Wednesday, April 7, Bigger Thomas vs. Mary Dalton reconvened today after a one-day recess.
Plot summary[ edit ] Book One: Fear[ edit ] Bigger Thomas awakens in a dark, small room to the sound of the alarm clock. He lives in one room with his brother Buddy, his sister Vera, and their mother.
Suddenly, a rat appears. The room turns into a maelstrom, and after a violent chase, Bigger claims the life of the animal with an iron skillet and terrorizes Vera with the dead rodent. Vera faints, and Mrs. Thomas scolds Bigger, who hates his family because they suffer and he cannot do anything about it.
That evening, Bigger has to see Mr. Dalton for a new job. He would like to leave his responsibilities forever, but when he thinks of what to do, he only sees a blank wall. Bigger walks to the poolroom and meets his friend, Gus.
Bigger tells him that every time he thinks about whites, he feels something terrible will happen to him. They meet other friends, G. They are all afraid of attacking and stealing from a white man, but none of them wants to admit his concerns.
Before the robbery, Bigger and Jack go to the movies. They are attracted to the world of wealthy whites in the newsreel and feel strangely moved by the tom-toms and the primitive black people in the film, but they also feel they are equal to those worlds. Dalton and his blind wife use strange words.
They try to be kind to Bigger, but they actually make him very uncomfortable; Bigger does not know what they expect of him. Then their daughter, Mary, enters the room, asks Bigger why he does not belong to a union, and calls her father a "capitalist".
Bigger does not know that word and is even more confused and afraid to lose the job. Bigger has never had a room for himself before.
That night, he drives Mary around and meets her Communist boyfriend Jan. Throughout the evening, Jan and Mary talk to Bigger, oblige him to take them to the diner where his friends are, invite him to sit at their table, and tell him to call them by their first names.
Bigger does not know how to respond to their requests and becomes very frustrated, as he is simply their chauffeur for the night.
At the diner, they buy a bottle of rum. Bigger drives throughout Washington Parkand Jan and Mary drink the rum and make out in the back seat.
Jan and Mary part, but Mary is so drunk that Bigger has to carry her to her bedroom when they arrive home. He is terrified someone will see him with her in his arms; however, he cannot resist the temptation of the forbidden, and he kisses her.
Just then, the bedroom door opens, and Mrs. Bigger knows she is blind but is terrified she will sense him there. He silences Mary by pressing a pillow into her face. Dalton is in the room, trying to alert Bigger that she cannot breathe. Dalton approaches the bed, smells alcohol in the air, scolds her daughter, and leaves.
As Bigger removes the pillow, he realizes that Mary has suffocated. Bigger starts thinking frantically, and decides he will tell everyone that Jan, her Communist boyfriend, took Mary into the house that night.
Her body would not originally fit through the furnace opening, but after decapitating it, Bigger finally manages to put the corpse inside. He adds extra coal to the furnace, leaves the corpse to burn, and goes home.
Bigger goes back to work. Dalton has called a private detective, Mr. Britten interrogates Bigger accusingly, but Dalton vouches for Bigger. Bigger relates the events of the previous evening in a way calculated to throw suspicion on Jan, knowing Mr.
Dalton dislikes Jan because he is a Communist. When Britten finds Jan, he puts the boy and Bigger in the same room and confronts them with their conflicting stories.
He decides to write a false kidnapping note when he discovers Mr. When the Daltons receive the note, they contact the police, who take over the investigation from Britten, and journalists soon arrive at the house.NATIVE SON, Richard Wright's classic novel of tragedy and violence, is intense.
Wright is masterful in taking readers into Bigger's mind and explaining the processes that shape his behavior, emotional state, and decision-making process.
In his novel Native Son, author Richard Wright depicts the struggles of Bigger Thomas, whose life reaches a major turning point after he kills Mary Dalton. Richard Wright 's depiction of Bigger Thomas, a young African American whose social environment moves him to murder and rape, is meant.
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Native Son also emphasizes the idea that generalization of a race leads to terrible consequences. The white race in the book generalized black people as being apes and non-human creatures. The black race on the other hand thought of the white people as being arrogant, filthy rich, and prejudiced jerks.
Bigger Thomas, the protagonist of Native Son, is a shiftless, bullying, vulgar young man who begins the book tormenting his poor mother, goes to a billiards club to plan a robbery with his equally ne'er-do-well friends, then he and one of his friends goes to a movie theater to masturbate in the seats.4/5(K).
Native Son is told in three parts —Fear, Flight, and Fate— which sum up, perfectly, Bigger Thomas's life. Badly in need of a job to help support his family, the ne'er-do-well Bigger goes to work as a driver for the Daltons, a rich white family/5().