|Plot Summary of Black Boy|
|"Richard Wright was born black and poor in the Deep South of Roxie, Mississippi in 1908. His father was an illiterate sharecropper and his mother was a schoolteacher. The family was so poor that they often had to move in order to get help from family members. Richard was always hungry and hated the injustice of the way black people were treated in the south. His bitterness and adolescent angst led him to start drinking by the age of ten.
When Richard was old enough, he moved to Chicago. He was in awe of the way black and white people lived amongst one another in relative harmony. Wright joined the Communist party in the 1930's and was quite active in the movement for almost a decade. He liked the party's focus on equality for everyone and abolishing the very rich and the very poor.
While Richard Wright is most famous for his novel, Native Son, his autobiography is an uncensored glimpse into the life of a black man in the early twentieth century Deep South. "
Serena, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Black Boy|
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Political/social rights fight
- minorities fighting for rights
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- story of lower class
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- Deep South
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- actual description of hetero sex
- main character serviced by prostitute
Lot of foul language?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 26-50% of book
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