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Mrs. Thomas in Native Son

By Richard Wright

Mrs. Thomas

Bigger’s mother nags him all the time. She won’t leave Bigger alone about the job, no matter how many times he says he’s going to take it. She’s a deeply religious woman and believes she’s raised her children to the best of her ability. Since her life is an unhappy one, she looks to the afterlife for her hope. She tells Bigger that if he doesn’t change his ways, he’ll come to a bad end. Her prediction turns out to be right.