Fear Driven: This Is An Essay That Explains The Reasoning Behind The First Book Of "Native Son" By Richard Wright Being Called Fear

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Fear is defined as an unpleasant feeling of distress. Fear is a good title for the first book of Native Son because Bigger Thomas is driven by his fear. Every action that he takes is dictated by fear. Bigger fights with Gus because he was afraid. He goes out with Mary and Jan out of fear. The suffocation of Mary was also caused by his fear of being caught.The first of Bigger’s actions that fear influenced was his fight with Gus.Gus had made the statement before the robbery of Blum’s was to take place that Bigger acted scared to do it. Bigger acted tough to his group of friends in order to cover up his own fear of being caught and put in jail. But when Gus pointed this out Bigger resented Gus for putting it out in the open. Thus to cover up his true feelings Bigger fought Gus. Fear pushed Bigger to greater and greater acts of stupidity to seem brave. Many of Bigger’s foolish mistakes are provoked by his fear of getting caught.Another fear influenced action on Bigger’s part is his actions while with Jan and Mary. Bigger knows that Mary and Jan don’t belong where he does. He also knows that trouble could come of it if he tells them that he won’t sit with them at the restaurant. He is torn between two evils, being caught with them, or having them tell stories on him so he is fired. Bigger chooses to eat with them and do as he is told. But he is very squeamish the whole time that he does this. His lesser fear is realized when he is seen eating with Jan and Mary. But fear is abound in this book of Native...

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