James Baldwin Themes

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In “Go tell it on the mountain” James Baldwin works with themes of hatred, separation, religion. He does this through John, Elizabeth and the church. The author is saying that John hated his father and Elizabeth was detached from her family in the end they both came to church to seek spiritual guidance. John disliked his father. He was upset about his father “John watched and listened, hating him.”(43) He was disgusted about Gabriel for his hypocrisy “No one, none of the saints…. his life was anything but spotless” (53) Because of his grudge against his father John wanted to take revenge “Nevertheless, this man, God’s minister,…………and wanted to kill him still.”(53) He was frustrated about his father and wanted to give him a hard lesson.
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