In Black Boy, isolation is way more complicated than it seems. It even has stages. At first, Richard is forced into isolation. He doesn’t want to be alone, but everyone rejects him. Then, Richard accepts his isolation. Who wants to be friends with people who are so much less awesome than he is? Finally, Richard admits that all he ever wanted was to feel accepted. So here’s the question: is isolation good or bad? Well, as Richard finds out, it can be both.
Even for Richard, being alone is difficult. No matter how much he wishes it weren’t true, he comes to realize that everyone needs friends.
Richard is proof that loneliness and isolation are sometimes necessary in order to achieve remarkable dreams.