Black Boy Research Paper

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“Black Boy” is a narrative told from the view point of a man who has seen first-hand the malicious ramifications of racism. Richard Wright showcases his life’s turbulent origins through this autobiography. Through the constant setting changes, one may also assume that this is a story about one young man’s great migration. Throughout the story, Richard demonstrates a uniqueness and intelligence about him that many deemed a rarity during this turbulent era of American history (Jim Crow). “Black Boy” illustrates the inherently insidious effects of racism on a black youth, the adversity that comes with seeking to flaunt your status as an individual against the many disapprovals of a majority Jim Crow society, and the ability to find an escape through his passions for the arts and literature. During this era, racism was the main topic of literature at the time, so comes to no surprise that it is one of the more central themes discussed in Black Boy. In his book, Richard does not sugarcoat his struggle to find a common ground with his own race in addition to whites; he not only portrays racism as an individual belief, but one…show more content…
His enjoyment and passion for reading becomes evident when he first heard the story of Bluebeard and His Seven Wives. He becomes enthralled in the fictional world that allowed him to enter into its world and allow him an alternate way out. Richard’s most powerful moments in the story were expressed in his ability to read and write words. Words empowered Richard to make sense of the society he lived by using creativity. The old adage that knowledge is power truly resonated with him. The pen being mightier than the sword is something he could attest to however he was not opposed to using the sword when the pen failed. The power of art and literature allowed him to have a voice to work at something he is actually passionate about, and ultimately lead him to find
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