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Analysis of Richard Wright's Native Son - In Richard Wright’s Native Son, Bigger Thomas attempts to gain power over his environment through violence whenever he is in a position to do so. The first expression of Bigger’s desire for power comes in the opening scene of the book in which Wright sets the precedent for Bigger’s actions. In the opening scene, the Thomas family discovers a black rat in their apartment, and it is Bigger’s task to take care of it. Bigger kills the rat, and through this action, he asserts control over the disturbance of his environment....   [tags: Richard Wright, Native Son, Literary Analysis] 1245 words
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - Required to remain quiet while his grandmother lies ill in bed, four-year-old richard wright becomes bored and begins playing with fire near the curtains, leading to his accidentally burning down the family home in Natchez, Mississippi. In fear, Richard hides under the burning house. His father, retrieves him from his hiding place. Then, his mother ella beats him so severely that he loses consciousness and falls ill. Nathan abandons the family to live with another woman while Richard and his brother alan are still very young....   [tags: Black Boy Richard Wright] 1411 words
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - Alienation in Black Boy This essay will talk about how Richard in Black Boy was living a life of alienation, created by his oppressors the white man and how the white man's power was able to make the black community oppress itself. What does alienation mean. "Alienation (or "estrangement" means, for Marx, that man does not experience himself as the acting agent in his grasp of the world, but that the world (nature, others and he himself) remain alien to him. They stand above and against him as objects, even though they may be objects of his own creation....   [tags: Black Boy Richard Wright] 1159 words
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Prejudice Explored in "Black Boy" by Richard Wright - In a country full of inequities and discriminations, numerous books were written to depict our unjust societies. One of the many books is an autobiography by Richard Wright. In Black Boy, Wright shares these many life-changing experiences he faced, which include the discovery of racism at a young age, the fights he put up against discriminations and hunger, and finally his decision of moving Northward to a purported better society. Through these experiences which eventually led him to success, Wright tells his readers the cause and effect of racism, and hunger....   [tags: Black Boy, Richard Wright, racism, prejudice] 874 words
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Richard Wright's Native Son - Richard Wright's Native Son Richard Wright's novel, Native Son, stirred up a real controversy by shocking the sensibilities of both black and white America. The protagonist, Bigger Thomas, is from the lowest ring of society, and Wright does not blend him with any of the romantic elements common to literary heroes. Bigger is what one expects him to be because of the social conditions in which he lives: he is sullen, frightened, violent, hateful, and resentful. He is the product of the condemnation the “white” society has brought upon him....   [tags: Richard Wright Native Son] 816 words
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - Black Boy Essay Analyse the process through which Richard becomes independent and highlight your observations through judicious textual references which capture the power of Wright's narrative style. This novel focuses on the struggle for identity of a young black boy in the Deep South. It is a powerful testament of his life. In this novel, Wright uses writing to free himself from the prejudice he is constantly facing, gradually he find that writing allows him to explore new ideas and expand his imagination, not only this, but Wright discovers through self realisation that he faces a need to write in order to break out from the constraining world of race, religion and family....   [tags: Wright Richard Black Boy] 1387 words
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The Power of Language in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - The Power of Language in Richard Wright’s Black Boy A stunning realization for Richard Wright in his autobiography Black Boy was the multifaceted uses of language; his words could offend, console, enrage, or be a fatal weapon. In Wright’s unceasing quest for knowledge, he discovers a strange world that makes him feel that he had “overlooked something terribly important in life.” He conveys his amazement at the literary realm through his metaphorical language and curiosity depicting his point of view....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 596 words
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Language and Identity in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - Language and Identity in Richard Wright’s Black Boy Richard Wright portrays the many aspects of social acceptance and the use of language as a key to identity throughout the novel. He brings the pages to life by using sufficient elements to enhance his writing. Through these displays of rhetorical techniques, the appeal to the reader is dramatically increased which results in a more personal and overall significant meaning to the book Black Boy. The claim of social acceptance is especially evident throughout chapter ten....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 415 words
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Animal Symbolism in Native Son by Richard Wright - Animal Symbolism in Native Son by Richard Wright         Two rats and a cat are used as symbols in Richard Wright's Native Son.  The rats, one found in an alley and the other in Bigger's apartment, symbolize Bigger.  Mrs. Dalton's white cat represents white society, which often takes the form of a singular character.  "Parallels are drawn between these animals and the characters they represent at key moments during the novel" (Kinnamon 118).  These parallels help the reader identify with Bigger and understand why he acts the way he does.  The animal imagery in Native Son explains some of Bigger's behavior and generates sympathy for Bigger and fear of whites....   [tags: Native Son Essays Richard Wright]
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Richard Wright's The Man Who Was Almost a Man - Richard Wright's The Man Who Was Almost a Man The Man Who Was Almost a Man is a fictitious short story about an uneducated black boy's quest to become a man. Growing up in the early 1900's was a very hard task for most black people. The lack of education was one of the hardest hills they had to overcome to make it in a world dominated by whites. The story centers upon one 17-year boy who has very low self-esteem caused by his peers. He believes that owning a gun will gain him respect with others and thus make him a man....   [tags: Richard Wright Man almost Essays]
