From PART ONE ONLY, how does discipline and focus fit into Richard's internal world, or the life he wants in Black Boy?In Part One of Black Boy, Wright overcomes many obstacles, many of which are...

From PART ONE ONLY, how does discipline and focus fit into Richard's internal world, or the life he wants in Black Boy?

In Part One of Black Boy, Wright overcomes many obstacles, many of which are unsuccessful.

I must rewrite an essay in which I connect my idea for an internal world--discipline, focus, etc.--and explain how that fits into Wright's description of his world.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Much like the existential characters of the writings of the French Existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Richard Wright's Black Boy as he seeks to find a meaningful existence as an individual.  The driving force in Wright's life is expressed in his symbol of fire and his metaphor of hunger for knowledge and recognition which is compared to his physical hunger that also is never satisfied as he seeks to "wring a meaning out of meaningless suffering."

The fire in Wright's soul is the driving force in his life:  his drive to find meaning in his life pushes him to explore places such as saloons and to read and to express himself in writing.  Anything that impedes Richad's self-expression and growth is perceived by him as a force against which he must struggle.  For instance, his Uncle Tom's attitudes are anathema to Richard as are his grandmother's adherence to ignorance and blind religious faith.  The principal of his school's insistence that Richard read the speech prepared by him is repugnant to the valedictorian who insists upon giving his own address. In short, Richard resists conformity to Jim Crow, conformity to religion; he seeks purpose in his life as an escape from the fire of violence in his childhood and finds a safer fire in the burning desire for knowledge and self-expression. 

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xparamorex | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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The book I’ve connected this to is Black Boy by Richard Wright. In his book, Wright describes in full detail his life as he remembered it. In my view, he struggled with the discipline in his internal world. It was mentioned, or infered, that Wright wanted to become a writer. However, he was unsuccesful because no one truly believed that he had the talent, or education to become as he wanted. He was lacking focus somewhat because even though he had his goal in mind, he did not take the time to reach his goal, focusing on what he wanted to do and go for that. As for the discipline, he needed to learn where to go and why to help with what he wanted.

This is what I came up with. If you need to see the rest of my essay, let me know. I need someone to review and tell me what I am missing, or if there are any obvious errors. Please and thank you.

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