The New Man

Having an open point of view for the world can open many doors for us in order to accomplish our goals even if times are difficult. The author Richard Wright in his biography, The Library Card, describes his life during the difficult Jim Crow era and how his unwavering charisma helped him survive those times.  Throughout the story Wright is an openminded person, he tries to find a solution for everything carefully and has a strong desire to learn. Having an open point of view for the world can open many doors for us in order to accomplish our goals even if times are difficult. The author Richard Wright in his biography, The Library Card, describes his life during the difficult Jim Crow era and how his unwavering charisma helped him survive those times.  Throughout the story Wright is an openminded person, he tries to find a solution for everything carefully and has a strong desire to learn. Wright's open thinking brings him to mature throughout different situations. He can learn how to think in different perspectives and have a better view of life. For example, Wright was thinking to himself how he "I gave myself over to each novel without reserve, without trying to criticize it; it was enough for me to see and feel something different." (Wright5). 

Here the main character is expressing his open way of wanting to understand different pictures or images of the world, including trying new activities like reading. Wright begins having a new view of things, which matures his mind. This gives him the ability to put himself in other people's situations. He is open to understanding others as he said he "felt a vague sympathy for him. Had not the South, which had assigned me the role of a non-man, cast at him its hardest words?" (Wright 1). In this passage, Wright is feeling compassionate towards the author of the article he read. His unprejudiced personality allows him to understand and think the way others would or figure out the different solutions and situations at the moment.As Wright grows his way of thinking, problem-solving becomes one of his strengths. Wright finds different strategies in order to accomplish his goals. For instance, he wasn't allowed to check out books because he is African American so he asked a man "I want to ask you a favor," I whispered to him. "What is it?""I want to read. I can't get books from the library.

I wonder if you'd let me use your card?"He looked at me suspiciously."My card is full most of the time," he said."I see," I said and waited, posing my question silently."You're not trying to get me into trouble, are you, boy?" He asked, staring at me."Oh, no sir.""What book do you want?""A book by H. L. Mencken.""Which one?""I don't know. Has he written more than one?""He has written several.""I didn't know that.""What makes you want to read Mencken?""Oh, I just saw his name in the newspaper," I said."It's good of you to want to read," he said. "But you ought to read the right things."I said nothing. Would he want to supervise my reading?"Let me think," he said. "I'll figure out something."I turned from him and he called me back. He stared at me quizzically."Richard, don't mention this to the other white men," he said."I understand," I said.

"I won't say a word."A few days later he called me to him."I've got a card in my wife's name," he said. "Here's mine.""Thank you, sir." (Wright 2). Here in this passage the main character had a problem and finds a solution to his problem by asking for a favor to one man from his job that seemed to be the nicest from the rest. Wright shows that he can solve any difficulty that crosses his way by using secretive ways in order to not get caught, so he freely took books from the library, thanks to the nice work companion. He used many strategies to live his life more easily, like a game of chess he finds ways to win the game but every move must be done carefully. For example, Wright would have to find another solution to not get caught so he said, "Occasionally I glanced up to assure myself that I was alone in the room" (wright 5). Here in this quote, the author is explaining how he would have to find a way not to get caught. Wright would simply look up in order to check if he was clear from any authorities reprimanding him from taking the books. He had already accomplished two tasks without being apprehended. His desire to learn gave him the motivation to find ways to get to the books carefully. 

Having the passion to learn and indulge in new information grows a person. Wright has the love and desire to read and learn more information. For instance, Wright believes in himself and said "I ran across many words whose meanings I did not know, and I either looked them up in a dictionary or, before I had a chance to do that, encountered the word in a context that made it's meaning clear. But what strange world was this? I concluded the book with the conviction that I had somehow overlooked something terribly important in life." (Wright5). The main character is describing his struggles and how he overcame them because of his motivation and love to learn and become a better version of himself.

His love for reading became an obsession and can't get enough of words and understanding. He even said that he felt "everything was something different. Reading was like a drug, a dope." (Wright5). Wright is expressing how much attachment he gets from indulging in literature. Educating himself makes him feel good when he says "Like a drug" he means it in a metaphorical way, he is addicted to learning and he wants more and more. Education brings him strength in his position in society during those times.  Throughout the course of his autobiography, he is showing how much his personality grew because of his way of thinking. Wright's open mind, problem-solving and, yearn for reading and education brings him to a strong and peaceful state of mind. Having a calm and open personality can have great solutions in life.

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