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Jared HandlerEnglish 101 Bypassing the Truth About RealityOften authors in literature tend to avoid situations in everyday life which portraycontroversial issues Many authors avoid the reality and truth about what is really takingplace in the world because its frightening for many people to cope with the truth Because in most cases the truth hurts In the essays Notes of a Native Son and Herebe Dragons Baldwin allows the reader the opportunity to actually view what problemssociety is facing among its people Baldwins views are influenced by how he himselfwas depicted on for being a black homosexual In his writings he displays how people ofnormal status view others who are different in a freakish and negative way He pointsout how people are unwilling to make an attempt to know a person for who they arebecause they are too quick to judge one on their external appearance and obviousIn the essay Notes of a Native Son Baldwin shows how his father represents anextremely stubborn man set in his ways unwilling to change He could be chilling inthe pulpit and indescribably cruel in his personal life and he was certainly the most bitterman I have ever met56 Its obvious to me how Baldwins father was definitely amean man full of hatred and animosity towards everyone especially whites Hisblackness had been the cause of much humiliation in his life which fixed cynicalboundaries In my minds eye I could see him sitting at the window locked up in histerrors hating and fearing every living soul including his children who had betrayed himtoo by reaching toward the world who had despised him58 Hatred which coulddestroy so much never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutablelaw71 And in Baldwins fathers case it never failed to destroy him eitherAlso in Notes of a Native Son Baldwin describes his own experience with thisdread chronic disease of the victim There is not
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