The book tells the story of an inner city Black youth, Cedric Jennings, who against all odds rises to attend an Ivy League university. Looking back to the plethora of emotions that I felt while reading the book there were two main issues that were interwoven in this story and that constantly stood out to me.
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The main theme of the novel - the importance of making correct life choices when defining one's identity - is all about such lessons. The specific decisions Cedric makes are detailed further in this section; for now it suffices to say that as a bildungsroman, A Hope in the Unseen follows Cedric in his crucial years of growth by tracking the decisions he made, right and wrong, towards academic achievement and emotional maturity.
His stumbles are examined in as much detail as his successes, as Cedric tries to learn from what he did wrong and not repeat the same mistakes. Thematically, Cedric's decisions to combat adversity aren't the only ones we witness.
The choices made by other people in the book are often contrasted against those of Cedric's, often as a counterpoint to the decisions he makes for himself. The most obvious example is Cedric's father, Cedric Gilliam, who despite his college-level education makes poor choices that land him in prison and keep him estranged from his son.
It is only when Gilliam starts making correct choices that he is able to not only correct his own life, but have a productive bond with Cedric Junior. Cedric's mother Barbara Jennings also The theme of education is played out as a series of learned mistakes.
That is, Cedric has to learn for himself the consequences of certain actions he chooses as a student, but benefits from those lessons as he continues moving forward. The first important stumble is his enrollment in the MIT summer program:The Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, is pleased to launch One Maryland One Book—the first-ever statewide community.
Reflections on A Hope in the Unseen “People say I changed And I tell them that I’m glad, cause I don’t wanna stay the same Cedric Jennings, who against all odds rises to attend an Ivy League university. The first was what I like to call “ghetto voyeurism” and the second was the underlying theme of community that helped and.
A Hope in the Unseen by Richard Wright is a phenomenal novel which depicts a young Cedric Jennings in his last years of high school.
Cedric Jennings is a young African American male who struggles to become a victorious success later on in his life/5(). May 09, · Cultural understanding is the other minor theme of the book, as Cedric often finds himself dealing with people whose backgrounds and frames of reference are quite different from his.
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