James Baldwin Outline

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I. James Baldwin used transgressive text and figurative language to convey his life ideas about African Americans, lower class citizens, and homosexuals. II. Novels focus on African American rights and restrictions with being African American. A. African Americans were born to change a world that thinks less of them − The Fire Next Time 1. Describes how African Americans need to make change to what they were born into, “You were born where you were born… you were …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. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity” 2. African Americans can make a change if we unite, “If we- and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others- do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world” III. Focuses on troubles of lower class citizens A. The world is victimizing the poor –“Fifth Avenue Uptown” 1. Lower class is stuck in the lower class IV. Homosexuality was looked down upon in the 60s A. “two grown men jostling each other on the wide sidewalk and aiming the cherry pits, as though they were spitballs, into each other's faces, must have been outrageous” Giovannis room 1. Baldwins act against society 2. Vivid imagery V. Uncommon acts give Baldwin experience to write about to the
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