An Analysis Of Richard Wright's Black Boy

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The novel Black Boy is a passionate story of Richard Wright’s vivid journey from his innocence to experiencing the Jim Crow South. He grew up in Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee admits the poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred from others for being an African American. Wright lied, stole, and was furious at those around him. Through out Black Boy we are able to see how the historical and geographic contexts of when and where the novel took place influenced the mood and style of the novel.
Black Boy’s historical context centers around the American racial discrimination and segregation between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Although, discrimination still remains a reality in modern society, during the early 20th century the South was dominated by racial tensions
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As a child Wright moved all around Mississippi and Memphis, experiencing first hand the Jim Crow South. Unlike the African Americans in Northern part of the United States during the 20th century those in the Southern rejoin experienced great racial discrimination. Richard describes the deprivation he experience not only through education but also the lack of humanitarian rights that are enforced today. Up until the age of twelve Wright did not have a full year of formal schooling, “At the age of twelve, before I had had one full year of formal schooling, I had a conception of life that no experience would ever erase...” (100). Over the years Wright acknowledges that it was not his fault that he was underprivileged, “ ‘having been thrust out of the world because of my race, I had accepted my destiny by not being curious about what shaped it’ ” (288). He knew like anyone, you could not choose your race, which you were given it and you had to put up with it. Wright was very aware of this but he struggled as he grew up with the complications that came with him being African

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