A Critical Analysis Of Black Boy By Richard Wright

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Black Boy by Richard Wright is a story of a young African American boy who struggles to seek justice through the cruel south. At first he doesn’t know anything better, but he soon begins to think that things get better up north. The novel elicits the inferiority of African Americans back in the day based on strong, dynamic characterization, descriptive setting, and first person narration portrayed by Wright. After having moved from the poor conditions of the south in search for a better life, Wright soon came to realize that it was no different anywhere else. He was still frowned upon because of his skin color. He was still treated like he was anything less than a human being.

In order for Wright to feel like he was the same as everyone else, he first had to realize that people of different races are going to undermine and treat those who are a different skin color from them because they feel as if they don’t belong in the
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Eventually, he learned that the south was not the right place to be for him to feel appreciated, something most would think of as normal nowadays. Following countless hours of working and cleaning for white people, Wright eventually made just enough money to get a bus ticket up north, where he believed he would be free of oppression. He believed that he would be able “to live with dignity” in the north (Wright 234). However, it was all the same. Same name calling. Same ugly looks. Same lifestyle. After completely turning his life and character around in search for a better life, Wright soon came to realize that the north was no different from the south. It was still a place of intense racism where whites and black couldn’t share the same water fountain, much less the same public
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