Black Boy Chapter 5

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Black Boy Chapter 5

  1. 1. Black Boy Chapter 5
  2. 2. <ul><li>Granny and Addie decide that Richard is lost to the world and finally give up the effort to save his soul. </li></ul><ul><li>This means that the two women grow cold and hostile toward him, but it also means that he can leave Addie’s religious school for a public school. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Granny refuses to pay for Richard’s public school textbooks because she considers them worldly. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Although he is enrolled in fifth grade, two years behind his age, he quickly gets promoted to sixth. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Feeling like he can do anything in the world, he dreams of being a doctor and decides to get a job. </li></ul><ul><li>However, Granny will not allow him to work on holy Saturday, and no job will allow him that day off. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Bored and frustrated, he wanders around town, giving up his noontime meal to explore even though he is starving. </li></ul><ul><li>One of his schoolmates alerts him of a job delivering newspapers, which both of them appreciate since the paper carries a pulp story section. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>He sells the papers for a little while, until a man calls him aside. The man asks Richard if he has read the paper itself, and he answers no. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>It turns out that the paper is produced by Ku Klux Klan sympathizers. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I said to myself, that boy just doesn't know what he's doing,&quot; the man tells him. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In the summer, he takes a job that he enjoys, as an assistant to an insurance salesman. </li></ul><ul><li>They travel into the Delta country and to plantations where Richard measures himself against the poor, illiterate children there. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>They look up to him as one who is &quot;city-fied,&quot; successful, and admirable. </li></ul><ul><li>It's a new experience for him; to be treated as a model for others. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>And for once he gets plenty to eat. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>He wants to continue the job, but his employer dies, another in a series of letdowns. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>One morning, Richard learns that Grandpa is seriously ill. </li></ul><ul><li>A Union veteran of the Civil War, Grandpa has been deprived of his pension due to a simple clerical error in his benefits application. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>One rumor has it that a white Southern officer deliberately made this error to deprive Grandpa of his due. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Grandpa has tried to claim his pension for decades, but the War Department never accepts the evidence he submits to prove that he did in fact fight in the Civil War. </li></ul><ul><li>Eternally bitter at this injustice, Grandpa has remained cold and distant to everyone, including Richard. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>When Grandpa dies, the family sends Richard to report the news to his uncle Tom, who now lives nearby. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard wakes Tom and immediately blurts out that Grandpa has died. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Tom takes offense at the indelicate way Richard reports his father’s death, causing Richard to wonder why he never seems to be able to please other people. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Richard is not invited to the funeral. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Eventually, Richard’s clothes grow so shabby that he is embarrassed to wear them to school. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>He forces Granny to let him work on Saturdays by threatening to move out, calling her bluff. </li></ul><ul><li>Only his mother is pleased, “Now I was truly dead to Granny and Aunt Addie, but my mother smiled when I told her that I had defied them. </li></ul><ul><li>She rose and hobbled to me on her paralytic legs and kissed me” </li></ul>

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