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Beyond this, Black Boy is a story about a life-long struggle with hunger.
Wright suffers from hunger his entire life, not only for food but also for acceptance, love, and an understanding of the world around him; but most importantly, Wright possesses an insatiable hunger for knowledge.
"I longed to be among them, yet when with them I looked at them as if they were a million miles away.
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I had been kept out of their world too long to ever be able to become a real part of it." (151) This hunger for acceptance agitates his hunger for understanding, since it exaggerates his inability to understand why he is unable to fit in anywhere.The autobiography Black Boy, by Richard Wright, is a tale of hope and determination.It catalogues Wright’s life growing up as an African-American in Jim Crow South, depicting the economic and social struggles that were stereotypical for African-Americans at the time.In fact, the majority of their interactions are the exact opposite of this.The adults in his family often argued with him, and prefer to have as little contact with him as possible.A large part of why Wright could not understand his peers was his inability to understand the racial gap between blacks and whites.Even as a young boy at the age of six, Wright's hunger for understanding this aspect of his life is prevalent.He explains by saying: "I wanted to understand these two sets of people who lived side by side and never touched, except in violence"(47).He questions the adults around him, asking them about the racial inequalities he sees and why they have come to be, but is never able to receive any answers.She punishes him at school, and then tries to punish him a second time at home when she finds out that he really did not left the shells there but would not tell her who had.The altercation resulted in Aunt Addie refusing to speak to Wright, to which he responded: "I was conscious that she had descended to my emotional level in order to rule me, and my respect for her sank"(Wright, 110).