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, he begins to notice constant.
starvation. This often reappears in his ensuing life. The type of hunger.
that Richard describes is worse than one who has not experienced chronic.
hunger can even imagine. "Once again I knew hunger, biting hunger, hunger.
that made my body aimlessly restless, hunger that kept me on edge, that.
made my temper flare, that made my temper flare, hunger that made hate.
leap out of my heart like the dart of a serpent's tongue, hunger that.
created in me odd cravings" (119). Because hunger has always been a part.
of Richard's lifestyle, he cannot even imagine eating meat every day.
This simple privilege would be a miracle to him, yet to most it is nothing.
These weakening and piercing hungers are frequently evident where poverty.