Essay about The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

James Baldwin's book The fire Next Time opens up an entirely new world to most readers. It opens the reader to the harsh world of a black boy growing into a man in the poor city slums and all of the issues that a black man has to face. This book does more for the reader than any article published about the black's living in the poor cities in terms of exposure for the reader. The reason why it has this ability is how James Baldwin wrote it. He was able to express all of himself in the essay form with a storytelling technique. Together these two techniques combine to form a collection of essays on what blackness
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This is a very important part of the book because it shows the reader that the author even though he has been suppressed by whites understands that one day we have to live in unity. What does being black mean? According to Baldwin, being black is unchangeable. It is a burden for a young person to carry. Being black means that one is intended for a particular life, a life with several disappointing outcomes. Part of his book portrays this idea perfectly. "You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason." This shows that Baldwin believes that being black means that you are stuck in one type of life with no way out. This way of life is a brutal one as well. Baldwin brings up many examples of this in the different essays that you read. One line he writes hits you in the chest and makes you step back from the book and think for a second. "You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being". For a man to write this about his race makes you really understand what he is feeling and the power that he feels it with.

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