Richard Wright's The Ethics Of Living Jim Crow

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In Richard Wright’s “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow,” an autobiographical sketch, Wright an African-American man, describes his experiences during Jim Crow and more importantly because of Jim Crow. Richard Wright’s work is heavily based on writings that relate to race. Wright grew up in the South of the United States where Jim Crow was far more intense and notable than other places in the United States. Throughout his piece, Wright uses different appeals such as the pathological appeal and self-experiences in order to convey the severity of living in Jim Crow by using expressive and informative methods. Wright’s argument develops through examining the causes and effects of living in Jim Crow, juxtaposition by relating the experiences to other things which hold similar resonance and overall defining what it meant to live in Jim Crow through learning experiences. The appeals in this sketch make it so much more effective than simply telling the readers what happened. The pathological appeal is the most prominent. Wright gives his own experiences which enhance his argument and give the audience a look into his life. The audience can only imagine what Wright went through and chose to learn from. His retelling and narration of stories is eloquently done. Wright tells various stories about being physically hurt because his responses lacked the word “Sir”. He, by using imagery, is able to very explicitly show others these events. “But the color of a Negro’s skin makes him easily
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