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Black Boy by Richard Wright
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Nov 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 10th-grade

Black Boy is a story about the childhood of the author Richard Wright during the 1900s. It's written to seem like it's really about him but its a fictional story (similar to Rigoberta Menchu). It begins talking about how Wright use to very curious when he was younger (at age 4)--like what would happen if he put things on fire. As he grew older he grew more curious about life but his obstacles were the racism that he faced from the whites (they tried to crush his intellectual curiosity). Another obstacle that Wright tried to over come was to find a good job; but it was difficult because of the racism and violence. There were also many burdens that weighed him down such as family issues (his mom is sick, and the family is starving to death). However, there were was a solution, which was to move to the north because they see it less racist there.
Overall, i think that this story is interesting because it seems like the story is trying to say knowledge is power by selecting Wright as the character who is is smart by working hard and reading a lot and trying to make a difference by writing.

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