By reading the novel “Native son”, by Richard Wright, which perfectly encapsulates the prevalent racism between the white and African community in Chicago in the 1930s, I became more aware of the real issue behind racism in America. This novel is mainly centered on Bigger Thomas, a young, African American man without any ambition to succeed. This trend is due to the oppressive white culture, which constantly hinders Bigger’s ability to make a living in his town and forcing him to live in the slums. As this novel progresses, Bigger finds himself drunk and eventually killing an innocent white woman of a reputable household. The most engrossing aspect of this novel is how the story is told in the third person omniscient. This perspective allows us to know every character’s thoughts; however, it mainly focuses on telling Bigger’s side of the story and therefore limits our perspective to only Bigger, which allows us to share empathy with him. Not only is “Native son” a fiction crime drama, but it also serves as a social and political commentary for the hypocrisy of justice. Therefore, Wright portrays a society so plagued by the racial prejudice against the blacks to the extent that the concept of equality was rendered meaningless.
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