Abuse In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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Essay on: Black Boy Throughout Richard Wrights autobiography, Black Boy, Richard constantly experiences many types of abuse. The main sources of abuse comes from his own family, and current racial prejudices present during Richards life. Due to this racial oppression, and a broken family life, survival became a crucial part of Richards life, and made for difficult decisions. A natural human reaction to extreme stress begins with the creation of a catharsis, or an outlet, for complicated and conflicting emotions. For Richard, this outlet became writing. Ironically, this is already thoroughly demonstrated, proof being that he wrote many books, among them being Black Boy. Although Black Boy in particular provides specific insight to this, because…show more content…
These passages demonstrate two lifestyles, one being a northern freer lifestyle, and one that Richard yearns for, that being the first one, the second being what Richards current lifestyle is compared to southern molds. Richard is “rushing down a dangerously steep slope” because of southern racial prejudices, and Richard avoiding the mold set for him. The “sirens and the bells and the screams that filled the air” are the constant rejective attitudes that Richard’s peer’s, the general society, and Richards school system is exhibiting. After this, Richard has a long period were he does not write very much. Although, around the beginning of chapter 13, almost immediately after Richard reads H.L Mencken’s A Book of Prefaces, a fiery baptism occurs for Richard. I came finally to the editorial page and saw an article dealing with one H.L Mencken…The article was a furious denunciation of Mencken, concluding with one, hot, short sentence: Mencken is a fool. I wondered what on earth this Mencken had done to call down upon him the scorn of the South…Undoubtedly he must be advocating ideas that the south did not like…Now, how could I find out about this Mencken? There was a huge library near the riverfront, but I knew that negroes were not allowed to patronize its shelves any more they were the parks and playgrounds of the

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