The Fire Next Time Essay

813 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
The Fire Next Time Essay James Baldwin is one of the best and the most passionate writers of his time. His writing style, in the form of extended essays, is unmatched. His writing is very straightforward and relentless. The Fire Next Time is an in-depth, detailed extended essay on the Black Man’s experience in America. Baldwin analyzes many forms of suppression, through the various systems of control such as Family, Religion, the Police and Self-hate. Growing up in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s he relies on his experiences to establish the points he draws throughout the book. My dungeon shook sets up Down at the cross because he starts off by writing a letter to his 15 year old nephew. He explains to him the realities of life and what to expect as a black man growing up in Harlem because he recalls when he was the same age. This translates to Baldwin detailing his life growing up in Harlem at 15. “ The wages of sin were visible everywhere, in every wine-stained and urine-splashed hallway, in every clanging ambulance bell, in every scar on the faces of the pimps and their whores, in every helpless, newborn baby being brought into this danger, in every knife and pistol fight on the Avenue, and in every disastrous bulletin.” (20) Baldwin was a thinker and intellect. He analyzed all that was happening around him and he realized the reality of his situation as a black man in America. Baldwin felt the need to express the unjust cruelty that was bestowed upon his people by the…

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