Poverty and Literature
Assignment on Richard Wright’s Native Son
This essay is due on due
on Thursday, March 23rd at 3:30 p.m.
Explain Richard Wright’s political purpose in
his characterization of Bigger Thomas and in the action of Native Son.
How does Wright justify his assertion that
racism is the defining force determining the situation of blacks in
mid-century America? To what extent does Wright hold Bigger
responsible for his actions? What kind of intervention does he
believe would be necessary to reach and save young people like
If you wish, allow the voices of Hilfiker, Crane and Lemann to join the debate.