Black Boy

Black Boy

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  • The protagonist, Richard Wright, is  a dynamic character.
  • I accept.
  • You're hired.
  • "'I'm teaching you how to get out of white people's way,' he said. I looked at the people coming out of the store; yes, they were white, but I had not noticed it. 'Do you see what I mean?' he asked. 'White people want you out of their way.' He pronounced the words slowly so that they would sink into my mind. ... 'Oh, Christ, I can't be a slave,' I said hopelessly. 'But you've got to eat,' he said. 'Yes, I got to eat.' 'Then start acting like it,' he hammered at me." (Wright, pg. 218)
  • Secondary Character: Richard's Grandma is STATIC
  • "My life now depended upon my finding work, and I was so anxious that I accepted the first offer," (Wright, pg. 212)
  • "For weeks after that I could not believe in my feelings. My personality was numb, reduced to a lumpish, loose, dissolved state. I was a non-man, something that knew vaguely that it was human but felt that it was not. As time separated me from experience, I could feel no hate for the men who had driven me from the job. They did not seem to be individual men, but part of a huge, implacable, elemental design toward which hate was futile." (Wright, pg. 229)
  • "Granny stepped briskly onto the porch. 'You stop that, you evil gal!' she shouted. 'I want none of that Devil stuff in my house!' Her voice jarred me so that I gasped. For a moment I did not know what was happening. 'I'm sorry, Mrs. Wilson,' Ella stammered, rising. 'But he asked me-' 'He's just a foolish child and you know it!' Granny blazed." (Wright, pg. 45)
  • "'I'm not asking you for money or to do anything. I only want to work!' 'I have nothing to do with whether you go to school or not,' she said. 'You left the church and you are on your own. You are with the world. You're dead to me, dead to Christ.'" (Wright, pg. 169)
  • "'You must get out of this house if you take the name of the Lord in vain,' she said. 'Granny, please ... everybody knows that the story isn't true but-' 'Then why write it?' 'Because people might want to read it.' 'That's the Devil's work,' she said and left." (Wright, pg. 198)
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