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characters Native Son Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Wright Richard Wright Ì 4 Free download Right from the start Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance it was for murder and rape Native Son tells the st. These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire moments of silence and moments of anger like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt were never seen It was his own sun and darkness a private and personal sun and darkness Richard Wright Native Son This story is still heavily on my mind I think if I d read it earlier I would have reacted to it differently There is so much going on it has been hard for me to write a coherent review but I feel compelled to write down some of my thoughts regardless of how disjointed they may be The story starts off with a poor black family trying to kill a rat in their apartment it reeks of poverty from the start and uickly materializes into showing us the dark side of racist American society It introduces us to our protagonist Bigger Thomas who I d heard of even before I read this book I knew that he had accidentally killed a white girl and then killed a black girl to cover his crime I d even read James Baldwin s literary criticism of this book but there was to this story than that Had I known I wouldn t have stayed away from this novel for this longThe mind numbing lives black people had to live was clearly illustrated from the start The drugs alcohol women pool playing cheap movies religionall were seen as ways to not think about what was going on around them As Bigger said He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how they lived the shame and misery of their lives he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair My feelings about the book were in part influenced by the current civil rights movement in the States If that hadn t been going on the book would still have been horrific but with it it was even visceral It would have been satisfying to have finished reading the book and said Thank God all that crazy racism stuff is over but watch the news on any given day and you know it s alive and wellI was fascinated by how the whites and blacks interacted In the book we have a rich white family the Dalton s who are actually the good guys but even they had a problematic way of looking at and dealing with the blacks they purported to be helping They made them appear so simplistic almost like children On the other hand Mary the daughter did not really understand that her being overly friendly to Bigger or inviting him to eat with her was actually making him uncomfortable and could cause serious repercussions for him In her privileged position she failed to have much empathy or understanding for Bigger I saw Mary and her boyfriend Jan as behaving like old school anthropologists going to observe blacks in their natural habitat as it were Their actions were very voyeuristic and I could understand Bigger s rage at their behaviour The psychological aspects of race and poverty is not something they understood coming from privileged backgrounds There was the lack of privacy the poor had the fact that their lives were so clearly on display and that they had little to no control over their lives that made Jan and Mary s actions particularly degradingTo be honest this book scared me It scared me because it showed that you can have groups of people living in close proximity yet not knowing anything about each other instead holding on to an alien image of the other To Bigger and his kind white people were not really people they were a sort of great natural force like a stormy sky looming overhead or like a deep swirling river stretching suddenly at one s feet in the dark As long as he and his black folks did not go beyond certain limits there was no need to fear that white force But whether they feared it or not each and every day of their lives they lived with it even when words did not sound its name they acknowledged its reality As long as they lived here in this prescribed corner of the city they paid mute tribute to it It scared me because people are treated according to their race and like it or not recent events have shown this It scared me that the coloured body can be exploited even in death Poor Bessie she said I just work I ain t had no happiness no nothing I just work I m black and I work and don t bother nobody Probably the cry of so many at the time And to make matters even worse in death her body is exploited What made her death even sadder and tragic was this Though he had killed a black girl and a white girl he knew that it would be for the death of the white girl that he would be punished The black girl was merely evidence The media whipping people into a frenzy not just with race but with Islamophobia is happening now just as it happened back then Several hundred Negroes resembling Bigger Thomas were rounded up Like the panelist at a Black History Month event I attended this week said regarding his having been stopped by the Vancouver police who said he fitted a description of a black man wanted for robbery You mean a black man between 5 2 and 7 3 This book showed me the impact of racism in an even profound way than in other books I ve readI don t think I will ever forget it