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Violence in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - Violence in Richard Wright’s Black Boy Most literary works centering on adolescence do not depict it as the proverbial walk through the park; a smooth transition between the naivet6 and innocence of childhood to the morality and self -awareness of adulthood is an implausibility confined to the most basic of fairy tales and weekday morning children’s television programming. When analyzed in depth, the mat uration process of a human being is depicted almost always as some sort of struggle, retaliation against the forces of oppression regardless of their forms (including social, political or religious obstacles)....   [tags: Richard Wright Black Boy Essays]
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Richard Wright's Big Boy Leaves Home - Richard Wright's Big Boy Leaves Home Richard Wright’s “Big Boy Leaves Home” addresses several issues through its main character and eventual (though reluctant) hero Big Boy. Through allusions to survival and primal instincts, Wright confronts everything from escaping racism and the transportation (both literal and figurative) Big Boy needs to do so, as well as the multiple sacrifices of Bobo. Big Boy’s escape symbolizes both his departure from his home life and his childhood. Big Boy, unlike his friends, does not have a true name....   [tags: Richard Wright big Boy Leaves Home Essays] 2258 words
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Emotion and Diction in Richard Wright’s Book Black Boy - Emotion and Diction in Richard Wright’s Book Black Boy Throughout Richard Wright’s book Black Boy, which represented his life, Richard used great emotion to show us how he was and what he may have been feeling. He also referred the book to his own life by using examples and making them as evidence in the book. His techniques and diction in this book gave a fire to his writing and a voice towards how it was for him growing up. Richard Wright’s main use was Pathos, which means emotion, to show us how he was feeling while he was writing this book....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 595 words
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Use of Diction and Imagery in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - Use of Diction and Imagery in Richard Wright’s Black Boy Black Boy, which was written by Richard Wright, is an autobiography of his upbringing and of all of the trouble he encountered while growing up. Black Boy is full of drama that will sometimes make the reader laugh and other times make the reader cry. Black Boy is most known for its appeals to emotions, which will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat. In Black Boy Richard talks about his social acceptance and identity and how it affected him....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 786 words
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Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy - Use of Rhetorical Appeals and Diction in Richard Wright’s Autobiographical Work, Black Boy In his autobiographical work, Black Boy, Richard Wright wrote about his battles with hunger, abuse, and racism in the south during the early 1900's. Wright was a gifted author with a passion for writing that refused to be squelched, even when he was a young boy. To convey his attitude toward the importance of language as a key to identity and social acceptance, Wright used rhetorical techniques such as rhetorical appeals and diction....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 535 words
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Defining Roles through the Use of Language in Richard Wright’s Autobiography, Black Boy - Defining Roles through the Use of Language in Richard Wright’s Autobiography, Black Boy In his autobiography, Black Boy, Richard Wright is constantly feeling alone and cast from society. He always knew he was different from his friends and the other kids; he knew that there was something separating himself from his peers- language. Throughout the novel Wright uses language to define roles, to define himself, and to define society. Wright’s use of language and rhetorical techniques allows his readers to know exactly which characters are filling which roles in the novel....   [tags: Richard Wright’s Black Boy] 442 words
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The Life and Works of Richard Wright - ... Richard Wright spares no detail in describing the events that transpired after Bigger’s murder of Mary. Wright details the disposition of Mary’s body in “Then blood crept outward in widening circles of pink on the newspapers, spreading quickly now. He whacked at the bone with his knife. The head hung limply on the newspapers, the curly black hair dragging about in blood. He whacked harder, but the head would not come off.” (Wright 92). This criminal action of Bigger was horrendous and in no way can be justified in the eyes of the upstanding people of both blacks and whites....   [tags: notorious, African American writers, Native Son]
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Native Son by Richard Wright - Native Son by Richard Wright Who is the victim in a prejudiced civilization. The dominant group or the minority. "Native Son," a novel by Richard Wright, focuses on the effects of racism on the oppressors and the oppressed....   [tags: Wright Native Son] 1582 words
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The Works of Richard Wright - Charles Washington A Fresh Beginning through Writing Through writing anyone can create whatever their desires: people, places, objects, events, anything to get others to view a piece of information of he or she’s choice. Like Clive Lewis said, “You can make anything by writing” (C.S. Lewis). He was accurate in saying that statement. All writers have a different way to communicate to others about themselves and showing people how they feel. One person amongst the group of authors Richard Nathaniel Wright, has drastically indicated his thoughts to the world through his writing....   [tags: discrimination, racism, african american]
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Richard Wright: Hungry for Knowledge - Richard Wright’s novel Black Boy is an autobiography about his life. “Black Boy” covers his life in the south, from Memphis, Tennessee to Mississippi where he moved as he got older. In the novel Wright , talks about his struggles growing up during the Jim Crow laws, and being abandoned by his father. Growing up in poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred, and confusion Wright felt the need to steal, and lash out others around him to make himself feel better about life. Wrights mother also had a disability which also made it hard for him money wise because she couldn’t work that much and most of their income was depended upon his elderly grandmother and himself....   [tags: African Americans, poverty, discrimination]
