Native Son: Notes

Native Son: Notes

Native Son: Notes

Native Son: Notes


The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background.


  • Life and Background of the Author
  • List of Characters
  • Critical Commentaries
  • Character Analyses
  • Essay Topics and Review Questions
  • Selected Bibliography

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    A young black man, twenty years old; vicious, vile, and mean; he hates himself and all human society, especially that part of society which made him into a monster.

    Buddy Thomas

    Bigger’s brother; he accepts the standards set for him by the white society against which Bigger rebels.

    Vera Thomas

    Bigger’s sister; she is timid and afraid, almost afraid of her own shadow.

    Mrs. Thomas

    Bigger’s mother; tired and worn out from the daily task of living in abject poverty, persecution, and pain, she cannot understand Bigger. She prods him daily into further differences between them, especially by . . .

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