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Black Boy- Analytical Qs and A's

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Mira Kovacova March 10, 2010 Fritz 1st Black Boy- Analytical Q?s Chapter One- 2. When the white man beats the black boy, Richard takes a whole new outlook on white people. Before, Richard did realize that white people?s skin is lighter, but he didn?t see any difference the race of black and white people besides that. Now, when the white man beat the black boy, Richard grew curious, asking many questions: ?Then why did the white man whip the black boy?? (Wright 24). In response, mom told Richard that he was too young to fully understand, which only ended in him choosing to stop roaming the streets so he wasn?t ever going to be the one who gets beaten. Richard first thought that the black man beating the white boy was his father, for beating was only a parental punishment: ?I felt the ?white? man had the right to beat the black boy, for I naively assumed he was the ?black? boy?s father. Richard was puzzled beyond belief when he found out this was not true. ...read more.


He is selfish and prioritizes his needs. He does not get along with the family. Richard is living in constant fear of his father. Richard believed his father was very authoritative and that he says many things, all of which should not be said. When the Wright?s stumble upon a kitten, the cat soon starts making too much noise and loosing his temper, Richards father said to ?kill that damn thing? (11). Richard takes his words literally and goes ahead with the killing of the animal. When Richard?s father found out he had taken his words literally, that was Richards first triumph over his father. He now could not punish his without risking his authority. MK Chapter Two- 6. Richard?s Granny is black, but she acts like a white person. Granny has a history of a black female. She and her family were slaves and their slave masters gave their names to them. Granny just married into a white family, Irish, and therefore was picking up their customs. ...read more.


9. Throughout the anaphora on pages seven and eight, Richard is listing the simple, little personal delights he gets from the things he does in every day life. This is after Richard almost burned the whole house down in the mini ?curtain? fire. These were the moments of life slowly revealing their coded meanings. On pages 45 and 46, the anaphora is just after Richard told Granny to kiss his behind when she was washing him. The tremendous outcome of Richard?s words caused Ella and Richard to move out of Granny?s house. Richard, though, did not understand why he was beaten simply for saying these things. In these anaphora?s, Richard shows how each experience he has is becoming more and more clear as to its real meaning. He is now listing his experiences. In each, he repeats the things ?that were?. These anaphoras show me that some people live for the details in life and not the final outcome or the big picture. It seems that one small misstep is all it took for Richard to get beaten. Through these anaphoras, Richard portrays the things that bring joy to him in his forced lifestyle. ...read more.

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