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Alfred Kazin, for example, had found in Wright a troubling obsession with violence: "If he chose to write the story of Bigger Thomas as a grotesque crime story, it is because his own indignation and the sickness of the age combined to make him dependent on violence and shock, to astonish the reader by torrential scenes of cruelty, hunger, rape, murder and flight, and then enlighten him by crude Stalinist homilies."The last phrase apart, something quite similar could be said about the author of ; it is disconcerting toreflect upon how few novelists, even the very greatest, could passthis kind of moral inspection.

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During 1940-1941 Wright collaborated with Paul Green to write a stage adaptation of . It ran on Broadway in the spring of 1941 and was produced by John Houseman andstaged by Orson Welles. Simultaneously, Wright published his sociological-psychologicaltreatise (1941), with photographs collected by Edwin Rosskam; the book was well received. Hisautobiography, , came out in 1945, again a bestseller andBook-of-the-Month Club selection, although the U.S. Senate denounced as"obscene." The later section about his life in Chicago and experience with theCommunist party was not published until 1977 under the title .Wright's publishers in 1945 had only wanted the story of his life in the South and cutwhat followed about his life in the North. There have been numerous biographies of Wright,but all must begin with , Wright's personal and emotional account of hischildhood and adolescence in the Jim Crow South. In a famous passage in the autobiographythat has bothered critics and set Wright apart from the African-American sense ofcommunity, he asserts the "cultural barrenness of black life": ". . . I used to mull over the strange absence of real kindness in Negroes, howunstable was our tenderness, how lacking in genuine passion we were, how void of greathope, how timid our joy, how bare our traditions, how hollow our memories, how lacking wewere in those intangible sentiments that bind man to man, and how shallow was even ourdespair." He found an "unconscious irony" in the idea that "Negroesled so passional an existence": "I saw that what had been taken for ouremotional strength was our negative confusions, our flights, our fears, our frenzy underpressure." Statements like these are contradicted by others that describe a caringcommunity. For example, when Wright's mother suffers a paralytic stroke, "theneighbors nursed my mother day and night, fed us and washed our clothes," and Wrightadmits to being "ashamed that so often in my life I had to be fed by strangers."

Nov 26, 2009 · Refutation: The Story of Bigger Thomas ( Native Son ) In Darryl Pinckney’s discerning critical essay, “Richard Wright: The Unnatural History of a Native Son,” Pinckney states that all of Wright’s books contain the themes of violence, inhumanity, rage, and fear.
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E. Moorer. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice, 1984. 11 7-27. Rampersad, Arnold. "Introduction." Native Son. By Richard Wright. New York: Harper, 1993. XI-xxviii Tremaine, Louis. "The Dissociated Sensibility of Bigger Thomas in Wright's Native Son." Studies in

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"mask" had been "snatched" from his "face," the "particle" detaching itself from the "looming" totality of "white hate," the emergence of a conscience or "stab of remorse" in Bigger-marks the beginning of a fundamental change in Bigger Thomas's perception of himself and others. From this point on, Bigger begins to see the interconnectedness of human beings: "He had lived and acted on the assumption that he was alone, and now he saw that he had not been. What he had done made others suffer" because "his family was a part of him, not only in blood, but in spirit" (277). And with this understanding of relationships and their consequences comes the desire to express himself and "make his feelings known," "to reach out with his bare hands and carve from naked space the concrete, solid reasons why he had murdered"

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Thomas's interactions with others throughout most of Native Son (perversions to which Bigger himself has been subjected, as his own humanity has been denied). As noted earlier, Bigger is so filled with fear and hate that he can only see people as types sexual escape and a tool in extorting money from the Daltons, an object to use rather than a person to respect. This objectification of Bessie and com- plete denial of her humanity is seen most clearly in the rape scene preced- ing her murder, in which Bigger,