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In Richard Wrights excerpt The Library Card from his autobiography Black Boy he writes of him self as a young man in the 1930s Wright tells his story about what happen to him during a time when African Americans where considered to be inferior He was living the typical life of a young African American man during this time that is with very few rights Though through his job Wright obtained a library card illegally in which he used to check out many books He began to read more and more as the days passed by through this he began to learn more and more about the world around him He was also angered by his readings because it showed him the boundaries and limitations in life seeing as he was an African American male from the south It is indeed true that knowledge is a key to many doors of opportunity but at the same time knowledge can be a hammer which strikes one abruptly on the head When it shows that person all of the things heshe didnt even know about let alone ever have the chance to do it is much more like that hammer then the key Although Wright felt oppressed because of his readings by the same token he learned a lot about the world and the people in it I now felt that I know what the white men where feeling168 Wright gained a new perspective through his readings he also got to see how a white person sees and talks about the world He eventually gained the knowledge which empowered him to start writing himself which in time led to him writing several novels of his own which where published and sold Wright enjoyed reading very much reading was like a drug a dope168 Through reading Wrights life was better fulfilled in that he learned of people places and things and he would have other wise been oblivious
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