Discussion Board Assignments: Compare Richard's experience with that of Ragged Dick or with that of Alexandra.What does this book say about the
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Compare Richard's experience with that of Ragged Dick or with that of Alexandra. What does this book say about the American Dream? Is it viable? Why or why not?

What would Richard's dream be if he could express it? How about the dreams of his father, his grandmother, or his mother? Why can't Richard's family be supportive of him? What accounts for this dysfunction?

 

Richard seems not to fit in either the black world or the white. Why do you think this is? How does he see himself? What would be a perfect world for this young writer, if he could create it?

 

What is the picture we see of life in the South after the catastrophe of the Civil War and its unfinished Reconstruction? How does this culture make it impossible for persons of color to achieve? Why are the white people in the South so afraid of those who are not white? What hinders progress toward equality and integration in this time and place?

 

One interesting aspect of this book is Richard's tenacity in the fact of pressures from all sides in his life. What accounts for his stubborn sense of self? How does this book illustrate the "life of the mind"? What does it say about the value of an interior, intellectual self?

 

 

Richard Wright presents us with a fractured and painful world that is awful to experience, even vicariously in print. How does this book belong in a course about the American Dream when it is the absolute American Nightmare? 



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Wright, R. (1998). Black Boy. New York: Perennial Classics.


Wright, R. (1998). Black Boy. New York: Perennial Classics. part 1 NATIONAL ARCHIVES.(1776). The Declaration of Independence. Retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript Alger, H. (2002). Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York With the Bootblacks (Alger, Horatio, Works). Polyglot Press Cather, W. (1913). O Pioneers! Retrieved from http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24/24-h/24- h.htm

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