Written while Wright was a fervent Communist, the book explores the theory of human behavior determined by environment. Yet, innate in its fatalism is the author-narrator's ultimate escape from a rigid set of rules for survival. In Wright's boyhood, there was virtually no chance for a personality such as his to develop freely. Everything conspired against personal freedom not only the white social structure, but the black as well. He was treated brutally and tyrannically at home in order to prevent his being treated the same way or worse outside the home. His parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents enforced the code of conduct given to them by the white power structure: black children must never strive to be more than black children; if they do, not only will they suffer a terrible fate, but their families will as well. This way of life leads to a kind of society which has been called
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white power structure, unusually close ties, Spanish writer Unamuno, human condition. Tragedy