Richard Wright Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Richard Wright Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Richard Wright’s best work is always the story of one man’s struggle to define himself and by so doing make himself free and responsible, fully human, a character worthy not of pity but of admiration and horror simultaneously. Typically, the character is an outsider, and Wright uses blackness as a representation of that alienation, though his characters are never as interested in defining their blackness as in defining their humanity. Although many characters in Wright’s works are outsiders without being aware of their condition, Wright is never interested in them except as foils. Many of them avoid confronting themselves by fleeing to dreams; religion and liquor are two avoidance mechanisms for Wright’s characters,...

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