NABTEB LIT OBJ
8i) Mary Mary, Quite Contrary
Mary Dalton, the only daughter of a wealthy capitalist in Chicago, rebels the only way she knows how: she starts dating a Communist.
Her attempts to break free from her family’s wealth lead her to do numerous crazy things. She wants to transcend her privileged status, but she doesn’t realize just how privileged she is. Like her boyfriend Jan, she’s clueless that her attempts to befriend Bigger make him feel ashamed and afraid. She’s also unaware just quite how belittling she’s being:
(Mary): “Say, Jan, do you know many Negroes? I want to meet some.”
“I don’t know any very well. But you’ll meet them when you’re in the Party.”
“They have so much emotion! What a people! If we could ever get them going…”
“We can’t have a revolution without ‘em,” Jan said. “They’ve got to be organized. They’ve got spirit. They’ll give the Party something it needs.”
“And their songs—the spirituals! Aren’t they marvelous?” Bigger saw her turn to him. “Say, Bigger, can you sing?” (1.1208-1211)
Ugh. That scene makes us so squeamish.
When Mary gets drunk, she has no idea that she is putting Bigger into a situation where he simply can’t win. There can be no good outcome for him by taking her upstairs to her bedroom when she is drunk. Her inability to see beyond her own immediate desire to befriend Bigger suggests that, ultimately, she may be too self-focused to see outside of herself. She wants to save the world, but knows far too little about it
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8iii) Boris To The Max
At the end of Native Son, a book that can make you say “Humanity is jacked up” and crawl under the comforter with a pint of ice cream, we finally get Boris Max. And—get this—he’s a lawyer. Mr. Max makes us want to un-tell all our favorite lawyer jokes and start studying for the LSAT.
Like Bigger, Max feels a deep sense of exclusion from American society. As a Jew and a Communist, he suffers in myriad ways because American society is dictated by the prejudices of the majority. Perhaps because of his own experiences living on the fringes of society, Max is willing and able to really listen to (and try to understand) Bigger’s life story:
“Mr. Max, a guy gets tired of being told what he can do and can’t do. You get a little job here and a little job there. You shine shoes, sweep streets; anything… You don’t make enough to live on. You don’t know when you going to get fired. Pretty soon you get so you can’t hope for nothing. You just keep moving all the time, doing what other folks say. You ain’t a man no more. You just work say in and day out so the world can roll on and other people can live. You know, Mr. Max, I always think of white folks…”
He paused. Max leaned forward and touched him. “Go on, Bigger.” (3.1084-1086)
He sympathizes with the idea that factors outside of Bigger’s control created the conditions that caused Mary’s death. He makes a compelling argument for the judge that life inside prison would allow Bigger to live as a man among equals for the first time in his life.
Disappointed at his failure to convince the judge, Max takes on the burden to convince the governor to grant a stay of execution. He fails at that, too. However, in the final scene, despite Max’s sense of failure, he does connect with Bigger. He is ultimately the one who helps Bigger see his worth as a human being, no matter what he’s done or not done in the short time of his life.