deep-seated racial prejudices.
Mary and Jan represent an even subtler form of racism, as they consciously seek to befriend blacks and treat them as equals, but ultimately fail to understand them as individuals. This failure has disastrous results.
Drawing inspiration from actual court cases of the s—especially the —39 case of Robert Nixon, a young black man charged with murdering a white woman during a robbery—Wright portrays the American judiciary as an ineffectual pawn caught between the lurid interests of the media and the driving ambition of politicians.
Nonetheless, the justice system still fails him, as he receives neither a fair trial nor an opportunity to defend himself.AGNEW, J. Worlds Apart the Market. For Later the mobile wealth amassed on behalf of the house- holding oligarchy of the city-state. who was thought to be Hermes's son and who " 'surpassed all men in thievishness and the oath.
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Raphaël Lambert’s analysis in “From Page to Screen: A Comparative Study of Richard Wright’s Native Son and Its Two Film Adaptations” argues that Wright conceived the novel in cinematic terms in an attempt to enhance the realism of the story and thus insure that Bigger’s feelings would be impressed upon the reader as unmediated by words.
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In his novel, Native Son, Richard Wright reveals his major theme of the Black population in America in the ’s. In the opening scene of the novel, Wright introduces his condemning message towards the ugliness of American racism and the social oppression of Blacks in his . Wright’s exploration of Bigger’s psychological corruption gives us a new perspective on the oppressive effect racism had on the black population in s America.
Bigger’s psychological damage results from the constant barrage of racist propaganda and racial oppression he faces while growing up.