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - ... So that’s why I think Richard has chose the title “Black Boy” to tell about his life struggle an what a black was meant to other people back in the day. There are a lot of main characters in the story of black boy but there are a few that got my action an that’s Richard Wright the son and the main character, Ella Wright the mother, Alan the little brother of Richard Wright, Nathan Wright Richard father and granny and grandpa. These characters has got my action just because of the things they did and the story on the way the behave....   [tags: story and character analysis] 549 words
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Native Son by Richard Wright - One in three black males will go to prison in their lifetime. (Knafo) This should be surprising and heartbreaking. From the beginning of the new world until now, the essence of the black male in society has been so misunderstood. Black men are often seen as symbols of bad people so usually they have no choice but to do bad things or they are wrongfully convicted of doing bad things. Richard Wright was one of the first black writers to capture the true social construct of black men in his novel called Native Son....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Native Song by Richard Wright - Native son by Richard wright is a novel revolving around a young African American named bigger Thomas and his life working for the Daltons family. In a situation caught between faith and death, bigger must decide what he has to do to prove his innocence or fight after being caught in the midst of a violent act. “He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how he live the shame and misery of their lives, he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair.” This quote describes the situation bigger and his family are in....   [tags: daltons family, african american] 780 words
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - ... Even in the North, jobs tended to be given to European immigrants over blacks— at least prior to World War I— and though opportunities were indeed greater in the North than in the South, most blacks there remained poorly paid and working unskilled jobs. As this demonstrates, economic hardship was not at all uncommon among African Americans in the early twentieth century. By including the term “American Hunger” in brackets behind “Black Boy,” Wright draws attention to this relationship between race and physical hunger experienced by both him and many around him....   [tags: predetermined place, race, gender, class]
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Native Son by Richard Wright - Richard Wright’s main character in Native Son, Bigger Thomas, was created by many different things, both inside the novel and in the real world. Throughout the novel Bigger’s actions reflect his many flaws that had resulted from his poor childhood. Bigger’s family, although they are around him a lot because of their small house, annoy him whenever they talk to him and he feels as though he does not have a close relationship with any of them, except his little brother Buddy who Bigger can tolerate....   [tags: character analysis, comparison, Hitler, Stalin] 989 words
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Native Son by Richard Wright - ... By African-Americans being the street they are not heard or seen, showing that they are less important. It connects with the killing of Mary and Bessie on how Bigger didn’t get trialed for Bessie’s murder and she’s black but only getting trailed for Mary’s murder and she is white. Wright’s diction in the novel has Bigger speaking in his head a lot of the times and not being able to express his true feelings around the white people by saying, “What was it that they wanted. Why didn’t they leave him alone....   [tags: fear, flight and fate] 1115 words
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Native Son by Richard Wright - People’s negative actions at times are products of baneful expectations. Native Son, is a novel written by Richard Wright. This novel focuses on Bigger Thomas’s struggle when living life in Chicago in the 1930s, with the burden of a racist society. Thomas’s sins are evoked by society’s negative influence due to society’s idea of equality. Thomas’s sins are evoked by society because society besieges Thomas’s conscious. Bigger Thomas is the oldest offspring in a poor African American family, he is constantly depended on financially but hardly commits....   [tags: bullied by a racist society]
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Native Son by Richard Wright - ... The irony of this situation is that Mrs. Dalton is blind and is unable to see Bigger the night he kills Mary. Like the rest of society when they don’t automatically accuse Bigger of the crime because they think he’s incapable of such a thing. “And Mrs. Dalton had not known that he was in the room with her; it would have been the last thing she would of though of. He was black and would not have figured in her thoughts on such an occasion. Bigger felt that a lot of people were like Mrs. Dalton, blind…” (pg.107)....   [tags: diction, and figurative language, black, white ] 1953 words
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Richard Wright's Native Son - Every person on earth has feelings and beliefs that must be expressed, and, of course, there is no one, perfect means of doing this that works for everyone. For some, literature provides a perfect medium to depict exactly what they wish to communicate. As an example, Richard Wright's novel, Native Son, specifically conveys his opinion of the struggle blacks had to face (personified by Bigger Thomas, the main character of the story) in the white man's world of the early 1900's. To create a novel such as this, there are many concepts that must be strung together....   [tags: Novel Analysis Wright] 1292 words
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Richard Wright's Native Son - Conditioning in Native Son by Richard Wright: Can a Man be Held Responsible for Actions Decided for Him. In 1607, the English crossed the great Atlantic Ocean, braving the unexplored terrain of the new world, in hopes to achieve economic prosperity. But to achieve this economic prosperity, it became clear that cheap, reliable labor would be a necessity in order to thrive birthing the practice of slavery in the United States. Three hundred years later, those values of being able to obtain economic success still holds fast, so Americans are still forced to rely to on the back bone that aided them in the success of the creation of America, Blacks....   [tags: coditioning, literary analysis]
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Racism in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Racism in Wright's Black Boy The theme of Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy is racism. Wright grew up in the deep South; the Jim Crow South of the early twentieth century. From an early age Richard Wright was aware of two races, the black and the white. Yet he never understood the relations between the two races. The fact that he didn't understand but was always trying to, got him into trouble many times. When in Memphis, Wright reluctantly assumed the role society dictated for him, the role of a black boy....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays]
