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Prompt What is the reason for Wrights use of hunger in the novel How does hunger actually strengthem his character HmI think I might have kind of strayed a bit form the topic but i think its pretty good essay about hunger in the first part of black boy we were only required to read part 1 The word hunger is most often used to refer to as a lack of nourishment from food Richard Wright is certainly no stranger to that form of hunger in his autobiographical novel Black Boy but he uses this physical hunger as a symbol of the larger emptiness Richards inhumane brutal life has caused him to feel Throughout the first half of the novel his emotional and mental malnutrition is especially evident as he hungers for literature artistic expression and engagement in social and political issues As a result of his many hungers he evolves into a strong minded aspiring writer Wrights experiences with hunger begin along with his first memories In the first chapter he writes of hunger along with many other short descriptions meant to create impressions seemingly of emptiness of what he felt and experienced as a child There were echoes of nostalgia I heard in the crying strings of wild geese winging south against a bleak autumn sky There was the yearning for identification loosed in my by the sight of a solitary ant carrying a burden upon a mysterious journey There was the thirst I had when I watched clear sweet juice trickle from sugar cane being crushed There was the cloudy notion of hunger when I breathed the odor of new-cut bleeding grass pg 8 Everything about this passage paints a rather despairing picture of his childhood The words he chose - echoes nostalgia crying bleak burden mysterious thirst crushed cloudy hunger bleeding - are all being used to describe the longing and hunger he felt as a
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