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The Man Who Lived Underground

by Richard Wright

Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
January 1st 2007

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Our Summary of The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright

Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is the story of the activities of an unnamed fugitive hiding from the police. Wright begins the work with the unnamed man tired of running; but to keep from being arrested, he continues to run. He searches for another place to hide and comes across a manhole; he enters it almost killing himself. His journey takes him to a dirt cave where he hears people singing church hymns. The man continues to walk through the water, coming across a dead baby. The sight of the baby causes him to reflect upon his guilt. Throughout the rest of 'The Man Who Lived Underground,' the unnamed man digs his way into undertaker's office, a furnace room, and a grocery store. He is mistaken for a worker when a white couple enters the store. Fear enters the storyline when the man sees himself in headlines and retreats to his home underground. By the end of the story, we learn of the man's name, which is Fred Daniels. He returns above ground and confesses all that he has learned underneath. As he returns back to the manhole, the policemen shoot him. He becomes like the dead baby he finds.

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