Bigger Thomas as America’s Native Son
In the novel the Native Son, the author Richard
Wright explores racism and oppression in
American society. Wright skillfully merges his narrative voice into Bigger Thomas so that the reader can also feel how the pressure and racism affects the feelings, thoughts, self-image, and life of a Negro person. Bigger is a tragic product of American imperialism and exploitation
in a modern world. Bigger embodies one of
humankind’s greatest tragedies of how mass oppression permeates all aspects of the lives of the oppressed and the oppressor, creating a world of misunderstanding, ignorance, and suffering.
The novel is loaded with a plethora of imageries of a hostile white world . Wright shows how white
racism affects the behavior, feelings, and
thoughts of Bigger.
“Everytime I think about it I feel like somebody’s
poking a red-hot iron down my throat…We live here and they live there. We black and they white. They got things and we ain’t. They do
things and we can’t…I feel like I’m on the
outside the world peeping in through a knot-hole in the fence…”
Max Boris: Max Boris is an idealistic
lawyer with communist sympathies who
defends the protagonist Bigger Thomas
but comes under attack himself because
he is a communist and a Jew. More than
any other character, he understands
Bigger and forms a close relationship
the writers narrative style in the novel
the writer ( bayo adebowale) successfully use dialogue to convey the thought and feelings of the characters in the prose. Some instances of the use of dialogue include the instance of varieties interaction wite woye,as well as that of yaremis interaction with ajimobi.also dialogue is used in yaremi’s response to her prospective lovers.
The writer resorts to the use of omniscience narrative tecnique to sussessfully draw up the plot of the story and convey the thought and feelings of each of his characters
Idioms and proverbs are equally made used of in the play.some instance of this include
“the roater jar has broken and its content spilled on the bare floor”
“when fire burns out it succeds itself with wood harsh and when the bannana dies it replaces itself with young suckers to ensure life continuity
Nii Kpakpo and Maa Tsuru are lovers in the novel (Faceless). Maa Tsuru is the mother of Fofo, Baby T and some other children. She does not gave a stable relationship as she comes across men who impregnates her and dumps her afterwards.
Being a gullible woman, Maa Tsuru believes Nii Kwakpo without questioning. She however regrets her relationship with the man later in the novelbas she realises her mistakes and gullibility. Maa Tsuru began to feel for the pinch. She dropped a hint to kpakpo but either he did not get it or refused to get it. Kwakpo succeeds in deceiving Maa Tsuru to part with her daughter, Baby T, only for Maa Tsuru to regret it later when Baby T is being gruesomely murdered.
1) Exam the Significance of Vickie and Kabira’s Visit to the police
2) Discuss the realtionship btw Nii KpaKpo and Maa Tsuru in the novel
3) Discuss the theme of loneliness in the novel
4) Comment on the Writers narrative style in the novel
5) Consider the view that it is the society that make bigger a murderer in the novel
6) What is Max’s attitude toward racial relations in the novel