|Plot Summary of Black Boy|
|"Richard Wright's autobiography, Black Boy, is a hard hitting novel that either stimulates praise or anger from those who read it. He uses his autobiography as a personal and political protest against the psychological mistreatment of young
Negroes by both black and white Southern communities. The psychological mistreatment forced on him by blacks was simply in the form of beatings and censure from relatives which were intended to make him submissive and keep him from being lynched. The psychological mistreatment forced on him by whites was simply having to live and adhere to Jim Crow Laws. Some people have asked why would Richard Wright write an autobiography of this nature. His life experiences definitely would not have been as effective in arousing the public's interest written as fiction. I found his autobiography to be tough, warm, funny,and compelling. I have no doubt in my mind that his experiences were as he stated, because as autobiography goes - it just tells it like it is!"
Marlive Harris, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Black Boy|
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Time/era of story
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- Deep South
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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