Wright's Hunger

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The reality of the past is that it is one of the few things that remain forever. For some, it is possible to run from the past temporarily; however, it eventually catches up to the present and impacts a person positively or negatively. In chapters thirteen and fourteen, Wright's revived childhood hunger for learning causes him an internal conflict about his identity as an African American man with unique desires. Following this idea of past meeting present, Wright re-encounters his old hunger by sympathizing with Falk and Mencken, men who have “brought down upon [them] the scorn of the South” (308) for their beliefs and opinions, and immersing himself in literature. In doing so, he recognizes how racism has shaped him to endure pain and accept
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