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TERM PAPER IDEAS / BOOK REPORT TOPICS
1. Compare the character of Bigger Thomas in Native Son to that
of the young Richard Wright in Black Boy.
5. Does Wright succeed in making Bigger a sympathetic character? Is that his goal? Explain.
1. Compare Wright's attitude toward the black church in Native Son and in Black Boy. Does he criticize only or does he see a positive dimension too? What evidence can you offer?
2. Evaluate James Baldwin's critique of Richard Wright in the essays "Many
Thousands Gone," "Everybody's Protest Novel," and "Poor
Richard." Is Baldwin correct in his criticism of Wright's portrayal
of black community life?
3. How does Wright view male-female relationships? Draw evidence from
both Native Son and Black Boy.
• STYLE, SETTING, AND STRUCTURE
1. Identify the patterns of imagery in Native Son. How do they
affect the novel's atmosphere and its meaning?
1. How much of Native Son's ideas come from the Communist Party of Wright's time? How do Native Son's ideas differ from those of the Communist Party?
2. How accurate was Wright's portrayal of the racism of his time? What is
1. Do you find Native Son too melodramatic? Explain.