Black Boy

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Books symbolize a great deal of the memoir’s most important ideas. Books provide an imaginative escape for Richard, whose life is lived in grinding poverty and amid terrible racial suppression and violence. They allow… (read full symbol analysis)
In many ways the opposite of the symbol of books—the means by which Richard is liberated—is the switch, used for the beatings that make Richard’s life in the South so terrible. Although Richard lives in… (read full symbol analysis)