Analysis Of The New Mestiza And James Baldwin 's The Fire Next Time

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An analysis of Gloria Anzaldúa‘s The New Mestiza and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time reveals that humans oppress themselves based on their differences. This is turn prevents them from identifying themselves as part of the human race. In his writings, Baldwin offers a solution to this hurdle that targets the apparent causes of the problem. However, Andalzua’s analysis of human difference reveals a few flaws in Baldwin’s view of the problem as well as his proposed solution to putting an end to human misery and oppression. Andalzua does so by examining Baldwin’s view of power, his view of love as a solution, and his view of the behavior of those who had been oppressive. Unlike Andalzua, Baldwin appears critical of the method of gaining…show more content…
Furthermore, the second part of the passage reveals that the power of whites is so great that is has lead some of the members of the oppressed races to work against their interests to expand the power of humans. This is why oppressed people gaining power seems crucial for Andalzua, unlike Baldwin. Her view would allow us to predict that she would be critical of Baldwin’s dismissal of the struggle by the oppressed to win this power. If the oppressed individuals have no concrete means to combat those that have been mistreating them time after time, they would be completely unable to gain same status as any of their human counterparts. Instead of power and violence, Baldwin suggests love as an approach to solving the human oppression epidemic. For him, this solution would work better than other methods that he had talked about in his books such as the complete separation of Blacks and Whites as advocated by the Nation of Islam. The problem with using violence as retaliation against those who have been oppressive for Baldwin is that it leads to an endless cycle of vengeance which he describes as a “historical vengeance, a cosmic vengeance, based on the law that we recognize when we say “Whatever goes up must come down.” And here we are, at the center of the arc, trapped in the gaudiest, most valuable, and most improbable water wheel the world has ever seen” (Baldwin 105) Therefore, as violence is a never ending cycle that, according to Baldwin, only stops when one

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