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The Three Roles of The Black Man in Book 1 Fear Have you ever heard the saying money makes the world go round Well it goes without saying that money makes the USA go round With money comes power and in the Capitalistic system where production and distribution are privately or corporately owned by whites Whites have the upper hand blacks undeniably have the lower hand Communist ideologies believe that the organization of labor should be for the common advantage of all members it also advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat which means the poorest class of working people aka the African American Richard Wright wrote Native Son in order to portray how black life is doomed in America and how some will revolt consciously or subconsciously Wright opens the readers eyes to the oppression that whites inflict on blacks through capitalism and by doing so he illuminates the virtues of communist ideologies In the novel Native Son the black man is denied the three basic rights of freedom 1The capacity to exercise choice 2The right to unrestricted use full access 3 The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship He has three paths roles that he can take as a way of dealing with this oppression 1Passivity designed by whites finding comfort in the fantasy offered by religion 2Establishment in middle class society therefore becoming the white man accomplice in oppression 3Rejecting the white capitalist ideology and assuming the role of the criminal which will result in physical violence Native Son is a novel set in the 1930s The scene for the story is Chicago in the midst of the great depression the book follows the life of a young African American male named Bigger Thomas living in the ghetto without real
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