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Black Boy Theme Presentation

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Galen Helgemo

on 5 October 2011

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Black Boy Individualism He ended up standing up for what he believed in; He ended up being an individual. This became one of Richard's most important values as the book continued on. Themes By Galen Helgemo 1 2 3 Written by Richard Wright (That's the Guy in the book!) He happens to be in Honors English Hr. 6...
And the date happens to be 3/24/11... Being Naïve Growth Through Tradgedy jasd;lfkjasl;dfkjal;sdkfjalskdfjl;asjkdfasd Individualism Being Naïve... Growth through Tragedy? "I walked along the streets in the winter sun, thinking: Well, that's good enough for you, you fool. You had no business monkeying in that liquor business anyway. Then I stopped in my tracks. They had been together! The white man and the black boy had seen me loitering in the vicinity of their liquor and had though I was a highjacker; and they had used me in disposing of their liquor" (Wright 281). This also touches on racial issues. "There are some elusive, profound, recondite things that men find hard to say to other men; but with the Negro it is the little things of life that become hard to say, for these tiny items shape his destiny. A man will seek to express his relation to the stars; but when a man's consciousness has been riveted upon obtaining a loaf of bread, that loaf of bread is as important as the stars" (Wright 294). "My Purpose was to capture a physical state or movement that carried a strong subjective impression, an accomplishment which seemed supremely worth struggling for. If I could fasten the mind of the reader upon words so firmly that he would forget words and be conscious only of his response, I felt that I would be in sight of knowing how to write narrative" (Wright 351). "Within an hour the half-friendly world that I had known had turned cold and hostile. I was too frightened to weep. I was glad that my mother was not dead, but there was the fact that she would be sick of a long, long time, perhaps for the balance of her life. I became morose. Though I was a child, I could no longer feel as a child, could no longer react as a child. The desire for play was gone and I brooded, wondering if Granny would come and help us" (Wright 113). Richard's childhood was cut short... This caused him to act a lot differently than the other blacks he encountered in the book. The communist party betrayal "Aw, God . . . How naïve I was! I was young and brimming with confidence. I felt that my strength was unlimited. I had neatly solved a probelm that had been worrying me for a long time, and now I thought that I could turn my energies to writing and justify myself. I did not know that night how little i understood the political party to which I had belonged. But I soon learned, learned how simple were my motives, how trusting was my attitude, how wide and innocent were my eyes, as round and open and dew-wet as morning-glories . . ." (Wright 449-450). "Then what was the meaning of the warning I had received from the black Communist? Why was it that I was a suspected man because i wanted to reveal the vast physical and spiritual ravages of negro, life the profundity latent in these rejected people, the dramas as old as man and the sun and the mountains and the seas that were transpiring in the poverty of black America? What was the danger in showing the kinship between the sufferings of the Negro and the sufferings of other people?" (Wright 417). "I had embraced their aims with the freest impulse I had ever known. I, the chary cynic, the man who had felt that no idea on earth was worthy of self-sacrifice, had publicly identifed myself with them, and now their suspicion of me hit me with a terrific impact, froze me within" (Wright 421). "Must I discard my plot-ideas and seek new ones? No. I could not. My writing was my way of seeing, my way of living, my way of feeling, and who could change his sight, his notion of direction, his senses?" (Wright 429). "I stood recalling how, in my boyhood, I would have fought until blood ran had anyone said anything like that to me. But I was a man now and a master of my rage, able to control the surging emotions. I put on my hat and walked to the door. Keep cool, I said to myself. Don't let this get out of hand . . ." (Wright 447). "No one said anything. I walked to the door and out into the night and a heavy burden seemed to lift from my shoulders. I was free. And I had done it in a decent and forthright manner. i had not been bitter. I had not raked up a single recrimination. I had attacked no one. I had disavowed nothing. . . . (Memories of his past) . . .But I had changed; I had none of that fear, none of those wild impulses now. I had merely confronted my comrades, stated what I felt, and had let it go at that" (Wright 449). Credit goes to: http://baker11.wikispaces.com Credit goes to: http://themixedcommunity.wordpress.com Thanks to:
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www.naiveexperts.com Thanks to: http://maplestoryportal.blogspot.com But only after theoretically dieing a couple times... (Unless you're pro of course, but Richard wasn't that pro) Richard questioning his community became common place. His community did include the Communist party/club. Writing was Richard's way of living his life the way he wanted to. It allowed him to express himself. And this is what he earned from the Communist party. That unfortunately made him an outcast... Laying out goals to accomplish was an important step. Was he really a communist? Breaking point reached. I don't think they like individuals. Richard got owned.
End of story. These aren't exactly the traits people want to have at this time in American history. Those tended to be the people who got taken advantage of. What does this mean? It means the Negro's life has come down to simply getting food and then living off of it. That was the focus of their lives. That was how little they knew about living in other ways. This permanently changed Richard forever. Richard personally looked back and admitted that he had changed. He was even somewhat happy that he had changed. There was one more "tragedy" that he had to endure. This doesn't seem that much of a tragedy, but it was a huge turning point in Richard's life. Wheter naïve, or simply uninformed, Richard showed this trait quite well. I'd still prefer a normal childhood... Thanks for Watching! And yes before you ask, that font is pretty hard to read. But it does look pretty cool... Haha (Or pressing a button and staring at a screen in this case...)
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