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Richard Wright is the author of the novel Native Son By writing thenovel he wanted to awaken America to the realities of the relationshipbetween blacks and whites in the controversial 1930s When he wrotethis novel it caused many disputes among Americans Many peoplethought that some of the issues Wright included in his novel were notappropriate to write about Richard Wright believed that even the badparts of America should be seen thoughThis story takes place in Chicago Illinois in the late 1930s Themain character is Bigger Thomas He is a twenty year old black manwho lives in a one-room apartment with his mother sister and brother The part of town they live in is infested with crime and most of thebuildings are dilapidated Bigger believes that he could never get far inlife because of his being an inferior black man in a white worldBigger wants to help support his family so he decides to apply fora job as a chauffeur He is hired by a millionaire named Henry Daltonwho allows Bigger to live in his house Mr Dalton and his wife who isblind always try to help their employees succeed in life Everythinggoes well for a while until one night when Mr Daltons teenagedaughter Mary gets drunk Bigger carries Mary to her room after shefalls down while climbing the stairs While Bigger is in Marys roomMrs Dalton comes to check in on her Although Mrs Dalton wouldntbe able to see Bigger in Marys room he is afraid that Mary might makea noise and Mrs Dalton might think that he is raping her daughter Inhis terror Bigger covers Marys face with a pillow and accidentallyWhen Bigger sees that he killed Mary he freaks out chops up herbody with an ax and hides it in the furnace downstairs Although heacts out of fear and doesnt know what he is doing Bigger still feels asense of control that hes never felt before Bigger leads everyone tobelieve that Marys Communist
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