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Native Son Character Actions Defines Their IndividualRichard Wrights novel Native Son consisted of various main andsupporting character to deliver an effective array ofpersonalities and expression Each characters actions definestheir individual personalities and belief systems The maincharacter of Native Son Bigger Thomas has personality traitsspanning various aspect of human nature including actionsmotivated by fear quick temper and a high degree ofintelligence Bigger whom the novel revolves around portraysvarious personality elements through his actionsMany of his action suggest an overriding response to fear whichstems from his exposure to a harsh social climate in which a clearline between acceptable behavior for whites and blacks existsHis swift anger and his destructive impulses stem from that fearand becomes apparent in the opening scene when he fiercely attacksa huge rat The same murderous impulse appears when his secretdread of the delicatessen robbery impels him to commit a viciousassault on his friend Gus Bigger commits both of the brutalmurders not in rage or anger but as a reaction to fear Histypical fear stems from being caught in the act of doingsomething socially unacceptable and being the subject ofpunishment Although he later admits to Max that Mary Daltonsbehavior toward him made him hate her it is not that hate whichcauses him to smother her to death but a feeble attempt to evadethe detection of her mother The fear of being caught with awhite woman overwhelmed his common sense and dictated hisactions When he attempted to murder Bessie his motivation camefrom intense fear of the consequences of letting her liveBigger realized that he could not take Bessie with him or leaveher behind and concluded that killing her could provide her onlyThe emotional forces that drive Bigger are conveyed by means otherthan his words Besides reactions to fear his actions demonstratean extremely quick temper and destructive impulse as an integralpart of his nature Rage plays a key part in his basic naturebut does not directly motivate the murders he commits Rage doesnot affect Biggers
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