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on January 7, 2008 at 11:06:29 pm

Reflection #1: (general emotions and feelings of Black Boy by Richard Wright)


Black Boy on a scale from 0 to 10 i will give it a 6 only because of the crazy beginning.  I feel that Richard Wright is basically a genius and wrote an astounding book, but for a 17 year old suburban white kid, i felt that i just couldn't relate to the entire book, especially the 2nd half.  The 2nd half of the book shows Richard's struggle to keep a job through a racist America.  The ending of the book left us kind of empty because he finished writing this book close to his 50's, so i felt that he still had a while ahead of him.  Also the last 100 pages or so the book was a steady line, with some minimal peaks and valleys.  I couldn't completely find any climax or falling action or build up of anything.  I felt in general the 2nd half was very repetitive with losing and finding jobs.  After finishing the book completely i realized why Mr. Glover only teaches the first half of this book.  The 1st half of this book, i feel was unbelievable.  The text completely pulled me in and i flew through it.  Within the first ten pages, Richard at an extremely young age burns down his entire house.  He becomes a drunk at the age of 6 and he goes through the wildest days that i can not even imagine.  I can relate it to the Kite Runner, how it just keeps getting worse and worse, you just think its gotta stop, BUT IT DOESNT! Richard's unbeliveable childhood and adolensence sends us through: starvation, alcoholism, burning houses, moving through three states, and becoming valevictorian while barely making it to school. We also go through: abandoning of father, hundreds of beatings, escaping and returning, lost hope, poverty, mother having many strokes, and so much more.  I mean if you could imagine the worst things ever happening to one kid, it literally does.  We see racism in it's finest. I mean i was reading this book wondering how this kid did not become a serial killer or something.  I was so intrigued by how much a single child may go through.  I also kept realizing how great i have everything, and how much i take for granted in my life.  It is almost pathetic.  I feel that i have nothing to show, i have never even broken a bone.  Of course i would never want anything to happen to me, but what i feel is that i kind of want an adventure, i want to go find something and work very hard to make something of my life like Richard did.  He climbed over thousands of obstacles both big and small, and became the African American Writer he always dreamed of being.  I realized that i will not be lazy, because laziness is a waste of time.  So many thoughts roamed my head after reading this first half because not only was it an amazing childhood to tell, Richard Wright wrote it amazingly.  He is truly a literary genius, basically teaching himself how to read and write and he produces after years of struggle a book of excellence. 



Reflection #2: (The Main points i personally learned from reading this book)

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