Answers 2Add Yours
Bigger's relationship with the rat is really a metaphor for race relations. The novel opens with Bigger killing a fat black rat that has invaded their decrepit one-room apartment. Even as the rat is considered as an "invasion" to be killed, it is a symbol of the living conditions of urban black America and a foreshadowing metaphor for Bigger's psychological condition. Killing the rat to survive becomes a metaphor for Bigger feeling he must kill white's to survive.
Was mary Dalton death an accident?
Native son by Richard Wright