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Black Boy by Richard Wright

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Richard Wright writes Black Boy. It is a story of a boy, Richard Wright living in a racist world. He is exposed to many things such as fear, death, discrimination, moving from place to place, and hunger. By reading this book I understand more about the lives of the blacks, back then.

Richard Wright fought to survive in a world of prejudice. He tried everything to get away from hate, he would run away from home, and he went to drinking at a point. Prejudice affected his family in bad ways. His family began to hate also, they would take out their anger on others and it was difficult living with one another. As time went on they learned to deal with their prejudice world better.

Richard Wright learned to hate because that's what he was exposed to. He didn't have the life that people have today. He was beat for things he didn't do and was falsely accused of. There were times when he would get aggressive, one time he took out a knife so he wouldn't get beaten.

Hunger played a big role in Richard Wright's life. He lived without food for a while. Then there were times when he rejected food because he believed it wasn't right. He grew up poor so food was something he didn't have much of. Then he did survive, and he kept on going with his life.

Some examples of Discrimination laws are that they have to sit in separate places than the blacks, and they don't have to the right to do or say what the white people don't like. The blacks get abused and killed for the pleasure of the whites, which is wrong. I think that Richard Wright still wouldn't be one hundred percent pleased with the American society today, but he would have liked it more than the society from then.

By reading about Richard Wright's childhood, I learned more about the blacks' lives. Black Boy caught my interest as I read through it. I would recommend this book to anyone who can understand the situations that occur. This book will stay in my mind for life.

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