Native Son Bigger Thomas has been shaped by various forces. Forces that have changed the life completely for Bigger Thomas. In Native Son, Bigger Thomas seems to be composed of a mass of disruptive emotions rather than a rational mind joined by a soul. Bigger strives to find a place for himself, but the blindness he encounters in those around him and the bleak harshness of the Naturalistic society that Wright presents the reader with close him out as effectively as if they had shut a door in his face. In the first book, Wright tells the reader “these were the rhythms of his life: indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger — like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far-away, invisible force” (p.31). Bigger is controlled by forces that he cannot tangibly understand. Biggers many acts of violence are, in effect, a quest for a soul. He desires an identity that is his alone. Both the white !
and the black communities have robbed him of dignity, identity, and individuality. The human side of the city is closed
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