James Baldwin Notes Of A Native Son Summary

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James Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son
As I began reading James Baldwins passage, "Notes of a Native son", I was immediately filled with emotion. He began his very first sentence by stating that his father had died. I started to imagine to myself, what it would be like if I was Baldwin. I could not imagine what I would do if I lost my father today. He is my hero. I have some previous knowledge of the Harlem riots because I did a project on them when I was a junior, but reading Baldwin's first-hand experience opened my eyes even further. I sympathized most with Baldwin when he said that he hardly ever talked to his father before he died. His father was a mean and scary man. I am so thankful for my dad. He is always there for me and supports me in all that I do. I talk to him every single day and could not imagine it any other way. In 2009, my uncle committed suicide. It wasn’t until after he died that I realized how rarely we actually talked. I regret that almost every day. Death is a painful eye-opener. I really liked the way Baldwin went into detail describing his father and who he truly was. He explained the way his father treated others and why he was the way he was. It was because of that detail, that I was able to empathize and understand why Baldwin resented his father. I would have felt the same way if I would have grown up with a father like his. It was truly disheartening to read about his father's illness. It completely took over his body, mentally and
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