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Communism in Native Son In Native Son Richard Wright tackles many difficult issues Besides such major ones as rape murder religion and racism he also has much to say about Communism In the novel one of Biggers biggest struggles is the idea of a class system in which he cannot get ahead no matter what he does simply because of the color of his skin One of the key elements in Communism is that it is a system in which all individuals are treated as equals and the population abides by that Jan Erlone an employee of the Labor Defender office is seen as a Communist in the novel Jan attempts to show Bigger that there can be a way in which blacks can be seen as equal to whites but it is only through Communism He tells Bigger After the revolution itll be oursTherell be no white and no black therell be no rich and no poor Wright 68 This seems to be the author blatantly coming out and preaching to his audience his own ideals At the time he wrote the book Wright was a member of the Communist Party Before the trial even begins we see the coroner taking blatant shots at Jan He not only tries to stir up the public by what he is saying he also tries to destroy the credibility of the Communist Party as well It is as if he is telling everyone that black people as a whole should not be trusted and are not human like white people Once the trial begins we see Max the other important Communist in the novel give a speech to the Grand Jury that basically bleeds of Communist propaganda Max attempts to show that it is not just a trial and decision if one black man killed a white woman but rather that millions of blacks were suffering daily to try to fit in and be seen
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