Though never named, Wright’s brother is Wright’s companion in childhood; he is then raised, partially, by Aunt Maggie in Detroit, when Wright’s mother becomes ill. Wright and his brother grow apart during their teenage years, but are reunited in Memphis, and the two of them, along with their mother and Maggie, move to Chicago and the memoir’s end.
Wright’s brother Quotes in Black Boy
The Black Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Wright’s brother or refer to Wright’s brother. 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 3 Quotes
Out of the family conferences it was decided that my brother and I would be separated, that it was too much of a burden for any one aunt or uncle to assume the support of both of us. Where was I to go? Who would take me?
Wright’s brother Character Timeline in Black Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Wright’s brother appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...memoir begins as a four-year-old boy, named Richard Wright—the book’s author and narrator—and his unnamed brother sit quietly in their house in Mississippi. Their mother informs them that they must stay... (full context)
...again and remains in her bed. One night, when Granny is bathing Richard and his brother, Richard asks Granny, without thinking, to “kiss” his backside—a playful jest, he thinks. But Granny... (full context)
...the natural beauties of Jackson, and some of the more peaceful moments he and his brother enjoy with Grandpa and Granny. But Richard’s mother soon takes Richard and his brother aboard... (full context)