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The best thing one can take away from this story is ...
on February 11, 2015
Richard Wright excellently exposes the stark racial divisions of the 1930s Chicago Black Belt in his period piece Native Son. Following the misfortune of the young protagonist Bigger Thomas, Wright seeks to convey a coming of age initiated by tragic conflict. Not only is the reader enveloped by racial conflict behind the words of Wright, but by general conflict between all men. Through this composition, Wright aims to reveal the darkness often covered up during the period of writing, seen through the eyes of the racially suppressed.
The best thing one can take away from this story is an appreciation for empathy and feelings other than our own. Though it is easy to jump to the conclusion that Bigger is an evil man, if you take the time to think and really read between the lines you actually can actively understand the actions which he takes throughout the story and feel a connection with him until the very end. This gift of empathy is would I would argue is Wright’s most amazing result from this story. All in all there is a lot to be learned from reading Native Son and not only does it teach about a historical period of time, but it wraps the piece of historical fiction nicely into a novel, a medium accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
I highly recommend this thrilling expose.