Son by Richard Wright
- Read the novel in a timely manner; your listserv
participation will depend on you not procrastinating.
- Write answers to the
questions; copy and paste this page into Word and type your
answers. You will be answering 20 of the 30. Read directions carefully.
- Participate in listserv discussion at least
three times; posing one question or comment and responding
to others (making references to the text). Use the same listserv
as for Sophie's World.
- See calendar for due date.
- Write an essay on your own time (give yourself
about 40 minutes) and hand in your revised, typed copy with the
questions. Essay choices follow.
- (Idea/Theme): Buckley's closing statement
indirectly proves Max's argument that Bigger and millions like him have
been created by oppression. (It is indirect in that he does not intend
to prove Max's argument). Reread Buckley's closing statement, paying
special attention to the last two paragraphs on page 476. Show how
Wright's diction and tone in Buckley's speech create the ironic effect.
- (Character): Bigger's circumstances occur in an
escalated frenzy of irrational behavior (at least from our point of
view). Wright says of Bigger who feels helpless, "Either he was too
weak, or the world was too strong; he didn't know which" (399). Discuss
the elements of this tension as a factor in Bigger's character
development that led to his end.
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