An Analysis of Existentialism in Richard Wright’s Novel the Outsider


Dr. K.Velmurugan, M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
Department of English, University College of Engineering, Panruti A Constituent College of Anna University, Chennai, India.


Why were some people fated, like Job, to live a never-ending debate between themselves and their sense of what they believed life should be’? (Wright 24). This question posed by protagonist Cross Damon in Richard Wright’s novel The Outsider (1953). It illustrates his alienated position from society and his feeling that he has lost his control of his life; this is a representation of the segregated position of the African American.