Richard Wright's "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"
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This paper begins by providing a brief biography of Richard Wright, explaining his background and upbringing in order to examine how this influenced his style of writing and the contents of his work. It looks at the literary style of the story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" and discusses how this analysis helps one completely understand the story.
From the Paper:"Richard Wright was one of the greatest African American writers; he was also the first African American to have produced one of the famous novel of racism and its psychological affect on the individuals in his masterpiece "Native Son". Born in 1908 in Mississippi, Wright father left the family when he was only six years old and when he was ten his mother had a paralytic stroke and was unable to work. Wright after a formal education was forced to seek employment in order to support his family. The first half of the twentieth century was a crucial period for the African Americans, the discrimination against them had taken a different form and shape and there were little jobs available for the black people. Wright worked for a series of menial jobs, he wanted to continue his education by using the local library but the Jim Crow Laws stopped him. He nevertheless solved this problem by forging his notes and pretending that he was collecting books for a white man. Wright in this period read many of the renowned American writers such as H.L. Mencken, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis. After passing a civil service examination Wright became a post office clerk but soon after the Wall Street Crash and the Depression this job was lost too. After a series of temporary jobs Wright found a job with the Federal Writers Project, which enabled him to write and publish his work."
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