Black Boy Research Paper

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In Richard Wright’s personal narrative Black Boy we are given a first hand account of what life was like growing up in the Jim Crow south for an African American Boy. Wright’s whole childhood and young adult life is a constant struggle to satisfy his hunger. Wright’s hunger is literal at first. His father leaves his family when Wright is young, and Wright’s mother struggles to feed Wright and his brother. Wright is often starving as a child, and does not know how he will be getting his next meal or where it will come from. His hunger grows beyond a physical hunger as he begins to grow hungry for knowledge, and eventually it grows into a hunger for a better life away from the Jim Crow South. Hunger haunts Wright and follows him almost everywhere he goes until he is able to satisfy it by escaping poverty and the racism he faces in the South. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Wright faces many racial barriers that most human beings will never have to deal with. When Wright is a young child, he begins to learn to read by studying the white kid’s schoolbooks while they play on their way home from school. Wright is disadvantaged as a kid because of his race and poverty. He is not able to enroll in school as a young child. Many African Americans at the time do not even have the opportunity or resources to be able to obtain an education. Whites in the south during this time constantly try to keep the old south way of life alive, that should have died with the Civil War, by oppressing African Americans in any and all ways possible. For example, whenever Wright tells whites of his dream to become a writer, they would always discourage him from becoming educated and doing something with his life in order to keep their oppression of African Americans alive. Wright first notices racism at a railroad station in Mississippi when “for the first time I noticed that there were two

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