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Buy Study Guide James Baldwin 's anthology of stories " Going to Meet the Man " explores the lives of characters living in or otherwise connected to the American South. Some of the characters live in New York City, kmpoact in the case of the one celebrity protagonist, have fled the United States to live in France.

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Jesse cannot restrain himself, and abuses the young man until he finally passes out. In the cradle of the one white hand, the nigger's privates seemed as remote as meat being weighed in the scales; but seemed heavier, too, much heavier, and Jesse felt his scrotum tighten; and huge, huge, much bigger than his father's, flaccid, hairless, the largest thing he had ever seen till then, and the blackest. The story ends as Jesse has sex with Grace "harder than he ever had before".

He somehow was different and more alive than he had ever been before. But for all of these characters, we see that America, maan to Baldwin, is entirely unsafe and nearly unlivable for a black person.

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od He did not know why he said this. In "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon," a celebrity musician and movie star describes his trepidations about raising a son in America after he, himself, finally found freedom from the white man's world of America in France.

Jesse just wanted to play and enjoy life. There was a time when Jesse was just a boy and the other boys his age, regardless of color, were just boys.

Jesse witnesses first hand the unjust torture and murder of a man based solely on race and perception. His perceptions regarding the differences between the races that he had developed over the course of his young life came rushing to the forefront of his mind and he was forever changed.

Plot overview

He had now learned the kind of justice his own people unscrupulously showed human beings od another color, and the perception of his own status was forever changed. After one especially difficult fight, Sonny told his brother that he could consider him dead from that point on. Meanwhile, at work, she's granted a promotion by Mr. The body was then mutilated beyond recognition by impooact lynch mob — people from his own community.

I suggest that what has happened to the white Southerner is in some ways much worse than what has happened to the Negroes there. AsJesse had had a black friend impaoct Otis. This type of racism is difficult to overcome, and it is in this way that Baldwin dramatizes the idea that what has happened to Southern whites is actually worse than what has happened to Southern blacks. By the end of the story, Ruth fears that a relationship with Mr. Davis, the only other black employee at the insurance agency.


While the murder is taking place, a strange iimpoact arises in Jesse. Are we going on a picnic? He watched the hanging, gleaming body, the most beautiful and terrible object he had ever seen till then. It describes the loss of innocence, a rite of passage. Like the boy he was all that time ago, not daring to request the comfort of his mother. This initiates one final flashback to when Jesse was eight neet old, riding in a car with his mother and father.

I suggest that of all the terrible things that could happen to a human being that is one of the worst. He tried to hide the truancy letters, but one eventually made it to the house.

Interpretation[ edit ] Several elements in the story allude to the American Civil Rights Movement of the s and early s. Sonny writes a long letter back to his brother in which he tries to explain how he ended up where he is. Belief systems based on values that are faulted lead to societies that are broken and, ultimately, to individuals that are horridly misshapen by hatred and selfishness. Regardless of what he tells thd, he cannot calm down, or escape the confusing feeling of arousal and ache that keeps intruding his body without release.

Eventually Sonny comes home and invites his brother to watch him perform later that evening.

Going to meet the man

The celebrity and his director, Vidal, go to a discotheque the night before his journey back to America and meet a group of black students who admire the narrator's work. When Jesse claims that the blacks "had this line you know, to register", the implication is that they wanted to register to vote and therefore "wouldn't stay where [Jim Crow] wanted them"—i.

There was a protest at the court house, and several arrests were made. Jesse put the [cattle] prod to the young man. And then he is taken back to when he was about eight years old — from another night of sleeplessness — feeling just as terrified: That morning, so long ago, Jesse had witnessed the lynching of a black man. In "The Man Child," eight-year-old Eric celebrates his neighbor's thirty-fourth birthday with his parents.

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Although Sonny loved the music, the rest of family had a hard time bearing his constant practicing. Davis is inevitable. This also tge to the way in which Jesse processes this experience. Upon first encountering the grotesque depiction of the scene, the reader is completely overwhelmed by a feeling of intense disgust.

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New York: Norton Company, Jesse laments these changes. The American students allege that Boona stole money out of one of their purses. It is a story of racism, bigotry, hatred, and murder, but the most astonishing and, perhaps, the most amazing element is the eye opening transformation of an innocent young child into a stereotypical Southern bigot.

When he was three years old, his mother married David Baldwin, a deeply religious preacher. While finding beauty on the surface of this story might be a difficult task, the reader can certainly appreciate the lengths to which Baldwin went in order to show how any person in any situation can become the victim of ikpoact family values and societal expectations.