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Black Boy Characters & Character Analysis

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Characters

Mrs. Bibbs

Mrs. Bibbs, like most white characters in the novel, represents one facet of the oppressive society that confronts Richard from birth. In this case, she articulates the white assumption that blacks are inherently suited to menial labor. Therefore, when she hires Richard to do chores around her house, she is astounded to learn that Richard cannot milk a cow.

Mr. Crane

In the novel, Mr. Crane stands for the liberal whites who are well-meaning, but ultimately too weak to stand up to the prevailing racism of their society. Mr. Crane is a Yankee business man who owns an optical company in Jackson and he wants to take on a black boy with the enlightened notion of teaching him the trade of optics. Richard shows promise because of his algebraic skill, so Crane hires him as shop boy, saying that he will gradually learn the trade. Unfortunately, Crane's...

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