Karen P edited the characters of Native Son Friday, May 25, 2012.
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- Edited the description of Bigger Thomas: The protagonist of the novel, Bigger commits two ghastly murders and is put on trial for his life. He is convicted and sentenced to the electric chair. His acts give the novel action but the real plot involves Bigger's reactions to his environment and his crime. Through it all, Bigger struggles to discuss his feelings, but he can neither find the words to fully express himself nor does he have the time to say them. However, as they have been related through the narration, Bigger—typical of the
&quot;outsider&quot;archetype—has finally discovered the only important and real thing: his life. Though too late, his realization that he is alive—and able to choose to befriend Mr. Max—creates some hope that men like him might be reached earlier.Debatable as the final scene is, in which for the first time Bigger calls a white man by his first name, Bigger is never anything but a failed human. He represents the black man conscious of a system of racial oppression that leaves him no opportunity to exist but through crime. As he says to Gus, &quot;Theydon't let us do nothing... <and> I can't get used to it.&quot;He even admits to wanting to be an aviator and later, to Max, he admits to wanting to be a great number of things. He can do nothing but be one of many blacks in the ghetto and maybe get a job serving whites; crime seems preferable. Not surprisingly, then, he already has a criminal history, and he has even been to reform school. Ultimately, the greatest thing he can do is transgress the boundary the white world has set for him. He can violate what those who oppress him hold sacred and thereby meet the challenge they set in establishing their boundaries.
- Edited the description of Mary Dalton: The communist daughter of Mr.
&amp;Mrs. Dalton who drinks and acts irresponsibly. Her actions ultimately add to Bigger's demise.
- Removed a character:
Bigger Thomas: Young black man (20) who is sent for a job at Mr Dalton's house as chauffeur. Things take a turn for the worse for Bigger when he is unwittingly involved in the death of Mr Dalton's daughter.
- marked the description of
Bigger Thomas as not a spoiler