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Fear as motivator

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How does the feeling of fear contribute to the way the main characters act towards society in the novels Native Son and Narcissus and Goldmund? Intro: The novels Native Son and Narcissus and Goldmund have a few similar aspects when it comes to the main characters trying to fulfill their fate. Wherever they go, there is always something that makes them act the way they are towards society. Each may have a different motivator, but both have their goals into fulfilling their fate and finding the right path to do what they got to do. For example, Bigger has to go out and find a job, and when he finally got one, his whole adventure starts right in Dalton's house. So many incidents happened, especially when Mary got drunk with Jan, fitting Mary into the furnace. After that, he is set out to explore his new fate by escaping and going away as far as he can with fear in his heart, never to be left without him. In Narcissus and Goldmund, Goldmund is set out to wander around throughout Germany after leaving a Catholic monastery school in search of what could be described as "the meaning of life", or rather, meaning for his life. ...read more.


This tension made Bigger angry while he was forced to secretly drive Jan and Mary around in the car and finally made him snap. Like Bigger, the entire city demonstrates conflicts based upon fear brought about by racial segregation. During the progress of the man hunt, blacks and whites go at each other's throats. These various conflicts all stem from fear and racial hatred. Although Richard Wright portrays the segregation of the blacks, he does not omit the segregation of various social groups such as the communists. In contrast, Jan and Max's efforts to save Bigger stem from a struggle for equality. They too feel the constraints of oppression, but have a philosophy and social position with which to rebel. This had interfered with Bigger's fate for a long time. The fate for him is defined as of one of dignity and courage and defiance. He learns never to surrender no matter what the odds against him. His fate is to take action against the enemy of capitalistic, white, racist society, no matter what the consequences. According to Wright, Bigger's fate seems to be inevitably related to violence, because the neighborhood that he lives in is often defined as ghetto. ...read more.


Things had changed after he was at his first stop when he felt fearful. Lene, his lover, was being attacked by an unknown stranger and fortunately Goldmund was there at the right time to rescue her. He had killed the attacker, and it left a deep passionate desire to participate in the revenge and to kill anyone who bothers to get in his way. This was one step closer for Goldmund to fulfill his fate. He has learned to kill and it makes him to kill easier in the future, which will then lead him to Master Niklaus, and that will lead him to the next move for his determination. As you can see, Bigger and Goldmund are both similar characters that experience fear at the same time trying to fulfill their fate. Bigger is mentally separated from the white people and has a hard time getting along with them. Nevertheless, he is still prone to go out and find freedom from the whites, his family, or even himself. Goldmund on the other hand, still wonders what he should do in the future as he wanders around wondering what he will do. Both characters act the way they are depending on their society. ...read more.

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