Black Boy Book Report

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Black Boy

Childhood is a time of sunny days. Sweet breezes blow friendly cloud shapes across the
deep blue sky. The days are never-ending-joy—a black canvas to paint with beautiful
memories - - unless your childhood was Richard Wright's. His youth was a cold bleak
existence, carved with hatred and overlaid with hunger. There seemed to be little hope for
one born to such a lot. For it was not to the caring bosom of his family that Richard
could turn. And the hard, unfeeling eyes of the world were turned away from him. It was a
great feat that could struggle through life's battles with his conscience unscathed. It
was his experience that provided the color which enhanced the sketch of his personality he
was given at birth.


Richard's family despaired of him. They believed him to only be on the wide path go hell
as was evidence by the family confrontations Richard constantly found himself in. There
was the time Aunt Addie punished an innocent Richard in school, and the fight raged on
even once they were home. After pulling a knife on her and being thrown to the floor,
eternal hate was born between the two relatives. He believed him to be devilish and would
have nothing to do with him while Richard regarded her with untarnished enmity. He also
fought with Uncle Tom. Richard pulled razor blades on Uncle because he was gong to be
beaten for an unknown reason. This event constructed an impenetrable wall between the two
that was never to come down. It was here Richard learned not to trust. For who would offer
kindness towards him if family members did not. And finally, Richard fought with Granny
over working on the Sabbath . She did not understand what he needed, reasoned Richard.
That boy is a hopeless case, felt Granny. They completely misunderstood one another, and
each one's pride was too great to do anything about the damaged relationship. So between
Aunt Addie, Uncle Tom, and Granny, Richard existed in a place of hard and in indifferent
stares which would cause him to search for brighter colors elsewhere.


He first turned to the streets. He found no solace there but rather a malice between races
that surpassed the hostility at home. He saw this when he was he was bitten by the
brickyard owner's dog. The man cared nothing for Richard and didn't care if he lived or
died because all blacks were trash in the white man's eyes. The blacks returned this
sentiment, viewing him as horrible slave master. Then Richard felt racial violence again
when several white men smashed an empty whiskey bottle on his forehead because Richard
forgot to say "Sir". These men where no better than Richard (they were probably worse) and
yet they felt they had the right to cause bodily injury. Richard squared off against
racial hatred once more at the optical company when Pease and Reynolds threatened to kill
him if he didn't leave, for apparently reason other than they felt he was too smart for
his own good. They were cowards who picked on blacks as bully does on one smaller than
him. They were prepared to kill Richard for something as superfluous as neglecting to
preface the word "Please" with the word "Mister". Richard left the optical company as soon
realized he had to leave the South.

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