08 Sep

Book IINative Son

It’s always nice when a classic author gives us the answers to few wrap-up questions.

“What does the central character want?”  (WEM pg. 73)

He did not want to sit on a bench and sing, or lie in a corner and sleep.  It was when he read the newspapers or magazines, went to the movies, or walked along the streets with crowds, that he felt what he wanted: to merge himself with others and be a part of this world, to lose himself in it so he could find himself, to be allowed a chance to live like others, even though he was black.

What is standing in his way?

… he was black.

And what strategy does he pursue in order to overcome this block?

He had committed murder twice and had created a new world for himself.

The Native Son quotes come from page 227 of my Perennial Library copy.


Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Native Son


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3 responses to “Wants

  1. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    September 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I caught that, too, and quickly starred it! There are some others I wish were written in this manner.


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