Lessons James Baldwin Learned In Notes Of A Native Son

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Lesson’s James Baldwin Learned In my paper, I will talk about and write about when James Baldwin learned his lessons in “Notes of a Native Son” I will show the process and how he did it. I say James Baldwin learned three different lessons in the “Notes of a Native Son”, which include not having a good relationship with his father, racism and how he doesn’t know what he had until it was no longer there. In the story, James Baldwin and his father never really got along that entire well. James Baldwin and his father really never had a good relationship. They would fight or not talk a lot. Therefore, how can you talk to someone or love someone you barely got along with. The lesson, he learned there is that you can not talk or love someone you barely get along with. That is one lesson, James Baldwin learned. The second lesson James Baldwin learned in the “Notes of a Native Son”, would have to be about Racism. The way James Baldwin learns about racism is when he was in New Jersey; his “white” friends took him to a restaurant. When his friends took him there, a waitress said them that “We don’t serve Negros here” (page 95 top paragraphs). James and his friend only wanted were “a hamburger and a cup of coffee” (also page 95). Through out the “Notes of a Native Son”, there was many accounts of racism, but I choose to use the one that spoke to me the most. Therefore, the lesson I think James Baldwin learned here was that many people can be very mean and racist against many races; in this case, it was against blacks. The other lesson that James Baldwin learned was that “People don’t know what they have until it’s all gone”. The meaning behind that is because on Page 114 (last page) it says “The intimation made my heart heavy and, now that my father was irrecoverable, I wished that he had been beside me so that I could have searched his face for the answers which

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