Are there any songs which represent the themes for Richard Wright's Black Boy?For Black Boy by: Richard Wright

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I have always loved assignments like this. They allow readers to truly examine the novel. Songs really speak to everyone and using them to relate to a novel helps understanding.

The themes of Richard Wright's Black Boy are Prejudice/Tolerance, Race/Racism, Meaning of life, and Individualism. Therefore, one really has a lot to work with in regard to songs which speak to the same ideas.

Race and Racism:

"Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke.

"Where is Home" by Bloc Party.

"Trouble Every Day" by Frank Zappa.

Tolerence:

"Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone.

"Every Kinda People" by Robert Palmer.

Meaning of life:

"Let Me Die in My Footsteps" by Bob Dylan.

"The Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics.

Individualism:

"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.

"My Best Theory" by Jimmy Eat World.

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