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In Native Son, what is Bigger's transition from fear to flight?

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     After Bigger commits his crime, he begins to lose his fear of the white society that had, until then, always controlled him and held him down.  By murdering a white woman, Bigger feels that he has finally struck back at the white world that he has feared and hated.

     The author, Richard Wright, gives us a glimpse into Bigger's thoughts:

 The thought of what he had done, the awful horror of it...formed for him for the first time in his fear-ridden life a  barrier of protection between him and a world he feared.   He had murdered and had created a new life for himself.  It was something that was all his...

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