Just as Wright can understand his father as "a creature of the earth" who is bewildered and finally driven away from the city, so have hosts of other American writers been obsessed with the vision of an innocent, pastoral, lost world. It is a world they strive to recapture, while doubting its existence. Though none of them would deny that "violence is as American as cherry pie," there is some mysterious conviction within much American writing that there is the possibility of a pure soul and a humane personality. Nature is the medium through which these writers try to symbolize this pure state be it the nature of earth or the nature of man. The most lyrical passages in Black Boy are invariably concerned with Richard's love of the natural world, and they stand apart both in content and style from the rest of the book, like a lovely, lonely Blues song. Richard's relationship to the natural world is direct and simple. Outdoors, among the trees and birds,
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