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Desire for Individuality.

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\ Desire for Individuality Different. That's what individuality is. A person trying to distinguish himself from others that's what individuality is all about. In the excerpt "Black Boy" by Richard Wright and "Coming of Age in Mississippi" by Anne Moody, Wright and Moody tried very hard to achieve individuality. Wright and Moody both had personal experience with people trying to deprive them of their freedom to be themselves and say what they wanted to say or act the way they wanted. Both writers had to deal with racial issues, negative families and their communities trying to deprive them creating an individualistic view for themselves by telling them to do things the way everyone else did without asking questions. Wright and Moody resist influences from authorities and family to achieve their goal of individuality. Both Moody and Wright wanted to be individualistic in their decision-making and attitude towards life. They both wanted to shape their thought processes without any external influence from parents. Let's take a look at how Wright trying to achieve individuality. He wanted to write but was criticized by his mum, uncle and grandmother. ...read more.


He asked questions that everyone else was afraid to ask like why the white and blacks hated each other very much and why it was considered wrong to ask questions. Wrights family never believed in him and he was never appreciated. Even his friends did not believe in his writing ability. Although his critics angered him, he did not give up in his efforts to be a sound writer. He dreamed of going up north to continue his writing. . He fought harder to ensure what people felt or thought about him and his writing ability did not bog him down. Wright created an identity for himself by believing in himself and making an effort not to get discouraged and keep on working to achieve his goal. This enabled him to work harder and write and ask the questions people were afraid to ask or even talk about. Like Wright, Moody also tried to create her own identity but was also faced with oppositions from family. Every time she asked about issues going on in the community her mother lied to her, or told her not to talk about it. ...read more.


Burke was trying to tell her to be like every other black person who obey rules and not challenge the authority. Mrs. Burke tries to instilled fear in moody but this did not prevent moody from achieving her potential of being individualistic in her views. Moody went on to the only positive source she knew her teacher Mrs. Rice to seek about Racism and the NAACP. She learns about the importance of the NAACP and their fight for equality among blacks and whites and this helped to shape her views on life. In Conclusion, Anne Moody and Richard Wright were two kids growing up with a goal of creating an identity for them selves. Although they both grew up in different decades they both shared a common goal of individualism. They both wanted to have an individualistic view about life without external influence from family and community. They both tried hard not to be like everyone else but were faced with family opposing their abilities to ask questions and say what they wanted. Although negativities arose, both writers were able to resist their oppositions and this played a very important role in their achievement of individualism. 1 ...read more.

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