We’ve been reading Black Boy, by Richard Wright. Wright’s text is considered autobiographical. An autobiographical novel like this blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction. Wright paints a complex and brutal picture of growing up in the Jim Crow South and “escaping,” to Chicago, yet his text is not restricted to a straight re-telling of facts. He is free to alter names of characters, re-sequence events, exaggerate and omit. Wright’s work is still essentially true because it evokes the true meanings of his experience. In many ways, Black Boy is more true than a mere laundry list of the events and facts of Wright’s life because it involves interpretation, analysis and reflection. As Wright re-tells and reflects upon the events of his life, he’s making meaning!
Your assignment: Write a narrative essay or memoir about a meaningful personal experience.
2-3 pages typed. Double-spaced. Calibri 12pt, Comic Sans 11pt or Times New Roman 12pt.