Native Son

How does Bessie cope with the limitations of her life as a black woman? Why does Bigger think she is blind? What does Bigger like about Bessie?

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Bigger sees that Bessie is as blind as his family, that like tehm, she arrogantly assumes that their knowledge of “blackness” can protect them. In response, she uses liquor to blot out the pain of her life.


Native Son/ Book 2/ Part 1