Black Boy


Blackboy is a book done by Richard Wright. The book narrates the story ofa young boy who goes through certain struggles and hardships in life.All these red tapes are as a result he was black person. It is worthnoting that, the story does follow him as he goes through his youthlooking into the challenges that he faces and also the obstacles thathis family went through. Black boy provides the reader withinformation on how poverty stricken families had to go throughvarious obstacles in a society that did not share the same rights asthem. The book further does show on how Richard as a boy wasdetermined to do away with the challenges that he faced. In addition,he is also portrayed as one who faced hunger throughout his life.This paper will analyze the “” tale.

Richardshunger state has not been seen as to dwell on the usual hunger forfood, though he did experience it. It is worth noting that, he didhave another kind of hunger that involved him having the desire to beunderstood. In addition, he wanted to be loved and being accepted asone member of the society that he lived in (Hinds58).He also did have the hunger for knowledge. Going through the book,one finds out on how the writer never experienced family love. Thismade him have the hunger of the characteristics that contribute tofamily love. Some of these characteristics are security, love andacceptance. During his early ages, it is clear that did he not getlove from his family, and this did also happen at school and also inother places with other people.

Emotionally,the writer does really suffer emotionally. This is due to the factthat, he did not expect his own auntie would find joy in seeing himsuffer. Thus, he gets hungry to be treated as other young children ofhis age are treated and accepted. The book does outline on how sincehis birth and throughout his life, he does struggle to fit within thesociety. Moreover, he struggles to be accepted by his peers. Thoughhe did go through the hunger struggle alongside his family, thehunger for true love from his family was present (Wright 270). Henever was showed equal love as the rest of the children in hisfamily. Whenever some love was portrayed, the author would notbelieve it, as this would mean that they required him to do somethingfor them.

Richardslack of being in a position of satisfying his hunger for acceptanceeven with other African American children did really bother him. Healways did wonder how he his peers never got to accept him.Additionally, he worried how they saw things in a totally differentmanner and way than his own. The writer is portrayed as an individualwho did have the desire to be understood by his peers. In addition,he had a hard time trying to figure out on how other kids saw him.The hunger for acceptance did agitate him in that he did want otherchildren to love him. He also wished to share in the same joy ofplaying together as they did amongst themselves. It was very hard forhim to full understand on how to relate with an environment where heseemed not to fit in.

Hisburning desire to deal with his hunger for love, did lead him into astate of questioning himself. He asked himself what he lacks that hisown society cannot even accept him. This dark cloud of never managingto be loved by anyone does follow him into his youth. This has beenmade evident in the book. Black boy provides the reader with theknowledge on how the author does try to keep hope alive that he mightget some love from a white person who might see him in a differentperspective. His hopes later get crushed in the book. This is due tothe fact that, he finally comes to see the world for what it reallyis. He is seen as one who hopes to obtain love from the whites anddue to that he acts differently around them with the hope to beloved.

Thisdoes not go well with other African American peers. His peers neverunderstood how Richard would treat them as one of their own, andhence, the same whites mistreated them. One can understand one thingthat Richard never grew up with hate for the white people. This wasironically, as it would be expected by all African American kids(Thaddeus55).His behavior towards the whites did not sit well with his peers andmostly by his family. Due to the way he acted around the whites, thisled to being unaccepted in his own community and family. Wright didnot realize that how he related with the whites would later lead tohim going through uneasy normal life. He never understood how hewould hate the whites who to him offer love and care.

Furtherin the book, we get to understand on how his hunger state switchesfrom hunger for food through hunger for acceptance and finally hungerfor knowledge. His hunger for knowledge gets enhanced. This is as aresult of his desires to understand his surroundings. Not only doeshe try to understand his environment, he does question on how hispeers who are also African Americans, do not want to accept him. Hedoes not seem to realize the simple reason as to why he gets negativetreatment from both his family and everyone else around him. To him,he sees that there is nothing wrong with how the surrounding is. Helater does get his eyes opened into the harsh reality of theenvironment he leaves in. The reality is racial segregation betweenwhites and blacks.

Richardgoes to North with the hope of getting a comforting life. Northernlive, where he will be loved, accepted and acquire knowledge. This isdue to the fact that, he does not yet realize that his hunger wouldnever be satisfied. While with whites, he does not get the desiredlove that he craved and wished for. He even suffers more here than hedid around his African American society (Bloom111).He finally gets to understand on the society he got born into. Hegains knowledge of what has always led to him being treateddifferently and what had led to him being in a position of beingunaccepted. The book does get to another level where the once youngblack boy has grownup and has got this age where he realizes how thecommunity around him revolves flow in a different way.

Atone point in the book, we get to see on how his hunger for educationand knowledge had led to him literally experiencing hunger for foodwith the aim to feed his hunger for food. He did really have thehunger for education. This was in order to try and see the world in adifferent perspective. He did think his peers did see the world. Inaddition, he did try his very best to ensure that he obtainededucation regardless the oppression he faced in his school in whichan auntie of his did teach. It is worth noting that, the book opensup as not only a provider of a story of a young black boy. It doesgive information on how the African Americas were oppressed. This isdue to the fact that, they seemed different to fit in the samesociety level as the whites.

Richardthe author does get seen as an individual who loves books andreading. In the book, he comes across many books and he never backsdown from reading them. He has this hunger to obtaining knowledge. Asto him, this was to be the only key and way for him to have a betterlife where he will gain love and acceptance (Rowley 150). The writeris born in a life whereby the African Americans face oppression. Inhis eyes, he does not see white individuals as enemies. To him, thedifference is just the color of the skin. It is worth noting that, asone comes to the end of the book, a reader can understand on howRichard went through a bumpy life, as a child who never had anyone toteach him regarding the real world he leaved in.

Itis worth noting that, as noted by Rowley, this is actually the mainreason why he had hunger for education. He wanted to gain knowledgeon what he thought he was missing. This would led him to understoodand be accepted by his family. In addition, he wanted his peers aswell as the society to accept and understand him too (348). Inaddition, through this book, “Black boy”, it is easier to learnthat even oppression did not only happen or be caused by the whitesonly. It has been stated of how Richard did face oppression frompeople whom he shared the same skin color. Basically, the bookdiscuses of the various challenges a young black boy normally goesthrough while growing. The key theme for the writer to come up withthis story is to show the reader that oppression was also faced inwithin the same community.


Richard Wright being the black boy in this book does put across themessage on how different he saw the society which in other people’seyes was not the right thing. In the book, he is seen as anindividual who faces a certain period in life. This led him toquestions his surroundings. The book continues to follow thestruggles that the writer went through in his growth from being ayoung boy to a full grown man. From the various hunger states that hewent through, a reader is able to identify the writer’s theme. Thewriter had much to be hungry for or desire to fulfill his goals anddreams. At first the impression, of hunger gets portrayed as only thehunger for food. Later through the book, it gets clearer of otherfactors that were regarded as hunger.

Thesefactors include hunger for love, hunger for acceptance, hunger forappreciation, hunger for food and hunger for knowledge. All thesefactors that contributed to his hunger affected his life in anegative way. This is revealed on how no one understands which hungerhe really faces. Instead, all people avoid him or mistreat him. Hedid even get mistreated by people who least expected would mistreatand avoid him. For example, his family and his peers, all whom heshared the same skin color. It gets to a place where we understandhow Richard had a burning hunger and desire to be treated well by thewhites. He later learns of how the world around home is reallyunfair, especially to the people of the dark color society.


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