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The freedom that Richard has achieved by the age of twelve is unusual

The freedom that Richard has achieved by the age of twelve is unusual

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The freedom that Richard has achieved by the age of twelve is unusual. It is a freedom of many  facets. He no longer receives orders from Granny and Addie; they have given up on him. At the  same time, this freedom from their criticism is also a freedom from their interest in him and is  perhaps an example of how the lack of tenderness he sees between black people actually evolves.  But, if Addie and Granny have no concern for Richard, he too is free of any concern for them. The  unspoken pact between them means that they will no longer care about each other. And for one who  is already an outsider, it is a relief not to be forced to show affection or demonstrate loyalty. This is, in  itself, a form of freedom. Since most children are rebellious and individualistic, it can be assumed that this form of freedom  was achieved by many other black boys besides Richard. What slavery and its aftermath of fear had 
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