Black Boy by Richard Wright and A Brief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South

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Compare the two texts an extract from Black Boy by Richard Wright and A Brief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South for:

1) Tone

2) Use of Language (Style)

3) Register (Degree of Formality or Informality)

Black Boy by Richard Wright is a personal recountive piece while ABrief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South a piece ofexpository writing.

In Black Boy, the narrator recalls and describes 2 incidents thatoccurred on the same day which impacted his life and let him betterunderstand the Whites’ thoughts and how to react to them. The purposeof the author is to let the reader understand situations that went onat that time from the first-person point of view such that the readercan comprehend the severity of the problem, and gives a few insights.On the other hand, A Brief Introduction To The History Of The DeepSouth illustrates briefly how Black slavery began and progressed inthe South. The purpose of the author is probably to inform the readeron how racism progressed on a whole as a whole area, the south, ratherthan to show real life situations that went on within the community.

In Black Boy, the tone is rather dissatisfied and has hints ofcomplaints, such as in “My face must have reflected my silent anger,for the boss slapped me reassuringly on the back.” In this passagesome disgust of the narrator is also shown through even the eclipsesright after ‘ “Here have a cigarette,” he said.’ However, in A BriefIntroduction To The History Of The Deep South, the tone isa-matter-of-factly as the narrator is merely presenting a set ofhistorical facts, with little bias or emotion, such as in “TheSoutherners got very rich from these plantation farms making lots ofmoney.” In a way it becomes a more reciting tone as the history of theDeep South is reported.

In Black Boy, words, especially adjectives and adverbs are used tocolour the writing, such as in “every fleeting expression” and “hot,dusty road”. However, in A Brief Introduction To The History Of TheDeep South, adjectives and adverbs are used for precision ofinformation, as shown in “ruined plantation” and “brutal system”.Another case would be “The Yankie Northerners beat the Southerners andburnt and destroyed many of their beautiful big plantation houses”,where “beautiful” is used not so much to colour the writing but toshow the massive contrast of before and after.

Black Boy is rather informal, as the narrator tells you the events ofa day in his life.