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Have you heard the name Trayvon Martin If you have good If you haven t look him up Open a tab search up the name T R A Y V O N etc and read Familiarize yourself with the exact definitions of the atrocity the scope of the repercussions throughout the US the up and currently running process of rectification that in a fair and just world would not be as excruciatingly slow and painful as it s turning out to be In a fair and just world he would not be one of countless mown down for everything but a valid reasonThis is not a fair and just worldNo this is a world where we have those who profess to be not only good writers deserving of literary rewards but good teachers of writing to boot despite bigoting their scope of literature down to the basic principle of whom they identify with based on parameters such as gender sexuality and color of skinDo you know what that sort of mentality would leave me reading this book Do you know which character I was expected to perfectly align with the one most feasible for the goal of sewing myself up in the skin and riding around in perfect harmony The young white girl so filled with highflown aspirations of social justice so loaded with easy income so filthy with white privilege who is suffocated and mutilated and burned up into a few fragments of bone and a single earringTell me then oh wise teacher keeper of books and innate sense of good literature white middle aged heterosexual the banality of character the default of personalization the one archetype for whom nearly the whole of literature has been customized for and has never known what it means to eke out an empathetic terrain on the basis of understanding not physicality Even here in this book written by a black man you have an overwhelming majority in terms of representation what with your Buckley your Max your multitudes of Klu Klux Klan and crowds and judges all in a big fat white male world While I have a single soul a Mary Dalton What the fuck am I supposed to do with her this small pretty idiot girl who knows nothing of the agony she is sustained by and thinks herself kind and generous by reaching out to those her very skin tone persecutes and compromising their existence with a single moment of stupidly inane trust What am I supposed to do with this pompously fulfilled imbecile this suicidally na ve prat who innocently frames her words out of what she perceives as an intention of kindness treating the other as an animal when she notices their plight and accessory ensuring her comfortable existence when she returns to her natural state of self righteous ignoranceFor you know teacher in spite of all that deficiencies on her part there is a case to be made when it comes to the casual abuse and even casual conformation of mind and soul of countless women in the history of both reality and literature Saintly virgin blighted whore girlfriend in a refrigerator all objects used with unconscious persistence of augmenting the male reality the male realization the male point of view You may not know teacher with your blatant refusal to even consider reading literature on the other side of the curtain of your all too male sensibilities but that is not how woman are That is not how I am and as such it would be all too easy to resonate with Bessie and Mary above all others young women there and gone in a swift spending of their use in the pursuit of a story of a young and violent manTell me in light of that should I hate Bigger Thomas Should I spit on him and his indomitable pride of living one that will not be blinded to the misery of him and his people no matter how much they beg and plead Should I ignore his anger his shame his fearful panic in the face of living cut and dried at every second every year every century that his ancestors were first wrenched away from their homeland and have suffered in inhuman bondage ever since Should I withhold my empathy for someone who looks the reality of his existence in the face dregging out his life in a country that rapes him into a corner and sees that as the way it ought to be Should I refuse to recognize the effects of a neverending amputation of the self s expression onto the wider plane of life and living the horrible conseuences that can and will result so long as oppression stamps its broken and bloody way across ethics and humanityShould I close my ears to the integrity of Max the manipulation of Buckley not chase the slightest bit of critical analysis of the two and their diatribes all because I cannot relate in terms of simple physicality Above all should I have not even embarked on this book written by Richard Wright because somehow I knew that I wouldn t relate because of the differences the author and I have in terms of skin and gender Tell me teacher although it s unlikely you would ever deserve the title no matter how much writing you did Would you have me stuff myself into a box that will cradle me with familiar blindness forever Would you have me tie myself down to the identity of someone like poor Mary Dalton the little fool and rightfully suffer for it For I will never know what it means on a visceral level to be black male and in the United States pushed past the farthest boundaries of humanity by centuries of systematic oppression of an entire people into a barren void where right and wrong sueak along with the voices of ghosts But I do know how to read as well as listen I do know how to write as well as think I do know in the fundamental ache of my self what it means to be a human being Do you know that last one teacher I doubt it

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characters Native Son Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Richard Wright Richard Wright Ì 4 Free download Ory of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panicSet in Chicago in the 1930s Wright's powerful novel. Updating my shelves I read this in high school for a book report Being that I m from the Chicago suburbs originally this was one of my first exposures to life in another part of the city and I found the book to be fascinating It would be interesting to reread it through adult eyes

  • Hardcover
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  • Native Son
  • Richard Wright
  • English
  • 08 November 2019
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