The Fire Next Time By James Baldwin Essay

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The Fire Next Time “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!” This quote ends the heartfelt, inspirational book The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. This book set in the 1960’s faces what Baldwin calls the “Negro Problem” head on. Baldwin does this through two different chapters: My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation, and Down At The Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind, and with various different themes throughout both writings. The first part of the book, My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation, is like what it says in the title, a letter to his nephew. Baldwin explains to his nephew the hard times that he has been through, and explains to his nephew some of the hard times that the nephew will go through as an African American in today’s society. Baldwin also tries to encourage his nephew to be a catalyst for change. The second part of the book, Down At The Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind, are stories from Baldwins past that explains important moments that he has overcome in his life. The two parts of the book paint a very vivid image of how life for an African American was in the 1960’s. Many different themes are used throughout Baldwins book. The themes include religion, personal approach, Christianity, communication and the “Negro Problem”. The theme of religion was used to describe it’s ineffectiveness with dealing…

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