Native Son Character Descriptions

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Mary Dalton

The only child of a wealthy white family.

Mr. Dalton

Hypocritical white slum lord.

Mrs. Dalton

Philanthropist who is blind in more ways than sight.

Jan Erlone

Marxist boyfriend of Mary.

Gus

Gang member with questionable motives.

Jack Harding

A good friend to Bigger.

Mr. Boris Max

Communist who understands Bigger.

Bessie Mears

Her feelings about Mary's murder make her the next victim.

Peggy

This house-keeper hides her feelings well.

Bigger Thomas

Can't be what he wants to be.

Buddy Thomas

Idolizes his big brother.

Mrs. Thomas

Feels there is nothing she can do to change this life.

Vera Thomas

Will she accept her life as it is, or drink to forget it?

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