Hunger In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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Throughout the novel, “Black Boy”, the author, Richard Wright, repeats the motif of hunger. At the beginning of the book, when Richard’s hunger is more towards food. He faces this challenge by eating as much as he can when his mom provides it and complains to is mom about his hunger to try to get more food. He is relying on some adult to supply with him food, whether it’s his mom or dad or granny and uncle. When his hunger is for knowledge, he pesters to adults he knows to get more information out of them. As Richard’s grows up, he takes a new approach to fulfilling this hunger. He sneaks books to read and learns words from kids at school. Overtime, Richard learns to do more things on his own and in a trickier manner. One of the hunger motifs