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I started to add the following:
- Bigger befriends a white communist woman and returns to her house with her; her mother is blind and enters her daughter's bedroom while Bigger is there. Bigger, terrified,
Then the questions I don't remember the answers to: was she drunk? was he drunk? why did he put the pillow over her face? Has anyone read this more recently than 8 years ago? Koyaanis Qatsi 05:04 Jan 31, 2003 (UTC)
- Working from a plot outline. Mary Dalton and her lover, Jan, befriend Bigger (not the other way round) took Bigger to the Communist meeting. Bigger did not want to be friends with them, but it was his job. They all drank. She was too drunk to take herself to bed. Bigger helped her to her bedroom. When her mother entered, Bigger covered Mary's face with a pilow to keep her quiet because he feared the mother's suspicions. Mother smelled booze, decided daughter was drunk, left. Bigger finds he has smothered her. Plot ensues. Want more? Ortolan88
- No, that's plenty, thanks. I just couldn't remember the circumstances that led to the smothering. Koyaanis Qatsi
is it significant the character Max, Bigger's defense lawyer and a member of the communist party, closely resembles Marx, the author of The Communist Manifesto? perhaps I am simply yearning to find an irrelavant connection between the two.
- Just a note, the length of the summaries of books 1 and 2 sharply contrast the length of the summary of book 3. Can someone make sure that the plot summary lengths of the individual books are more equal? Thanks. Prayerfortheworld (talk) 02:02, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
Allusions and references in other works
"Calm like a Bomb" by Rage Against the Machine references this novel (This is the Native Son, born of Zapata's guns), as well as James Baldwin's return home from Paris. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:06, 31 January 2011 (UTC)
"Native Son" is mentioned in Chapter 22 of Ralph Ellison's masterpiece novel "Invisible Man" published in 1952.
Where does this appear in Chp. 22 of "Invisible Man" ??? It is not in my copy of the text.