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Unformatted text preview: It is easy to see how Richard develops an aversion to Christianity which lasts throughout his life. An awareness of guilt and sin is brutally imposed on him by his grandmother. Even his mother finally finds the atmosphere at the grandmother's too oppressive for them. Richard's greatest sin is his curiosity, and every opportunity his imagination has to expand is promptly squelched. His grandmother, for instance, beats him for a foul-mouthed remark he utters in complete innocence; his difficult relationship with her will play a large part in his development. To Granny, any deviation from her concept of the norm is subjected to the most severe punishment. The hypocrisy of these hard judgments, couched in Christian ideology, does not escape the boy, and he will not forget them as a man....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- Black Boy