The title "Fear" is a perfect title for the first book in the Native Son. The first book shows how Bigger, the main character, is afraid of almost everything he does. He shows fear when he doesn’t know what to do or when what he is doing is not right.
When Bigger is scared he does things that he or any other person wouldn’t normally do. He is afraid because Mr. Dalton and Mary both are giving him conflicting orders that put him in an impossible situation. Mr. Dalton orders Bigger to take Mary to school and bring her back but Mary demands him to take her and her boyfriend to the movies. If he gets caught not following Mr. Daltons orders he will get in trouble. If he does not follow Mary's orders, she may cause him to be punished. So, to cover up the mistakes that he has made he makes more mistakes that could cause him more harm. One of the mistakes that Bigger makes is killing Mary. His next error of trying to hide this by dismembering Mary's body and burning it compounds his troubles. Bigger fears that every move he makes will cause him harm or will get him fired from his job. He fears that if he doesn’t do exactly what everyone tells him to he will be punished for it.
An example of this is when Mr. Dalton tells Bigger to drive Mary to college but Mary tells Bigger to drive her to the movies to meet her boyfriend. "Well, he would drive her; that was what he had been hired for. But he was going to watch his step in this business. The only thing he hoped was that she would not make him lose his job." (64) In the quotes he says that he is going to watch his step, but he ends up not doing so and doing what Mary tells him to do even though he knows he should follow Mr. Daltons directions. This causes him to give up is only hope, that she would make him lose his job.
When Bigger is scared or is afraid he does things that normally he wouldn’t. A good example of this is when Bigger kills Mary by accident. Bigger has been scared from the time he has entered Mr....