Analysis Of The Book ' Between The World And Me ' Essay

1744 Words Apr 4th, 2016 7 Pages
In the last pages of his novel, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates describes the advantage that black people have over the Dreamers: that they know how fragile life is. Ta-Nehisi describes the dream as the suburbs, as treehouses and cub scouts. He says that the Dream “smells like peppermint but tastes like strawberry cake” (11). However the Dream rests on the backs of African Americans. African Americans never get to experience the dream because the bedding is made from their bodies and built on their broken bodies. Ta-Nehisi uses the last pages of the novel to explain that although the Dreamers have placed them into a box, they still managed to make a home. He talks of black power, which was created from the dark history of African Americans, it is the power created from struggle. Therefor this power allows African Americans to understand the true colors of life. They have taken this pain this pain and suffering and created something. They took what they Dreamers gave them and flipped it, “They made us into a race. We made ourselves into a people” (149). He explains that in the poverty ridden ghettos and drug covered summer blocks, black people created a home. This black power is a deep knowledge of how fragile everything is- especially the Dream. Ta- Nehisi wanted his son to understand that the Dreamers need to understand how toxic their dream is. He tells his son to struggle for his ancestors and to struggle for the warmth of the Mecca, but he cannot struggle for…

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