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Book One Fear Native Son takes place in Chicago in the late 1930s and it is a harsh winter in the Black Belt The main character is a twenty-year-old black man named Bigger Thomas who lives in an impoverished one room apartment with his mother and his teenaged siblings Vera and Buddy Ma and Vera share one bed Buddy and Bigger share the other One morning Ma and Vera wake up to find a foot-long rat running through the apartment Amid screams Bigger and Buddy wake up Armed with a heavy iron skillet Bigger kills the rat Vera begins whining after Bigger shoves the dead rat in her face swinging the animals body by its tail After Vera passes out Ma gets mad at Bigger and orders him to go outside and throw the animal away Ma is worried that her son appears unconcerned about her welfare and at breakfast she prophecies that Bigger will go to the gallows unless he discontinues associating with his gang Bigger quickly eats his breakfast Clearly annoyed he rushes out of the apartment after collecting carfare for his 530PM interview with Mr Dalton Bigger had casually mentioned the potential heist to his poolroom gang Gus GH and Jack Gus arrives and he and Bigger lean against a wall to smoke cigarettes and watch an airplane sky-write an advertisement USE SPEED GASOLINE Eventually Gus tells Bigger that he thinks too much and they head to the poolroom to take their mind off of their depression Bigger has no money for the pool game so Gus picks up the tab The poolroom is owned by Doc an older black man As they begin their game Bigger asks Gus if he is interested in robbing Blum Bigger belligerently accuses Gus of being afraid to rob a white man Biggers temper flares stronger after Jack and GH arrive at Docs and he doesnt wait long before re-proposing the robbery When Jack and
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