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The Birth of Bigger Discussing his own ineffable nature as a writer Richard Wright admitsAlways there is something that is just beyond the tip of the tongue that could explain it all433 as well as the fact that Reluctantly he the writer comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life and he knows that is impossible434 Despite his humbleness Wright does not fall short of his unobtainable goal in Native Son for its main character Bigger Thomas is as hauntingly conceptual as he is real This is a feat which provides for the jarring social commentary hidden in Biggers actions and words Central to the novels purpose they assist in defining Bigger as a helpless product of the world in which he lives in but never really partakes in Not only does Biggers duality allow him to exist as the bearer of Wrights political and social agenda but also as the amalgamation of Wrights most personal and profound experiences which give Bigger his edge of humanity however jagged it may be Once one learns of Wrights history and the messages he tries to convey to the reader Biggers harsh nature should be nothing less than expected However considering that up until a few years ago Native Son was split apart into two separate books and heavily edited for vulgar dialogue and explicit narration one knows that Biggers character is somewhat taboo Wright foresaw this controversy yet he ventures forth with Native Son despite it because if he doesnt in his own words Id be reacting as Bigger himself reacted that is Id be acting out of fear if I let what I thought the whites would say constrict and paralyze me448 In terms of a tangible character Bigger Thomas is portrayed to the reader as a young man who is pessimistic and resentful of the society in which he lives This negativity which has been in
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