Analysis And Response: Black Boy

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The book Black Boy by Richard Wright is an autobiography set in the Deep South in the early 1900’s. The book starts with Richard being four years old and very mischievous. One day he is playing with fire and accidentally lights the curtains on fire. The house is suddenly in flames and Richard runs out to hide under the burning house. Luckily, his stepfather runs out and finds him before the house collapses.
The next years of his life are spent bouncing around from place to place trying to live a steady life. Unfortunately, his mother becomes ill and life gets even harder. Richard tries to ignore his hunger and make his mothers life easier. Disaster strikes again when one day her sickness ...view middle of the document...

He found a nice place to stay in Memphis and got to work quickly. He held good jobs and worked hard. His aunt Maggie, her husband, and his mother randomly arrived at his doorstep one day. They informed him that they were moving north to Chicago to get away from the horrible racism of the south.
Life in Chicago was good to Richard and he was very successful there. The racism was nonexistent and his life was better then ever. He went through many jobs but kept striving to obtain more and more knowledge. He read many books trying to gain knowledge on every aspect of life. When the depression hit his life took a monetary turn for the worse. Work was hard to find and he had to start going to relief stations for food. He finally found steady work and lasted through the depression. He joined the Negro Communists and enjoyed their camaraderie.
Soon he was doing work for the Communists and was quickly rising in the ranks. He spent lots of his time working with the Communists glad that they accepted him. His writing took a new turn and he grew as a writer. Soon he was publishing plays and other works publicizing Communism. After years of being with the communist party, he was disbanded as an outcast. He was angry with the Communists and knew he would never right for them again. He was still going to write and the book ends with him trying to write a new story.

RESPONSE
I enjoyed this autobiography very much. Novels set in the Deep South that show a racial struggle are appealing to me. The characters are very believable because they are real. The plot was thick with many different eternal struggles and was very well written. This book made me question myself as a person. I began to judge my morals and asked myself if I would have been more like a white southerner or northerner. I...

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