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Characterization and Setting in Native Son

By d123jc Apr 28, 2014 309 Words
Characterization and Setting in Native Son
In the novel Native Son, characterization and setting play a major role and contributes greatly to how the story develops. Each character’s traits and personalities add more to the plot of the story Native Son and is what creates the main plot. In Bigger’s case characterization and setting are what gets him into trouble. Other characters in Native son possess personalities that cause the plot to become more enticing. The setting of the story and location of certain characters in the novel also causes problems. In the Native Son, Bigger is the main character that possesses certain character traits that almost left him doomed from the start. From the first scene in the novel, Bigger displayed a lot of aggression and ruthlessness that rendered him to just be an overall violent person as well as being scared. As the story progressed, the reader was shown that Bigger was unable to control his anger and this lead to the unfortunate murder of Ms. Mary Dalton. After Mary Dalton’s Death, Mr. Dalton did not allow the private investigator to fully interrogate Bigger even though he was his daughter’s killer because he is a good hearted trusting person. The setting in the novel Native Son plays a major role in the character Bigger’s situation in different ways. One way is that Bigger grew up in an environment where he was predisposed to violence and this made him almost bound to be a violent person. Also, Bigger was raised in Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s where a black man in the world was almost destined not to accomplish most things in life and destined for trouble. Both characterization and setting played a major role in the development of the novel native son and builds up th…e plot in the novel

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