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.