Title Profile & Character Information

Native Son

Annotation

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.



Characters
NameThomas, Bigger
GenderMale
OccupationChauffeur
TraitAfrican American

GenreClassic
Literary
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsAfrican Americans
Racial identity
Equal rights
Social classes
Poverty
Desperation
Free will
Murder
Rape
Inner-city life
SettingChicago, Illinois
Urban