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Black Boy Literary Essay

In the novel Black Boy the author and protagonist Richard Wright explores his life and a time line of events. The setting takes place in the south and the characters deal with issues that range from racism to problems in their very own household. During these trials, the characters display a variety of moods the express the way that they feel. These moods are grammatical. They also deal with verbal units and the speaker's attitude. Through out Black Boy, Wright uses indicative, subjunctive and imperative moods.
In the very beginning Wright's characters show both indicative and imperative moods. Wright is a young curious boy who is debating with his brother if he should set his grandmother's curtains on fire. As he argues with his brother he can picture the flames rising in his head. Just as Wright is about to set the curtains aflame his brother says, "Don't do that, you'll set the house on fire."(Pg. 4). His brother was commanding and informing him not to set the curtains on fire. This is proof his brother was in both imperative and indicative moods. Although his brother tells him not to he sets the curtains on fire and puts everyone in the house in great danger.
As a result of him putting the house on fire, Wright hides under the house. Everyone gets out of the house and realizes that Wright is missing. They look everywhere for him. Finally his father finds him hiding under the house and immediately orders him to come out from under it. "Come here boy!" says his father with great aggravation. "No lemme lone!" Wright replies. (Pg. 6). His father was showing a imperative mood meaning he was commanding Wright to come out. Then his father pulls him from under the house and his mother teach him a lesson by beating him which eventually makes him pass out.
Later on in the book Wright, along with his mother, brother, and aunt travel to his grandmothe


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