Black Boy Again

Black Boy Again - Richard Wright and the Struggle to find...

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Richard Wright and the Struggle to find an Identity In Black Boy, by Richard Wright, Wright is able to recollect the struggles of his life. Beginning at an early age, he was faced with the problems of hunger. His hunger starts off as a hunger for food, but later becomes a hunger for knowledge. This constant hunger puts him in a spot where he is dehumanized and alienated. Wright reflects on his hunger, at an older age, which allows himself to form his identity. He realizes that the hunger, dehumanization, and alienation of his life are the things that make his identity. Wright develops his mind at a young age, along with the progression of his hunger. Wright is six years old when his father leaves the family. Not only does he leave his children without a father figure, but also he leaves his wife and children without a dime to buy food. "I would feel hunger nudging my ribs, twisting my empty guts until they ached." Although Wright had known hunger before his father had left, the hunger he knew was only momentarily. Wright hungered, but his hunger would be satisfied with food. "But this new hunger baffled me, scared me, made me angry and insistent." As his mind is beginning to develop, he is given a preview of the racial inequalities of the south at the turn of the century. "Watching the white people eat would make my empty stomach churn and I would grow vaguely angry. Why could I not eat when I was hungry? Why did I always have to wait until others were through? I could not understand why some people had enough food and others did not." Although his white neighbors were not purposely putting him down, they indirectly taught him a difficult lesson that would be impossible to avoid. He sees that white people have a family [with a father], food on the table. He sees how whites - even if they do not mean to make Blacks feel lesser of themselves - will hold superiority over them. This "preview" shows him a complicated concept as simply as possible. Wright let his resentment towards his father grow, which causes his hunger to
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