Richard Wright's Criticism In American Literature

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Among the African American writers Richard Wright came into prominence, with his creative expression concerned with the social complexities of the Unites States and the reality of African Americans as oppressed minority. Wright wrote his reactions against the inadequacies of blacks in the American society. His writings gave a turning point to the cultural explosion of African American literature. It paved the way for new theories with the significant support of Harlem Renaissance, where the interest of many black intellectuals were patronized for the upliftment of artists and for the effective social reforms. Richard Wright was a pioneer in American Literature whose relationship with socialism helped to define him as a person and as a writer. The inspiration behind his literary accomplishments and their impact on his contemporaries can be understood by tracing two of the most important themes in his life; socialism and identity .
Richard Wright’s influence on American literature was profound. His popular writings Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945) were a commercial as well as a critical
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Native Son is an indictment of racism. Racism affects Bigger 's life at home, at the Daltons, and in police custody. The Thomas’s must live in their rat-infested apartment partly because no one will rent to blacks in any other section of town. At the same time, blacks are charged higher rents than whites. When Bigger goes to the movies, one of the films portrays blacks as jungle savages. After his arrest, Bigger finds that the press and the public are using racial stereotypes to portray him as a sex criminal and brutal mass murderer. And despite their best intentions, even the liberal Daltons and the radical Jan and Mary act toward Bigger in a racist manner by failing to recognize him as an
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