Analysis Of Native Son By Richard Wright

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In Native Son, Richard Wright shines a light on the harsh reality a young African American male faces, as a result of the unhealthy stereotypes created by a white-dominated society. Richard Wright was born in 1908, in Natchez, Mississippi. His mother’s chronic illness set the tone emotionally, in his life and writing. His grandmother practiced evangelism. The prayers daily, up to half a dozen. Although Wright’s food was already limited, his grandmother applied further dietary restrictions. Not only was he malnourished, he was also beaten throughout his childhood. Wright’s grandmother also did not allow him to participate in any form of entertainment or games. Whether it be a game of baseball or a board game, he was not allowed to partake in such activities. Wright did not have a proper education because of his constant moving back and forth from relative to relative. His schooling was broken. However, he did graduate from ninth grade at the age of sixteen. Violence and hunger were his childhood memories. Which made him bitter, leading him to join the communist party later in his lifetime. Wright’s majority of significant life events occurred in Mississippi, Chicago, New York and Paris (Bone 1). In 1927, Wright along with his family moved to Chicago, where he worked several jobs. During the depression, he was unemployed and placed in the South Sided Boys Club, by a relief agency, where he created the character, “Bigger Thomas”. Wright joined the communist party in 1932,

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