Analysis Of ' Darkness ' And `` Darkness ``

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For the purpose of examination, I’m going to look more closely as the section of this vignette starting with “But something deep and powerful…” and ending with “…he’ll know too much too soon about what’s going to happen to him (Baldwin 13),” however the entire memory beginning at the bottom of page 12 and continuing to the bottom of page 13 are relevant in contextualizing and setting the scene for this analysis. The reoccurring theme within this passage is “darkness”, reappearing three times in the highlighted eight sentences, but the reality of it looms over the entire section. The question becomes whether this is referring to a physical darkness, or a more theoretical darkness. And if the latter is the case, what is represented by the…show more content…
Darkness, as presented here, relates to similar concepts presented in Notes of a Native Son and The Man Who Killed a Shadow, by Baldwin and Richard Wright respectively. In The Man Who Killed a Shadow, shadows become a central theme, specifically referring to the power white individuals have over the stories and experiences of black people. Like darkness in Baldwin’s text, shadows are animated, given power over black individuals within Wright’s world. In one example, the narrator claimed that he “felt that the shadows would some day claim him as he had seen them claim others (Wright 188),” promoting the shadows to something with enough influence to extend this sense of danger over others apart from the narrator himself. In other words, the narrator implies that his fear and loathing towards the shadows isn’t individualistic, but shared, and potentially universal among those who claim a similar racial identity as him. Additionally, within another one of Baldwin’s own short stories, Notes of a Native Son presents a combined concept of disease and bitterness to represent the struggles faced by a black, male narrator. Here the disease created a sort of blind rage, a hot bitterness against a system that denied the narrator equal opportunities because of his identity. Baldwin states that “once this disease is contracted, one can never be really carefree again, for the fever, without an

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