Bigger Thomas's Reaction to Fear

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Native Son Biggers Reaction to Fear Book 1 is called fear as most of Biggers life is surrounded by fear. Fear of white society, fear of being caught at doing something he shouldn’t be doing, fear of his friends. But what the title ‘Fear’ doesn’t express is Biggers reaction to it. Bigger reacts to fear with violence as he finds that it is his only release from the oppressiveness of white society. We know that as, when there is the rat incident, with everybody being scared, Bigger reacts by killing the beast brutally with a skillet. Also, he reacts with violence against White society as he’s scared of them. But, instead of keeping quiet and minding his own business, he feels the need to rob Blum’s, a white mans, store. However, in the end he doesn’t do it as he is in fear of being caught. Again, though he reacts to it by beating Gus, his friend, up using the excuse of Gus being late to get out of their 4mission. Even though he doesn’t show it to his friends by being tough around them, he is scared of the White Society. When he receives the job to be a driver for rich white people, at first, he doesn’t want to go , but, after watching a film at the pictures which shows the lifestyle of white people, he becomes intrigued an d wants to find out more about them. He is surprised however, by how the Daltons family treat him. He is nervous and a little scared , but instead of being grateful towards them he feels anger, especially towards Mary as he feels that they are mocking him. For example, when Mary first sees him and asks him if he belongs to a Union, he feels mocked and takes an immediate disliking to the girl. Bigger also reacts to Fear by mentally abusing certain people like Mary and Bessie, his girlfriend. For example, when Mary and Jan invite him to a black people’s restaurant where Bigger knows some of the people there, he feels uncomfortable and
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