I played he says, "but now I began to wake up at night to find hunger standing at my bedside, staring at me gauntly" (1.1.156). Heres something kind of noteworthy: Richard stops being hungry exactly two times as a child. It is a grim record, disturbing, the story of how - in one boy's life - the seeds of hate and distrust and race riots were planted.
Hunger in, black Boy, shmoop
Black Boy: Poverty
Perhaps this will force home unpalatable facts of a submerged minority, a problem far from being faced. It directed my loyalties to the side of men in rebellion; it made me love talk that sought answers to questions that could help nobody, that could only keep alive in me that enthralling sense of wonder and awe in the face of the drama. So, since Wright is a smart kind of guy, you can probably guess that the "hunger" hes talking about is not exactly literal. Simon, he goes on to say that "the woman killed something" in him (1.1.290). Put on your fancy pants, Shmoopers, because its about to get literary up in here. But the first kind of hunger that Richard feels is totally, deathly literal. Think about that next time that you complain on Facebook about how youre starving. He doesnt want other people to know that he is hungry. It is an unfinished story of a problem that has still to be met. But this isnt the good kind of not being hungry. And yet it rings true. Sure, sometimes we want to shake him and tell him just to take the stupid sandwich already.