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Hunger in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Hunger in Black Boy    In the troubled world in which we live in, it is almost impossible not to find someone who is experiencing hunger in any one of its forms. Whether it is for food, for knowledge, or for love, hunger is everywhere and it mercilessly attacks anyone, young or old, black or white. In Richard Wright's autobiography, Black Boy, Wright suffers hunger for love, hunger for knowledge, and hunger for what he believes is right. A constant need for love and care develops in Richard when he is young....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays]
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Hunger in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Hunger in Black Boy Have you ever experienced real hunger. The kinds of hungers that Richard experiences in Black Boy are not evident in the society where you and I reside. The present middle class citizens cannot really relate to true physical hunger. Hunger for most of us is when there is nothing that we desire to eat around the house and therefore skip one meal. This cannot even compare to the days that Richard endures without food. Physical hunger, however, is not the only hunger apparent in Richard's life....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 969 words
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Analysis of Black Boy by Richard Wright - A quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most renowned public speakers and advocate for equal rights of African Americans. Despite the story Black Boy, by Richard Wright, taking place several years before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, there is a prevalent discrimination in both time periods. In the beginning of the novel Black Boy, Richard maintained a facade, or superficial appearance, that blacks were equal to whites....   [tags: black boy, jim crow, discrimination] 699 words
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Richard Wright's Assessment for the Negro Writers - Richard Wright's Assessment for the Negro Writers Introduction Richard Wright’s plead in the Blueprint for Negro Writing could be very well summarized in one of the famous words from Thomas Kempis, “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” In this popular essay, Richard Wright denounced the Negro writers as he perceived them to be merely begging for the sympathy of the bourgeoisie instead of striving to present a life that is more worth living for the Black Americans (Mitchell 98)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Heroic: Black Boy by Richard Wright - In Richard Wright’s Black Boy, you see not only the transformation of a young boy going into adulthood, but a fascinating story of a hero on a journey to discover his true identity and his part in society. “Heroism is not about rising to the top, fighting for one's rightful place in society, but rather about making one's society and one's self whole. There is, however, also the notion that the right person can solve even global problems single-handedly. If the right person attempts such a feat, it will usually be successful” (Haberkorn)....   [tags: hero, true identity, caucasians]
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Richard Wright - Richard Wright "Whenever I thought of the essential bleakness of black life in America, I knew that Negroes had never been allowed to catch the full spirit of Western civilization, that they lived somehow in it but not of it. And when I brooded upon the cultural barrenness of black life, I wondered if clean, positive tenderness, love, honor, loyalty, and the capacity to remember were native with man. I asked myself if these human qualities were not fostered, won, struggled and suffered for, preserved in ritual from one generation to another." This passage written in Black Boy, the autobiography of Richard Wright shows the disadvantages of Black people in the 1930's....   [tags: History Rich ard Wright African American Papers]
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The Tone Of Bright And Morning Star - Under Communist rule, everyone is equal by law. That's why during the 1920 to the 1950's, African Americans flocked to join the party. Included in the flock of black Communists was the renowned black author, Richard Wright, whose works are today known for their dark portrayal of black Communist life. A critic summarizes the influence on his stories: "As a poor black child growing up in the deep South, Richard Wright suffered poverty, hunger, racism and violence... experiences that later became central themes of his work" ("Richard Wright" 1)....   [tags: Richard Wright] 1992 words
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Rhetorical Techniques in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - Rhetorical Techniques in Richard Wright’s Black Boy Richard Wright uses language in his novel, Black Boy, as a source to convey his opinions and ideas. His novel both challenges and defends the claim that language can represent a person and become a peephole into their life and surroundings. Richard Wright uses several rhetorical techniques to convey his own ideas about the uses of language. First, Wright’s language and writing style in Black Boy challenge Baldwin’s ideas. For example, pages 18-19 are purely figures pf speech that convey the writer as being far different than Wright....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 643 words
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The Significance of Language in Richard Wright’s Black Boy - The Significance of Language in Richard Wright’s Black Boy Richard Wright had the "privilege" to experience America society, probably, at its worst. He saw how humans had the ability to treat other humans. His autobiography tells the tale, but it also gives life to words, to language. Wright had a gift for writing and he uses many techniques to bring that writing to life; for example, the exchange of words between whites and blacks gives the reader insight as to how much respect each race held for each other, or the degree of imagery he uses to bring the book to life....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 581 words
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Characters and Themes in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Characters and Themes in Black Boy The novel, Black Boy is Richard Wright's autobiographical account of his life beginning with his earliest memories and ending with his departure for the North at age nineteen. In Black Boy, Wright tells of an unsettled family life that takes him from Natchez, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee, back to Jackson, Mississippi, then to Arkansas, back again to Mississippi, and finally to Memphis once more, where he prepares for his eventual migration to Chicago....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 1604 words
