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Biography Precis -- Black Boy Black Boy an autobiography by Richard Wright is an account of a young African-American boys thoughts and outlooks on life in the South while growing up The novel is 288 pages and was published by Harper and Row Publishers in 1996 The main subject Richard Wright who was born in 1908 opens the book with a description of himself as a four-year-old in Natchez Mississippi and his familys later move to Memphis In addition it describes his early rebellion against parental authority and his unsupervised life on the streets while his mother is at work His family lives in poverty and faces constant hunger As a result his family lives with his strict grandmother a fervently religious woman In spite of his frequent punishment and beatings Wright remembers the pleasures of rural life Richard then describes his familys move to Memphis in 1914 Though not always successful Richards rebellious nature pervades the novel This is best illustrated by his rebellion against his father He resents his fathers the need for quiet during the day when his father a night porter sleeps When Mr Wright tells Richard to kill a meowing kitten if thats the only way he can keep it quiet Richard has found a way to rebel without being punished He takes his father literally and hangs the kitten But Richards mother punishes him by making him bury the kitten and by filling him with guilt Another theme is seen when his father deserts the family and Richard faces severe hunger For the first time Richard sees himself as different from others because he must assume some of the responsibilities of an adult In contrast to his above characteristics Richard soon shows his ability in learning even before he starts school which he begins at a later age than other boys because his mother couldnt afford his school clothes Rebellion hunger
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