Analysis Of The Book ' Of The Coming Of John ' Essay
23 September 2016
The Divided Line
In W.E.B Du Bois’s essay “ Of the Coming of John” Du Bois offers an incite on the relationship between blacks and whites in the United States following the post Civil War era. Du Bois provides a metaphorical representation of blacks and whites through two main characters named “John”. John (Black) and John (white) are direct parallels to one another. Black John lives a more conservative lifestyle while white John lives an ignorant and privileged lifestyle. Through the two main characters the author creates two identities that black John struggles fails to associate himself with throughout the story. The author uses black John’s struggle to portray the theory of double consciousness. Double Consciousness is the idea that your identity is divided into the way you view yourself and how others influence the way you view yourself in society. De Bois uses this theory to argue that people remain marginalized due to the way others view them.
The post Civil war was a difficult era for African Americans because there was still prejudice from southern states. John Jones was a free African American who was from Southeastern Georgia. Black John did not have high expectations of college because the white folks “ shook their heads when his mother wanted to send him off to school. It will spoil him, -ruin him”(7). The opinion of the white folks affected the beginning of John’s college career. He was careless and…