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Coming of Age in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Coming of Age in Wright's Black Boy Black Boy, created by Richard Wright with his soul and written as his shadow, is a subtly actualized chronicle of an adolescent's coming of age in the United States accompanying by a clear-cut denunciation of the Southern racial intolerance. Throughout the novel, said reasons for novelizing this superb piece of work, is upheld by numerous citations of maturity related incidents obscured by the racial era. With the myriad ingenious assertions within Black Boy in the context of the motivation in freelancing this novel, it is to my understanding that binary objectives takes place of which are truly relevant to one another...   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 713 words
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Importance of Language in Richard Wright's Black Boy - The Importance of Language in Black Boy         Richard Wright's novel Black Boy is not only a story about one man's struggle to find freedom and intellectual happiness, it is a story about his discovery of language's inherent strengths and weaknesses. And the ways in which its power can separate one soul from another and one class from another. Throughout the novel, he moves from fear to respect, to abuse, to fear of language in a cycle of education which might be likened to a tumultuous love affair....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays]
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Richard Wright's - Black Boy - Richard Wright's - Black Boy A Teacher's Guide for Secondary and Post Secondary Educators Introduction Richard Wright: An Overview Questions and Activities Before Viewing Questions and Activities After Viewing History: Questions and Activities Education: Questions and Activities Literature: Questions and Activities Psychology: Questions and Activities Sociology Political Science/Cultural Studies: Questions and Activities Bibliographies INTRODUCTION Although RICHARD WRIGHT: BLACK BOY focuses mainly on the life and history of an internationally acclaimed American author, the visual and audio components of the documentary richly contextualize the literature that Wright produ...   [tags: essays research papers fc] 5480 words
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Richard Wright and Black Boy - Richard Wright and Black Boy One main point of the United States Constitution was missing from the Jim Crow South: equality. The Constitution clearly states that "all men are created equal," but in the Jim Crow era blacks were continuously persecuted for something that would be acceptable in today's society. In the early 20th century the South was a place of racial prejudice, discrimination, and hate; blacks could be punished for simply looking at a white person in the wrong manner. Punishments included arrest, beating, even lychings were a common part of the age....   [tags: Black Boy] 1366 words
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Black Boy by Richard Wright - Black Boy by Richard Wright Richard Wright, author and main character of Black Boy wrote about his ongoing struggle to figure out the unanswerable question of why. His questions of why stemmed mainly around why people had to conform and act a certain way for certain people (more specifically why black people or Negroes had to operate in a certain manner in the presence of whites). Wright had a never-ending list of queries about how Negro Americans should or should not be. However, as close as he would come to obtaining an answer to his questions, the more impossible it seemed to achieve....   [tags: Papers] 354 words
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The Writings of Richard Wright - The Writings of Richard Wright Throughout history, the writings of many talented authors have reflected the time period in which they lived. Often the overall tone, and attitude of the novel is due to factors such as the environment in which the author was raised, or moral ethics that were instilled into their way of thinking. Richard Wright is an African-American author whose writings greatly reflected the time period in which he lived in. Native Son and Black Boy are two classic examples of Wright's works that are profoundly influenced by the era in which he lived....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 718 words
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Black Boy By Richard Wright - The conflicts between man and bigotry have caused casualties within man, which caused them to become victims. In the novel Black Boy Richard Wright explores the struggles throughout his life has been the victim of abuse from his coworkers, family, and his classmates, due to this he is able to return his pain and he becomes a victimizer. Wright depicts the victimizing tendencies of the members of his dysfunctional family. In the beginning Wright a first notice something is wrong with his family when his father goes to work and never comes back....   [tags: essays research papers] 958 words
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Richard Wright Did Not Help The African American Community - Many critics have categorized Richard Wright’s characters as racist. They feel that his writing did not help, but hurt the African America community. African American critics say that his writings amplified the preconceived notions of whites that black people could not be trusted, were not worthless, and were incapable of making decisions on their own. His critics wanted black writers to be portrayed as trustworthy, educated, and were equally. Through his writings, Richard Wright was able to share with the world the hatred, fear, and violence that African American men face, including himself experienced on a day to day basis....   [tags: biography, racist, unstable childhood]
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Control of the Black Man in Richard Wright's, Native Son - Native Son written by Richard Wright, is a novel that is set in the 1930’s around the time that racism was most prominent. Richard Wright focuses on the mistreatment and the ugly stereotypes that label the black man in America. Bigger Thomas, the main character is a troubled young man trying to live up the expectations of his household and also maintain his reputation in his neighborhood. Wright’s character is the plagued with low self esteem and his lack of self worth is reflected in his behavior and surroundings....   [tags: Native Son Essays]
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Richard Wright’s Hunger: Analysis of Black Boy - Desires of all types plague the human mind constantly. Certain desires are obvious and necessary, such as food and water. Others are more unique to humanity, such as education, respect, and love. When something or someone seems to stand in the way of an important yearning, desire becomes hunger. Over the course of world history, minorities have been repeatedly denied some of their most basic desires. An example would be the treatment of African-Americans in the United States until the later twentieth century....   [tags: African American History, Rebellion, Literacy]
