Richard Wright is a young man who grew up in the Deep South when the Jim Crow laws of the early twentieth century were in place. From an early age, Richard Wright was aware of the differences in two races: the black and the white. His rebelliousness against Jim Crow south made him successful in life. Although Richard wright lived in the Jim Crow south and struggled, he managed to become rebellious against his family, religion and authority. In the autobiography, Black Boy by Richard Wright the author shows the reader that he was very rebellious against his family at a young age.
Just as I found a way to express myself through writing, I feel my siblings can find that same passion. If my siblings can inspire others they in return can inspire more and then a chain reaction has begun. Writing provides an avenue for individuality and expression. Just based off of personal experience I understand that writing can help anyone cope with their emotions and channel them into a positive platform. Mrs. Williamson took a little boy who was acting out from frustration to a college student writing a self-expressive English paper.
Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was a little child. I grew up as a normal child should grow and eventually I had to start learning for me to fit in society. My literacy started many years ago, after I knew how to talk and communicate with people. Reading my alphabet was quite stressful and I had to be given a hand by my family members. I remember my parents reading with me and it was the most meaningful and memorable way to spend time with me.
Through the character of a 13-year-old boy, Twain shows how vulnerable Huck is to fall into the societal norm of thinking. Throughout the novel it is crucial to remember that whites at this time did not recognize black slaves as humans, but rather as property. By the way Huck was raised, he sees Jim as a black slave who can’t think for himself and has a very small range of emotions. In one instance in the book when Huck and Jim are stuck on the raft together, Jim starts talking enthusiastically about gaining his freedom and traveling back up the river to “steal” his family back. When Huck hears Jim’s excitement for what Huck knows is breaking a law, he immediately falls back into the learned mindset he was raised to believe: “Saying he would steal his children—children that belonged to a man I didn’t know; a man that hadn’t ever done me no harm” (95).
However, the blacks were struggling for equality and their acceptance as free individuals, They were not taken seriously and were still segregated from the whites. Although they were free, the south still had a negative view upon the black population and maintained their hatred towards them. Twain wrote this book in the sense of being in the past and showing how the blacks were treated throughout slavery. Twain utilized his knowledge of the past and created a novel based upon a runaway boy and an escaping slave. Huckleberry Finn (the boy) and Jim (the slave) both escaped from society and traveled amuck down the river.
His poignant speeches raised the ire of many Northerners, yet many still felt the slaves deserved their position in life. Douglass, for his own safety, was urged to travel to England where he stayed and spoke until 1847 when he returned to the U.S. to buy his freedom. At that point, he began to write and distribute an anti-slavery newspaper called "The North Star". Not only did he present news to the slaves, but it was also highly regarded as a good source of information for those opposed to slavery. During the Civil war, Doug... ... middle of paper ... ...thony]" (49).
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn highlights and portrays the cruelty of racism that surrounded the south in Pre-Civil War America; the racism depicted in the book still to this day receives uproar of controversy and criticism. Mark Twain’s ideas for his books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and many others, came from his own experiences. Mark Twain was originally born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Missouri. At the age of four, he moved to a small town called Hannibal, located on the Mississippi River, which was a major focal point in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. In 1847 Samuel’s father suddenly died which sent the whole family into money crisis.
Despite the many ways to prevent little or no education, for slaves in the south, education was a major role in the abolition of slavery and someone like Frederick Douglass used the education that he taught himself, to teach others and come out from a slave to a free man. In chapter one of the narrative, Douglass explains that his master separated him from his mother soon after his birth. This separation ensured that Douglass did not develop familial feelings towards his mother. Douglass devotes large parts of his narrative to demonstrating how a slave is “made” beginning at birth. He gave details how slaveholders first remove a child from his immediate family, and how that destroys a child’s support network and sense of personal history.
Since they had joined the abolitionist movement. Frederik Douglass searched for his freedom and escaped his slave masters corrupt plantation when he was 20 years old. Although he successfully escaped to the north, he faced challenges by debating on who to trust, finding a place to stay and escaping from slaveholders. Although, he meets abolitionist and shares his story about his experience as a slave in the south. It created an awakening for slaves since he was one of the first slaves that wrote a biography of his life even though slaves were expected to be uneducated.
He moved down South to get closer to the racial tensions in America and get inspired. That is when he decided to write another one of his best sellers, The Fire Next Time, this novel showed the readers what it was like to live as an African American. As it also offered the White race a view of themselves through the eyes of an African American. This was one of his most powerful novels, selling over one million copies and making the best sellers list; alongside Nobody Knows My Name. Shortly after Baldwin moved back into the United States, he was a huge hit with still a ton of inspiration inside of him and more he wanted to say about America and slavery; he was even on the cover of Time Magazine