Native Son

Briefly describe how bigger kills the rat . In what ways does the rats death mirror bigger final fate.

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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.

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Native son by Richard Wright