Slavery and Neo-Slavery in Native Son

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Over the centuries, the white people have always shown superiority to the blacks. The whites controlled the black community and gave them limited opportunities to spend their life freely. Native Son introduces that slavery and neo-slavery had caused the “development of a psychology of timidity, passivity, and even cowardice among the African American masses” (Wright). Hence, lives of the black people became very different as compared to the white folks. For an example, a woman from both racial groups did not have the same value in society. A young woman belonging to a white family was given higher status and importance in the society than a black woman. Their living conditions were far more peaceful than the women in the black community whereas a black woman always felt oppressed. Thus, white women were considered to be more significant in the society than black women.

A black woman had a total opposite lifestyle than a white woman in the society. In Native Son by Richard Wright, a young woman named Mary Dalton belonged to a wealthy, white family who had everything. She had servants who helped around the house and even a chauffeur who drove her where she wanted. With one request she says “I want you to drive me to the Loop. But if anyone should ask you, then I went to the University” (Wright 64). She seems to be careless and worry-free. She has no obligations to fulfill and has freedom to do as she pleases. Mary also attended University which means that the white women were given an opportunity to be educated while black women couldn’t even afford the thought of going to school. “People are not paying attention to them” even if they are fairly educated (Thompson, Williams). On the other hand, Bessie Mears, who is a young black woman, maintained her daily life by working hard. She claims that “all my life’s been full of hard trouble. If I wasn’t hungry, I was sick. And if I wasn’t sick, I was in trouble. I ain’t never bothered nobody. I...
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