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The Women in Richard Wright's Uncle Tom’s Children - Some critics have argued that Richard Wright’s women are “flat, one dimensional stereotypes, portrayed primarily in terms of their relationship to the male character”. (Quote, p540) However, in Uncle Tom’s Children, Wright resents three very distinct types of female characters who did not fit this description. Wright portrays women as an Avenger, a Sufferer and a Mother figure whose actions propel the stories to their final conclusion. In the story “Bright and Morning Star” Wright places the protagonist, Aunt Sue, in a domestic environment....   [tags: Uncle Tom’s Children Essays] 1281 words
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Analysis of Bigger Thomas in Native Son by Richard Wright - ... The root is rage.” (Butler) Thus examines that violence is irresistible and compelling to Bigger because he has so much reason to hate the white community. His rage compelled him to act upon his feelings, and kill people. This only made the reality of his crime worse. Bigger now has to face the consequences of reality. He becomes “The total embodiment of that society’s hatred, prejudices and resentments against the Black men.” (Amis) Although black people were already despised throughout the book, Bigger has given them another reason to look down upon the Black community....   [tags: African-Americans, Racism, Murder]
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Native Son by Paul Green and Richard Wright - ... Native Son takes place in Chicago. During these times in Chicago the little girls and women wore shoes that buckle. Money was of a greater value to people back then. Many of the black people (men) were physically more threatening to white people, especially the ones who were wealthy. The lighter skinned black people were looked at differently than the average ‘nigger’. Blacks were in an economic crisis as they were being overtaxed by the republican government, who only gave each family minimal assistance with small portions of food....   [tags: story analysis, racial relations] 902 words
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Richard Wright's Native Son - Richard Wright's Native Son The book Native Son by Richard Wright is about an African American man growing up in the south. The main character Bigger Thomas often finds himself in trouble throughout his life from the beginning to the end. The author uses his views and thoughts through Bigger about American society. Bigger worked for a rich man named Mr. Dalton and had “accidentally” murdered his daughter Mary. As a result of that a domino effect of misfortune began to happen. Bigger was later arrested and put on trial because of his actions I felt like I was watching a man sinking through quicksand and with every movement or attempt to free himself making the situation worst....   [tags: Essays Papers] 561 words
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Richard Wright's Native Son - Native Son In Native Son, by Richard Wright, the main character is 20 year old Bigger Thomas. Growing up poor, uneducated, and angry at the whole world, it is almost obvious that Bigger is going to have a rough life. Anger, frustration, and violence are habits for him. He is an experienced criminal, and unable to handle with his wild mood swings, Bigger often explodes in fits of crazy, aggressive outrage. Bigger has grown up with the opinion that he simply has no control over his life....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Foreshadowing In Native Son, By Richard Wright - In the 1940's white people were clearly the majority and superior race. Whites looked down on all other races, especially blacks. This superiority had been going on for hundreds of years and was never challenged until the 1950's and 1960's. During this time period there were many civil rights movements led by Communists and other groups who believed in racial equality. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most famous spokesman and adamant believer in racial equality. The helm of all white supremacist groups was in Chicago....   [tags: Wright Native Sun Analysis Literature] 918 words
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Richard Wright - “The Man Who Was Almost a Man'; In “The Man Who Was Almost a Man'; by Richard Wright, the main character Dave expresses his needs to be acknowledged as an adult. Yet he also exhibits his immaturity and the fact that he is not yet an adult and can not handle adult problems. His actions lead him into trouble that proves the fact that he is still an adolescent who can not handle problems of the adult world. The characters around Dave make him feel like he is still a child....   [tags: essays research papers] 449 words
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The Importance of Language in Richard Wright’s Novel, Black Boy - The Importance of Language in Richard Wright’s Novel, Black Boy Words are powerful things. They can be used to construct or destruct. In the novel Black Boy, Richard Wright discovers this fact after reading inspirational works written by a man named Mencken. It is at this point in his life where he understands the importance of words. Wright qualifies the idea that language is an important key to identity and social acceptance using figures of speech and warrants. A rhetorical technique used by Wright is this passage is that of metaphors....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 438 words
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Use of Rhetorical Strategies in Richard Wright’s Autobiography, Black Boy - Use of Rhetorical Strategies in Richard Wright’s Autobiography, Black Boy Richard Wright grew up in a bitterly racist America. In his autobiography Black Boy, he reveals his personal experience with the potency of language. Wright delineates the efficacious role language plays in forming one’s identity and social acceptance through an ingenious use of various rhetorical strategies. Richard’s own identity as well as his personal identification of others is formed through language. For example, in Richard’s encounter with the Yankee, Richard used language to fill up the “yawning, shameful gap.” He uses personification to emphasize the awkwardness of their conversation....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 468 words
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Blindness in Richard Wright's Native Son - Blindness in Richard Wright's Native Son Does it seem sometimes as if people are ignorant to other feelings. Have you ever had a friend get away with something or toy with someone's thoughts to benefit him or her. Similar types of blindness occur in the novel Native Son by Richard Wright (1940). The story starts in the Great Depression with a poor black family waking up to a foot long rat in their one room apartment. Bigger, the main character, and his younger brother Buddy narrowly kill it without bodily harm....   [tags: Native Son Essays]
