Spellbinding Story Specifies Social Issues in the 1930s

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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