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The Oppression In The 1900s Everybody once or more times in his or her life has been oppressed by others or themselves Such is the case of Richard Wright in Black Boy his autobiography He was born in 1918 at the time of segregation and discrimination The setting of this novel is in the deep south of Jackson Mississippi where blacks are abused by whites The time is 1912 two years before World War I The mood of the novel is dramatic Richard Wright is the protagonist The antagonists are the people who oppress him Some of them are his own family members The minor characters are the people he meets when he moves to Memphis Through other people he realizes the injustice of Jim Crow laws The conflict happens Richard fight against oppressions from others The climax of the novel takes place when he wants to learn and gains more knowledge by reading more books but he is afraid that the white people will find out about it As a result he hides the books under the newspapers when he goes to work so people will not see it The resolution occurs when he decides to tell his boss that he will move to Chicago Richard Wrights character is affected in early childhood by the effects of societal oppression as well as internalized oppression but he became a great American author despite these negative factors in his life The first time that Richard faces societal oppression is when he and his mother visit Granny in Arkansas This is how he describes it for the first time I noticed that there were two lines of people at the ticket window a white line and a black line During my visit at Grannys a sense of the two races had been born in me with a sharp concreteness that would never die until I diedI was aware that we Negroes were in one part of the
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