The Hero's Mythic Journey In Notes Of A Native Son By James Baldwin

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“Notes of a Native Son” is an autobiographical writing written by American contemporary black writer James Baldwin. At the first time I read “ Notes of Native Son”, the title catch my attention. In my opinion, “Son” only means male child. But Baldwin describes something more meaningful in his essay. In Baldwin’s mind, African Americans should be free and equal native son of American just like the white. He uses the word “son” to reflect to his family, his father and the whole society. In Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin adheres the parameters and goals of The Hero’s Mythic Journey, which was written by Joseph Campbell. According to Campbell ‘s ideas, there are twelve stages of the hero journey, which can also be divided into three parts—ordinary …show more content…
Baldwin has realized and accepted his father’s views after he experienced the same hatred from a white- dominated society in New Jersey. Baldwin states “It was the same story all over New Jersey, in bars bowling alleys, diners, places to live. I was always being forced to leave, silently, or with mutual imprecation”. He saw and understood what his father was taking about. Experiencing racism in New Jersey, the hate inside of him was beginning to affect his personality and his attitude to which he treats everyone around him. He started to miss his father and believe that if his father was right about white people, maybe he was right with something else too. Changing the attitude toward his father, he started to regret for having a bad relationship with his father before he passed away. After his father died, Baldwin becomes an independent person; he is no longer a son. His role has being changing and more and more close to his …show more content…
Racism is everywhere in New Jersey where black people were a small minority. Even though Baldwin tried to ignore the racist attitude of the white people in New Jersey, he recognized that hatred and bittiness are inevitable for him. There is no way for him to escape the prejudice of white American because of the color of his skin. Thus, he states “ I saw nothing very clearly but I did see this: that my life, my real life, was in danger, and not from anything other people might do but from the hatred I carried in my own hatred”. Baldwin’s hatred is not a direct effect of his relationship with his father. The hatred in Baldwin is from a white- dominated society. As a black American, he is victimized by racial discrimination. His father’s warming come true, Baldwin understands his father’s dislike of while people. Note of Native Son is an attempt to reconcile with Baldwin’s father in death to understand the hatred Baldwin carried around his heart, and to see how that anger was not his

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