Black Boy

Who is the Black boy?

His name, age, date of birth. etc.

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Black Boy is the narrator that traces the author's, Richard Wright, life. The protagonist, narrator, and author of the autobiographical novel. Black Boy traces Wright's childhood growing up in the brutal and racist environment of the South where Jim Crow laws were enforced and prejudice was everywhere. As a young child, Richard had no sense of the tension between blacks and whites. He learns to be independent at a young age because of poverty; abandoned by his father, his mother is the sole supporter of the family. Richard is the victim of his own hunger, both physically and intellectually. His ability to write and yearning for an education separate him from his peers, and Richard sense an isolation from the entire black community. Maturing into an adult, Richard becomes aware of the social situation in the South and realizes that he must leave the South to achieve his goal of becoming a writer. He leaves for Chicago and becomes an active member in the Communist Party, where he learns that ignorance is not limited to race. In the end, Richard learns to rely on the power of the written word.