Black Boy

Comrade Young Character Analysis

A Communist who moves to Chicago, claiming to be from Detroit. Young is a painter, and Wright, who leads the John Reed Club at this point, welcomes Young into the fold. Later, after Young accuses a fellow Communist of sedition, Wright learns from a letter that the painter is an escaped patient from a mental asylum.

Comrade Young Quotes in Black Boy

The Black Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Comrade Young or refer to Comrade Young. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Black Boy published in 2015.
Chapter 18 Quotes

After the meeting Comrade Young confronted me with a problem. He had no money, he said, and asked if he could sleep temporarily on the club’s premises. Believing him loyal, I gave him permission. Straightway Young became one of the most ardent members of our organization, admired by all. […] No report about Young had come from the Communist party, but since Young seemed a conscientious worker, I did not think the omission serious in any case.

Related Characters: Richard Wright (speaker), Comrade Young
Page Number: 324
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Comrade Young Character Timeline in Black Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Comrade Young appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18
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...mission of the Party in Chicago. Around this time, a young man from Detroit called Comrade Young appears at the Reed Club offices. (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
Movement and Dislocation Theme Icon
Hunger, Illness, and Suffering Theme Icon
Christianity and “Being Saved” Theme Icon
Reading and Writing Theme Icon
Society and the Individual Theme Icon
Comrade Young is a painter. At first, Richard and the other members of the John Reed Club... (full context)