This book goes back in time and discusses the harsh laws against blacks. The plot could also be seen as a sort of ironic twist on the notion of freedom. Baldwin may or may not have know that, but he sure used repetition of a phrase in his essay. Baldwin carries the reader through? Ironically, nineteen years before this disaster, three astronauts were tragically lost in an accident on the ground. He feels so threatened by them, by what he has been told in many different ways that they will do to him, that he kills their precious daughter.
When she recognized that that separation was wrong, she set about trying to find ways to heal the hurt of that false divide. Race relations have been an ongoing problem in the United States for many years now. Baldwin also realizes and comes to terms with many things during that time period. He was living, only as he knew how, and as we have forced him to live. Baldwin's relationship with his father is very similar to most father-son relationships but the effect of racial discrimination on the lives of both, the father and the son makes it distinctive.
In the essay Baldwin recalls a time where he was at a diner in New Jersey and he and his friend were treated with hate. He uses them to relate Bigger and society to other parts of life. This personal connection gives the essay an extremely close-knit feeling, similar to a story told by friends around a campfire. Crush them, beat them up, kill them. Baldwin has a great friend. He does not come to see the extent of his wrong against the two women he kills. When he is called upon to help a white woman, he kills her in fear of being seen to confirm the stereotype that says he lusts after her uncontrollably.
I would say that this book is almost like the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, when it gets into the trail portion of the novel and both of these novels talk about racial inequality. He tries to play the authority figures of his life against each other, but inevitably fails. This is not something a black person would be asked back in the day. But a leader of a nation has to address all of his subjects, which requires that leader to be able to speak eloquently in a dramatic political context. He understands that he presumed too much, asked too much familiarity with Bigger, and simplistically believed that no repercussion would ensue from violating the taboo against contact between European-Americans and African-Americans. As the essay ebbs and flows from narrative into argument, the reader hardly knows the tide has changed. These conflicts of emotion illustrate the extent to which racism alienates Baldwin from himself and causes him to lose control of his actions.
Like everything else in our culture, the hatred toward black people had roots somewhere in our history, and escalated from there. New York: Library of America, 1998. He has a clear conscience, however, because he donates huge sums of money to the same group of people. She expects him to fail her. His attitude going into the diner was cocky and self-righteous, but after he got shut down, something inside of him snapped.
Baldwin aims to tell a story, yet every so often throughout? He uses them to relate Bigger and society to other parts of life. The essays that comprise Notes of a Native Son range over many genres. His purpose is to convince that public as well as the judge that Bigger's violent nature is spawned from the oppressive society that keeps him and other African Americans in constant fear and poverty. He said he waited and waited and eventually a white waitress came to serve him, however, since she was white he did not like her at all. The loud ring the alarm clock gives off serves as a wake-up call Wright wants his audience to hear.
Baldwin said that he had contracted a blind fever, which I believe that the blind fever was a metaphorical way of describing the emotional build-up of the treatment he received as a black man. Either way, it took an extensive amount of self-control to not surrender to the rage. This also shows that Mr. Due to Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Indonesia, Lee was forced to flee to the United States in 1964. Baldwin thus conveys the way in which trauma is passed through generations, even between people who—like Baldwin and his father—have very different experiences and dispositions. Knowing that these things have happened to him, it gives him credibility and creates a very large sense of ethos to his readers. This is very important to address because everyone has hatred within them in their own unique way.
When he encounters European Americans who want to give him a good job and a spacious and clean room with plenty to eat, he has already been damaged by the deprivation of twenty years of life in utter poverty. Certainly one can say that life is jumpy, if not completely unpredictable. The nature of his environment facilitated his rebellious behavior and an ill-fated circumstance with a wealthy white woman, led to his ultimate demise. The blind spot of the novel is in its inability to see the gender politics at play in the didactic lesson outlined above. When he is in jail and physically constrained, he feels the freest. In other essays, Baldwin wears the hat of the critic.
When he encounters a friendly and kind white family, he feels shame at his skin color, his inarticulateness, and his lack of social manners. When two whites treat him as a friend instead of as a scorned, but pitied servant, he hates them. A great rhetoric calls people to action and Abraham. A rumor circulated that the black man was shot in the back while defending the honor of a black woman, although Baldwin is not certain that this is actually what happened. It can be used for good, or it can be used for bad.