Class Agenda 58 – Native Son – Beyond Book 1 – Part 2

Date: 12/15/17

2017 Week(s)

Opening Song  “Big Fish- ” Vince Staples (2:42 – 2017)  

Do Now #1: Why do you think Richard Wright titled Book I of Native Son, “Fear?”

  • One possible reason Richard Wright titled Book I of Native Son, “Fear” is ______.

Do Now #2: Pretend you are a lawyer. Explain Bigger’s motive for killing Mary.

  • Bigger’s motive for murdering Mary was…



  • Where are your missing Write Longs? Lauren and Josh are starting to call homes. 
  • WL #4 is past due.

SLT and HW Check

SLT- I can analyze how Richard Wright uses symbolism and 3rd person limited POV to heighten Bigger Thomas’s fate in Native Son.

Circle the verbs, underline the nouns

Mini Lesson:

Today we’re going to focus on Literary Elements- Symbolism and 3rd person limited POV

Definition of Symbolism

Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities, by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.

Symbolism can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another, to give an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Sometimes, however, an action, an event or a word spoken by someone may have a symbolic value. For instance, “smile” is a symbol of friendship. Similarly, the action of someone smiling at you may stand as a symbol of the feeling of affection which that person has for you.

Symbols do shift their meanings depending on the context they are used in. “A chain,” for example, may stand for “union” as well as “imprisonment”. Thus, symbolic meaning of an object or an action is understood by when, where, and how it is used. It also depends on who reads the work.

3rd Person Limited Definition-

In third person limited the narrator only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character. All characters are described using pronouns, such as ‘they’, ‘he’, and ‘she’. But, one character is closely followed throughout the story, and it is typically a main character.

In other words, third person limited is much like when a video camera is placed over the shoulder of a character and the camera follows that person closely throughout a film. We stick with that person and are privy to his or her thoughts and feelings while still seeing everything and everyone around him or her in each scene.

  • This whole novel is 3rd person limited, but let’s look at how Richard Wright uses both symbolism and 3rd person limited in this scene Bigger is captured. 


Pages 260-269

5 minutes

At your tables or individually if you’re working alone,


  • Sketch and Label/Describe Bigger Thomas on top of the roof.

5 minutes


  • How does the author use the “snow” and “the roof” as a symbol in this capture scene?


  • Independent Work – Choose 1 to read on your own-

    Reporters Discover Mary’s Body – Bigger Flees

    • Pages- 207-221 – “The story went…”

    • Exit Ticket- Do you think the author wants the reader (you) to sympathize with Bigger Thomas? Hate Bigger? Please explain.


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