Black boy hunger

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Have you ever experienced real hunger? The kinds of hungers that

Richard experiences in Black Boy are not evident in the society where you

and I reside. The present middle class citizens cannot really relate to

true physical hunger. Hunger for most of us is when there is nothing that

we desire to eat around the house and therefore skip one meal. This cannot

even compare to the days that Richard endures without food. Physical

hunger, however, is not the only hunger apparent in Richard's life.

Richard suffers from emotional and educational hungers as well. He yearns

for such things as mere association with others and simple books to read.

Both of which are things that most people take for granted. This

efficacious autobiography, Black Boy, by Richard Wright manifests what it

is like to desire such simple paraphernalia.

From a very early age and for much of his life thereafter, Richard

experiences chronic physical hunger. "Hunger stole upon me slowly that at

first I was not aware of what hunger really meant. Hunger had always been

more or less at my elbow when I played, but now I began to wake up at night

to find hunger standing at my bedside, staring at me gauntly" (16). Soon

after the disappearance of Richard's father

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