Richard Wright Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Richard Wright
A literary analysis of three works by author Richard Wright.
# 62698 | 1,264 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 10, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper analyzes Richard Wright's biography, literary influences and artistic goals and purposes. I also looks at critical responses to three of his best-known works, his novels "Black Boy" and "Native Son" and his short story "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." It looks at how Richard Wright is artistically concerned with describing the black American male's struggles toward dignity and authenticity, in a world that actively discourages his realization of those cherished ideals.

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"As a young man growing up in Mississippi, Richard Wright was influenced artistically and politically by various literary works he read. According to "Richard Wright Biography", "In 1927, Richard read H. L. Mencken, and from Mencken, Wright learned about and read Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Frank Harris, and others." The works of these authors in particular fueled Richard Wright's determination to become an author himself. Wright was also part of the "Lost Generation" of American post-World War I writers, like Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson and others (many of whom also influenced him and his work) ("Richard Wright 1908-1960")."

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