The Gift And Notes Of A Native Son Essay

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The Gift and Notes of a Native Son are written by different authors who not only writes in different styles, but also differ in their background. The author of The Gift Li-Young Lee was born in Djakarta, Indonesia in 1957 to Chinese political exiles with a grandfather who is the first president of the Republic of China. Due to Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Indonesia, Lee was forced to flee to the United States in 1964. Lee then attended the University of Pittsburgh where he gained the inspiration to write poems, many depicting parts of his life. As the writer of Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin was considered one of the greatest American essayist in the later part of the twentieth century. Baldwin was born in 1924, he resided in Harlem for the majority of his young life and went to church as a boy preacher which helped influence his writing style. As in many of his writings, Baldwin writes heavily with Racism as his central theme shining a spotlight on a major societal problem of his time. As previously stated, while Li-Young Lee and James Baldwin differed in many ways in their writing and upbringing, their work do have uncanny similarities. In the following sections, we will explore together on how both writers wrote about their memories of their fathers, their relationships with their fathers and finally on how they understand and interact with the rest of the world based upon the education they obtained from their fathers. In both The Gift and Notes of a Native Son, the…

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