Richard Wright 's Life Was Characterized By Poverty

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Richard Wright’s life was characterized by poverty which stemmed from the racial issue pervading the South. In an attempt to overcome this impoverished state, his family moved from city to city, hoping to live with a relative and share the cost of living and also to escape the severity of racial discrimination. With each move, however, Wright’s family constantly faced unjust treatment and poverty until they moved in with their Uncle Hoskins who owned a successful saloon. With a stable home and enough food on the table, the lives of the Wright family seemed bountiful, but their luxury would only last for a moment. Shortly thereafter, Uncle Hoskins was shot dead by white men who were jealous of his economic success. “Young Richard was permanently traumatized by Hoskins’s lynch murder. From this point onward he lived in a state of tension and dread, certain that the hostile white world could crush him like it had his uncle if he failed to live by its arbitrary rules” (Wallach 21). Throughout Wright’s life, he had seen the effects of white supremacy on his fellow black people, but it was not until the death of his uncle that this racist atmosphere struck him personally. Now terrified of the white people who had oppressed his family and killed his uncle, Wright reacted in a silent and submissive fear to the white community which had dominated his society. With these aggressive emotions and violent situations which had oppressed the black world, Wright infused these memories
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