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A value can be defined as something that a person holds as precious or of great importance and guides that persons decisions The autobiography Black Boy describes the young life and difficulties of Richard Wright a famous black writer Having been born into a poor family on a Mississippi plantation Richard faced many difficulties such as avoiding hunger Aside from that the greatest challenge of Richards life was the era in which he lived early 1900s during the segregation of white and black communities Despite the persecution of the South he remained strong with his values in mind and worked hard to live up to those standards Throughout Black Boy Richard reveals many values but the ones I can relate with most are family success independence and respect Family is a very important aspect of Richards life as detailed in his autobiography However in Richards case his mother played a much larger role than that of his entire family Although she beat him whenever he managed to do something foolish which was quite often he loved his mother When his mother becomes crippled he shares her pain and eventually gets enough money through various jobs to get her out of the South Another example would be his religious stature amongst his family although Richard didnt personally believe in religion his family especially his grandmother and Aunt Addie held a strict religious regiment in the house In one chapter Richard is confronted with the challenge of his beliefs by getting baptized It was no longer a question of my believing in God it was a simple urgent matter of public pride If I refused it meant that I did not love my mother Richard puts religion behind him and gets baptized for his mothers love and to avoid the shame of the community Although my family isnt as religious as Richards there have been many similar situations that I can relate to Throughout middle school
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