Native son

Title: Native son

Author: Richard Wright

IBSN: 006083756X

Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Copyright Date: 2005

Genre: Drama

Reading Level: 9th grade

Interest Age: 15 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: It has some racism and communist viewpoints.

Curriculum Ties: none

Information about author: Richard Wright was born on September 4, 1908. He grew up in the racist portion of the United States. He was brought up as a Seventh Day Adventist. He had to drop out of high school because his family needed extra income. He became involved in the Communist party.

Wright wrote several books. Some of these books include Black boy, Native Son, The Outsider and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He received some awards including Story Magazine Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and Spingarn Medal. Other than writing novels, he also wrote poetry and short stories.

Plot Summary: In the racist Chicago of the 1930’s, a young African American man, Bigger, lands a good job as a wealthy white family’s driver. A couple days into the job, the family’s daughter to a party where is meets her communist boyfriend and gets drunk. While trying to get her home safely,Bigger accidentally murders her. Bigger runs from his crime knowing that he will be condemned for his crime based on just his race and situation.

Critical Evaluation: This is an excellent view into the lives of those who are oppressed. It is written to make conversations and insightful thoughts.

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