Richard Wright Questions and Answers

Richard Wright

The main theme in Richard Wright's novels is racial discrimination and segregation against African Americans. This is also the main theme of his autobiographies and non-fiction writings. He is...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 3:23 am UTC

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Richard Wright

The scene where Richard kills the kitten serves mostly to introduce the conflict between characters, Richard and his father. Trying to sleep so he can rest up for his job as a night porter, his...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 1:14 am UTC

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Richard Wright

On the most basic level, Wright's "transgression" is the mere act of wishing to take out books from a library in the Jim Crow South. Though Mr. Falk agrees to let him use his library card, Wright...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 5:26 am UTC

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Richard Wright

Richard Wright’s “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” doesn’t explicitly deal with race, but as with all of Wright’s work, it is important to view Dave’s story through the lens of a racial experience....

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018 6:42 pm UTC

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Richard Wright

In his review of Eight Men, the collection of short-stories where "The Man Who Saw the Flood" was published, James Baldwin wrote that the story reminded him not so much of the 1930s or African...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 5:34 pm UTC

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Masculinity is at the heart of "The Man Who Was Almost a Man," a short story by Langston Hughes. Dave Saunders, the story's main character, believes that owning a gun will make him a man. Dave...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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This excerpt is from 12 Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States, a collaboration between Richard Wright and Edwin Rosskam to produce an volume combining Wright's...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 11:36 pm UTC

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Two closely related challenges that Richard Wright faced when it came to reading were racial segregation, access to books, and social attitudes that discouraged Black literacy. As he recounts in...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2021 8:09 am UTC

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Richard Wright

Three big questions to answers. Stereotypes are still all around us; they help us to make sense of realities which we don't know directly or that we find threatening. Stereotypes make these groups...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011 8:40 am UTC

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