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The Obstacles of a Black Boy The hardest part of life is overcoming the obstacles a person experiences Though the level of difficulty jumps to a new extreme when the obstacles are based on ones survival The life of Richard Wright was primarily based around the problems that occurred all his life such as hunger his family and the racism of the South He constantly fought against the problem of religion where he was forced against his will to worship something that he didnt understand so therefore didnt want to understand it Richard Wright faces almost all the possible obstacles that a young black man can experience and though he often walks away from his problems as his life progresses he learns to face his problems hopefully learn from the experience it gives and then move on with his life The one obstacle that Richard unfortunately suffers throughout is life is his constant hunger He never fully encounters it until his father leaves his family and he must go out and find a job to feed his mother and little brother When Richards family moves to his Grannys house the hunger just seems to get worse and worse He now must work to pay not only for his mother and brother but also for his granny and grandpa After Richard realizes that he must be the one to provide for his entire family he finds a summer job with a neighbor where he will have to go with the man and help him in setting up an insurance business He is payed 500 a week after weeks of helping the man he returns home Richard gives all his money to his hungry family and is thanked by everyone especially granny who says Its a sign from the Lord This is when Richard learns one of his biggest lessons ever that if he must help his family and himself to survive he must
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