Comparing Knowledge In Coates's Between The World And Me

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates brings many great and powerful messages to the forefront of the reader’s mind. The greatest of which, is the idea of sharing knowledge to ensure that the next generation is more prepared than those that have come before them. Coates, through his collection of letter to his son, passes on valuable knowledge, both of self and the world in which we live, to prepare his son for the world. A world in which his father cannot protect him from. Through sharing this knowledge, this is the best protection Coates can provide. This idea of sharing knowledge and ensuring that the next generation is well equipped to face the troubles this world will present is a fundamental idea, an idea which in my opinion…show more content…
One of which is the idea of not using others around us as the measuring stick for personal success. On page 108 Coates’ says, “I never wanted you to be twice as good as them, so much as I have wanted you to attack everyday of your brief bright life in struggle.” “...I would not have you descend into your own dream”. I feel that Coates’ is saying to his son and to me, to set the standard. I feel he is telling us not to let the ceiling set the standards when you can reach the moon, be the best you that you can be, not just in comparison to others. Another of these key notes is found in the poem in the beginning of the second section of the book. The poem says, “and sometimes fail to walk the air”. I feel like this line points to our ability to truly “walk the air” yet we do not always utilize the ability’s we have and or leverage them to the best of our ability. This poem over all is a reminder that we are beautiful, colorful, imaginative people who need to make the best of the surroundings we find ourselves in, though they are not what we long for in our core

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