What is the meaning of "hunger" in Richard Wright's autobiography "Black Boy?" For what is Richard "hungry"? Which title do you think is better and why?

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The hunger felt by Richard is both literal and metaphorical. Taken literally the hunger felt by Richard signifies his family's poverty and deprived social condition. While staying with Granny in Ch. 4, for example, Richard writes the "once again" he knew hunger "biting hunger, hunger that made my body aimlessly restless, hunger that kept me on the edge, that made my temper flare ...". He then goes on to tell that every time he had a nickel he would go to the local grocery store and buy a box of vanilla wafers. He would eat them alone without sharing them with his family.

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