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    A Review on the Works of James Baldwin

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    Introduction The works of James Baldwin are directly related to the issues of racism, religion and personal conflicts, and sexuality and masculinity during Baldwin's years.James Baldwin's works, both fiction and nonfiction were in some instance a direct reflection his life. Through close interpretation you can combine his work to give a "detailed" look into his actual life. However since most writings made by him are all considered true works of literature we can't consider them to be of autobiographical

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    James Arthur Baldwin

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    James Arthur Baldwin James Arthur Baldwin was born the first of nine children during 1924 in Harlem. His father, David, was a clergyman and a factory worker, and was the source of all of James Baldwin's fears. Baldwin's mother, Berdis, was a homemaker. Baldwin first started writing around age fourteen as a way of seeking the love which he was missing from his family life. During this time Baldwin attended Frederick Douglas Junior High School and DeWitt Clinton High School. During his school

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    Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

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    “Sonny’s Blues” revolves around the narrator as he learns who his drug-hooked, piano-playing baby brother, Sonny, really is. The author, James Baldwin, paints views on racism, misery and art and suffering in this story. His written canvas portrays a dark and continual scene pertaining to each topic. As the story unfolds, similarities in each generation can be observed. The two African American brothers share a life similar to that of their father and his brother. The father’s brother had a thirst

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    The novel ‘The Fire Next Time’ by James Baldwin was published by Dial Press in the year 1963, United States. James Baldwin has written another number of books: novels - Go tell it on the mountain, another country. Plays - The amen corner, Blues for Mister Charlie and Short story collections. The author James Arthur Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 and died on December 1, 1987. As a writer he also worked as a novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. His works questioned the struggle of inequality

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    a grim existence beneath the dispassionate stare of narrow-minded bigots. Soon, the Civil Rights Movement would gain momentum and drastically alter such social exclusion, but James Baldwin writes his story “Sonny’s Blues” before this transformation has occurred. In the style of other Post-Modernist writers of his day, Baldwin invents two brothers, Sonny and the narrator, who seem to have given up on finding meaning in their lives: escape, not purpose, is the solution for suffering. Although marginalized

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    Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin "Sonny's Blues" is a story about two brothers, their past, and how their differences came between them. They were apart for several years while Sonny was in jail, but once he got out they had a chance to mend their pasts. "Sonny's Blues" is a well written story that teaches a lesson that has value in every day life. The tone is melancholy and reminiscent. The brother is remembering the past and reflection on the mistakes he and Sonny made. He is sad over their

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    James Baldwin and the Civil Rights Movement

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    extremes was James Baldwin. Baldwin's personal views were a mixture of both the ideas and ideals of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Baldwin often struck the same chords that Malcolm X did. Baldwin, in The Fire Next Time, wrote, "I was icily determined . . . to die and go to Hell before I would let any white man spit on me, before I would accept my 'place' in this republic" (Ticket 341). Baldwin himself saw many similarities between Malcolm X and himself (Ticket 358). Both Baldwin and Malcolm

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    In James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues” there is a constant contrast between light and dark. Baldwin uses this theme to highlight the struggles that the Narrator and his younger brother, Sonny, both face. Light represents all of the positive aspects of life. Meanwhile, the darkness represents the constant struggle that threatens the characters in the story. Light and dark has a presence in both characters. The narrator lives his life in the “light”. He is a teacher, middleclass man, a man

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    Baldwin’s overall purpose of this short story was that people should accept who they are and their background. The essay James Baldwin is structured into three different sections that describe how Baldwin grew to understand that he has to embrace who he is and his past. One section of the essay talks about Baldwin as a young boy and his relationship with his father. It also tells about Baldwin’s experiences in New Jersey when he grows a little older. Another section describes the racial tension

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    James Baldwin

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    The Life of James Baldwin James Baldwin states, “I knew I was black, of course, but I also knew I was smart. I didn't know how I would use my mind, or even if I could, but that was the only thing I had to use” (PBS 2). This quote from James Baldwin from an article by PBS sums up the challenge he had to face because he was black. Through his personal life, his work and his accomplishments, James Baldwin has been considered one of the most prestigious writers in American Literature. Growing up

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