Granny’s youngest daughter, and Wright’s mother’s sister. Addie is also sternly religious, and runs the Christian school that Wright attends in Jackson. Addie attempts to discipline Wright early in the memoir for dropping walnut shells in class, but Wright is innocent and maintains his innocence, ultimately threatening Addie. Addie then spends much of the rest of the memoir ignoring Wright and considering him a “plague.”
Aunt Addie Quotes in Black Boy
The Black Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Aunt Addie or refer to Aunt Addie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Black Boy published in 2015.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
You’re just mad at me for something!
Don’t tell me I’m mad!
You’re too mad to believe anything I say.
Don’t speak to me like that!
Then how can I talk to you? You beat me for throwing walnuts on the floor! But I didn’t do it!
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Aunt Addie Character Timeline in Black Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Addie appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...(from Chicago); Uncles Clark, Edward, and Thomas from Mississippi; Uncle Charles from Mobile; and Aunt Addie from Huntsville. Richard begins sleepwalking at night out of anxiety for his mother’s condition, and... (full context)
...is an extreme adherent to the doctrines of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Her youngest daughter Addie (Aunt Addie) returns from Alabama to Jackson to teach in the church’s religious school, which... (full context)