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What is the book "Fear" all about in Native Son?

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Book 1 of Native Son is entitled "Fear".  The main character of the story told here is Bigger Thomas, who is twenty years old and lives in a tenement in the South Side of Chicago.  Bigger's mother wants him to accept a job being offered by Henry Dalton, "a wealthy white man who owns much of the property in the ghetto".  Bigger really has no choice in the matter, because if he does not take the job, his family will be denied welfare, on which they depend for their survival. 

On his way to see Mr. Dalton, Bigger stops by a poolroom to visit with his friends.  Bigger comes up with a plan to rob a white-owned deli with them, but when the time comes to execute the plan he ruins...

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