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Black Boy and the American Hunger Since the beginning of time there has been hunger When a person thinks about hunger the first thing that comes to their mind is food We never think of the word hunger as having any another meaning In Richard Wrights book entitled Black Boy American Hunger a young boy faces many different types of hunger Throughout his book Wright refers to the phrase American Hunger I feel that the words American Hunger is how he refers to his hunger to be considered an American and be treated as an equal and not as an animal Throughout Wrights life he was treated as if he were from another planet He was always considered to be different an outcast and a loser He felt that he needed to be a part of the so-called American Culture He wanted to be able to do what the white children did or even more He wanted to be able to go to school to learn to read have friends have a job but because he was an African American he could not In Wrights book he discusses all these hungers that he had and that is what I am going to writing my paper on Because these experiences can be closely compared to what our class has discussed a lot A hunger can be satisfied in many different ways If it were starvation from the stomach then the obvious solution would be to eat food If there is a hunger for change acceptance and knowledge there is no easy answer or fast gratification Wright was the victim of many types of hunger Wrights hunger was both physical and mental and how he dealt with each obstacle became his great story Since the beginning of Richards childhood Richard was always alienated from his environment Even though he tried to distance himself from the prejudice all around him the white people
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