Essay on Black Boy by Richard Wright

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Black Boy by Richard Wright Summary November 25, 2012 Black Boy is an autobiography of Richard Wright who grew up in the backwoods of Mississippi. He lived in poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and had rage towards those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. He was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common people who were slaves or struggling. The book opens with Richard who is 4 years old at the time, who is required by his mother to sit still and quiet while his grandmother lays in the next room very sick. Richard is bored and sticks a broom in the fireplace then…show more content…
Richard also becomes involved with a magazine called Left Front. As time goes on Richard slowly becomes immersed in the Communist party and its ways. He finds great pleasure in organizing its writers and artists, for once in his life Richard is content and feels that a void inside of him has been filled. In the beginning Richard thinks he will find friends within the party, especially among its black members, but he finds them to be just as afraid of change as the southern whites he has grown to despise and that was the reason that he left the South in the first place. The Communists fear anyone who disagrees with their ideas, and Richard has always spoke his mind. This does not go over well with the Communist party and Richard is quickly branded a "counter-revolutionary." Richard decides that he will leave the party, and when he does he is accused of trying to lead others away from it with him. While all this is going on Richard hears of the trial of another black Communist for counter-revolutionary activity, and Richard decides to abandon the party and cut all ties off of it all together. Even after cutting all ties, he remains an "enemy" of Communism, and party members threaten him in various ways. They threaten his life and try to run him off from various jobs and gatherings. Nevertheless, he does not fight back at them because he believes they are leaning towards ideas that he agrees with: unity,

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