Black Boy

             In Richard Wright’s autobiographical novel, Black Boy, Richard’s success in life as an African American, growing up in the South, is due to his morals and the strong support of his family. Initially, Richard’s morals prevents him from making poor choices in life. Secondly, the support of Richard’s family enables him to succeed in the South. Morals and family support help Richard accomplish many things in his life.
             To begin with, Richard’s morals help him to make the right choices while living in the South. Richard is against stealing even when he knew that all his friends were stealing. While thinking of ways to make money Richard realized that almost everyone he knew is stealing things and he has “[...] never stolen a penny from anyone. Even hunger had never driven [Richard] to appropriate what was not [Richard] own. The mere idea of stealing had been repugnant” (199). One of Richard’s most important morals is about stealing. His strong opposition to stealing makes people comfortable around him. Secondly, Richard likes to do things himself instead of depending on others for his needs. After moving into another house Bess, the daughter of the person Richard is living with, invites him to eat with them: “You can eat with us anytime you like, Bess said. Thanks, [Richard] said. But I couldn’t do that. How come? Bess asked. We got plenty. I know. But a man ought to pay his own way” (211). This shows that Richard is capable of taking care of himself. This attitude helps him in life by getting him ready to be an independent person. Finally, Richard is honest and does not lie. When thinking about his life he realized that, “ [...] being dishonest had never occurred to [Richard]“ (199). His reputation of being honest makes people trust him. This moral allows him to keep jobs that he has. These morals help Richard many times in his life and are very important to his success in the south.

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