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Richard Wright's Black Boy as a Catalyst to End Racism - Black Boy as a Catalyst to End Racism Around 2000 B.C., Egyptians enslaved Jews in bondage like caged animals because they were targeted as a lesser race and thus chosen for labor. Just 1500 years later, the Jews themselves were the culprits of racism labeling the very association with Samaritans as a deep sin. In 1861_1865, the United States divided brother against brother in one of its bloodiest battles of all time over black slavery.             Racism survives not simply as an intangible historic fable but as a real modern problem, also....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays]
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Alienation Exposed in Richard Wright's Black Boy - Alienation Exposed in Black Boy          From the early days of Richard’s childhood, Richard was always alienated from his environment.  Even though he tried to distance himself from the prejudice all around him, the white people still tried to turn him into the stereotypical southern black person.  However, throughout the story Richard is also alienated by his own people and perhaps even more then from the white people.             Richard was always a rebel, from his boyhood to his older teenage years.  Richard’s grandmother was always excessively beating him.  From the beginning, Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around.  The white peo...   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 525 words
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The Slavery and Freedom in Almos’ a Man and That Evening Sun - ... Furthermore, Dave wants to become a man so he no longer fears his enemies, “ah ain scareda them even ef they are biggern me!” says Dave (1011) He believes that the only way to cross the bridge into manhood is by owning a gun and firing it, “one of these days [I am] going to get a gun and practise shooting” (1012). Wright’s depiction not only shows Dave being powerless because of his speech impediment, but it also shows that he is fearful of his own race. In other words, since Dave is alienated from (white) society, his fears are turned toward his own racial people....   [tags: Richard Wright and William Faulkner] 728 words
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The Man Who Was Almost a Man - This short story written by Richard Wright is a very well written, and has a very good plot and keeps the reader entertained throughout. From the dialogue to the characters, who inhabit the world crafted by Wright its very intriguing. On the surface it appears to be just a story about childhood disobedience in general, but the overall theme is much deeper than that. The story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" is at first glance a story about childhood disobedience. However, it is much deeper than that the story is about a young boy named Dave who is frustrated with how the other men he works alongside in the field....   [tags: richard wright, disobedience, manhood]
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The Effects of Sociocultural Factors on Individuals - Swami Nirmalananda, a disciple of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna, once said “Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.” Society is seen as a cage by many because the cultural beliefs that make up the society are what guide the actions and behaviors of those people within. Sometimes the culture in societies result in helping people develop successfully and positively, but this is not always the case. For instance, societies that were challenged by racism during the mid-twentieth century were marked by rage and were the causes of some troublesome lives....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Richard Wright] 1311 words
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The Conformity in a White Society: Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy - “I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all, to keep alive in our hearts a sense of the inexpressibly human.” (Richard Wright) In 1945 an intelligent black boy named Richard Wright made the brave decision to write and publish an autobiography illustrating the struggles, trials, and tribulations of being a Negro in the Jim Crow South....   [tags: writer, autobiography, black, the south]
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Richard Wright's 12 Million Black Voices: Photo and Text - 12 Million Black Voices by Richard Wright is a photo and text book which poetically tells the tale of African Americans from the time they were taken from Africa to the time things started to improve for them in a 149 page reflection. Using interchanging series of texts and photographs, Richard Wright encompasses the voices of 12 Million African-Americans, and tells of their sufferings, their fears, the phases through which they have gone and their hopes. In this book, most of the photos used were from the FSA: Farm Security Administration and a few others not from them....   [tags: African Americans from slavery to civil rights]
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The Ethics of Living Jim Crow an Autobiographical Sketch by Richard Wright - ... The only real reason that makes sense is that we are intimidated and fearful of what their potential could be. As Richard was reminded by his family, “When you are working for white folks . . . you got to “stay in your place” (Wright, 1937, p. 24) staying in your place, meant not attempting to better oneself. A graphic portrayal of racial profiling occurred when the police accosted Richard when his job duties required him to deliver in a white neighborhood. Simply being in the neighborhood provided reason to search Richard, but the dissatisfaction the officers displayed when they did not find anything incriminating on his person is appalling....   [tags: inequality, prejudice, stereotypes]
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Degradation and Discrimination in Richard Wright's The Ethics of Living Jim Crow - Richard Wright's "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow" illustrates his cruel childhood lesson of how he learned to live and survive with the degradation and discrimination that was prominent in the South. In this essay, Wright talks about the lessons he learned growing up regarding the proper way to act around white people in order to be safe and avoid confrontation. Whites viewed themselves as superior to blacks and acted in ways to reinforce this idea. Their oppressive actions create social pressures and consequences that make blacks act in certain ways to avoid the common lynchings or beatings....   [tags: white dominance, black man, defiance] 917 words
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The Suffering of Native Americans in Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright - ... . .He knew that the moment he allowed what his life meant to enter fully into his consciousness, he would either kill himself or someone else” (25). Bigger’s inability to provide for his family creates feelings of hate. He hates his family because they are a constant reminder of his race and the social injustices being a Black man in America subjects him to. He attempts to suppress the reality of his suffering because he knows that acknowledging it would unleash “a Negro murderer, a black murderer….an element which he reckoned with as ‘them” (89)....   [tags: poverty, discrimination and inequality] 1094 words
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Blindness in Native Son, by Richard Wright and Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison - The anaphora of blindness reveals itself in the two African American novels, Native Son by Richard Wright, written before the civil rights era, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, written in the mid 1950’s. They are spliced in an effort to center in on the American racial discrimination and segregation through both Wright’s and Ellison’s imagery to show how white supremacists forced African Americans to live a life without progression. Not only are whites responsible for the lack of progression within the black race, but blacks themselves are partially responsible for their own quality of life....   [tags: ]
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Similarities Between Native Son by Richard Wright and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - When reading the novels Native Son by Richard Wright and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the reader can recognize various similarities throughout the novels. The reader can see similarities between the character Bigger Thomas from Native Son and the creature from Frankenstein. Also, the character Buddy Thomas relates to the creature in the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein. In addition, both novels have a character that has negatively warped a younger character-- namely Mr. Dalton and Victor Frankenstein....   [tags: outcast, oppression, rape, creature] 1637 words
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The American Dream: Opportunity - The American Dream is a set of social ideas of what the U.S. offers such as equality, democracy, and material prosperity. The American Dream is an opportunity and is based off perspectives; what happens to the dreamer when the opportunity is not granted. Richard Wright’s 1940 novel “Native Son” is about a troubled young man in his early twenties set in the Chicago's Southside’s ghetto; he is unemployed and looking to find out who he really is. Fear, hatred, and racism are central conflicts, and it influenced Bigger Thomas, the protagonist, ravaging his uniqueness so relentlessly that his self-expression resulted in violence....   [tags: Richard Wright's The Native son] 795 words
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Language as the Key to Identity and Social Acceptance in Richard Wright’s Book, Black Boy - Language as the Key to Identity and Social Acceptance in Richard Wright’s Book, Black Boy According to African American writer, James Baldwin, language is a “vivid and crucial key to identity” and social acceptance. Black Boy, by Richard Wright, defends Baldwin’s belief. In a selected Black Boy passage, where Richard and his friends converse, the rhetorical techniques, pathos and warrants assist to convey Wright’s own attitude toward the importance of language as a key to identity and social acceptance....   [tags: Wright Black Boy Essays] 440 words
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Native Son by Richard Wright - Native Son Native Son is a very popular book in our days. While reading it, the reader gets introduced to the social discrimination of the past. These times were not a long time ago: not 300, not 200 years ago, but in the 20th century - the century where most of us was born. While people considered America as "White People's Country." White people discriminated black people, calling them "Negroes", because many centuries ago, when European nation has visited America, they brought black people to the North America and used them as slaves....   [tags: American Literature] 590 words
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Black Boy - Richard Wright's Portrayal of Himself - Black Boy - Richard Wright's Portrayal of Himself      Black Boy , an autobiography by Richard Wright, is an account of a young African-American boy's thoughts and outlooks on life in the South while growing up. The novel is 288 pages, and was published by Harper and Row Publishers in © 1996. The main subject, Richard Wright, who was born in 1908, opens the book with a description of himself as a four-year-old in Natchez, Mississippi, and his family's later move to Memphis. In addition it describes his early rebellion against parental authority, and his unsupervised life on the streets while his mother is at work....   [tags: Biography Precis] 983 words
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The Man Who Was Almost A Man by Richard Wright - "The Man Who Was Almost A Man" by Richard Wright In life, there are many decisions that everyone must make. And with decision-making comes consequences, some that we are ready for , and some that we may not be ready for. The author of ' The Man Who Was Almost a Man,' Richard Wright, portrays a young man who wants to be a man, but shows that he is clearly unprepared for manhood and the consequences that come with that responsibility. Through decision making based on self interest, wanting to gain respect from his family, and wanting to prove his dignity, Richard Wright brings forth the main character, Dave, a seventeen year old boy, whose actions show that he is only 'almost a man.'    ...   [tags: The Man Who Was Almost A Man] 601 words
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Sympathy for a Murderer in Richard Wright's Native Son - Sympathy for a Murderer in Richard Wright's Native Son In Native Son, Richard Wright introduces Bigger Thomas, a liar and a thief. Wright evokes sympathy for this man despite the fact that he commits two murders. Through the reactions of others to his actions and through his own reactions to what he has done, the author creates compassion in the reader towards Bigger to help convey the desperate state of Black Americans in the 1930’s. The simplest method Wright uses to produce sympathy is the portrayal of the hatred and intolerance shown toward Thomas as a black criminal....   [tags: Native Son Essays]
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Comparing Richard Wright's Native Son and Black Boy - Critiques on Native Son and Black Boy                                                                                 Bigger has no discernible relationship to himself, to his own             life, to his own people, nor to any, other people- in this respect,         perhaps, he is most American- and his force comes not from his              significance as a social (or anti-social) unit, but from his                significance as the incarnation of a myth. It is remarkable that,           though we follow him step by step from the tenement room to the             death cell, we know as little about him when this journey is ended          as we did when it began; and,...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 887 words
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