Baldwin uses the scenery of New York to emphasize and illustrate his themes. How these questions can chip away at you and wear you down. I'm underwhelmed by this, but I'm glad that I was picking up on something that was actually there. Baldwin is careful to always emphasize that sex has consequences -- if not physically, then mentally. He was a big intellectual. Another Country is both shattering and uplifting, a book that obviously took great courage to write.
Excerpt from Term Paper : Sexuality, Discord, And Love in James Baldwin's Another Country James Baldwin is most well-known for his ability to blend the ideas of sexuality and race and place them in a contemporary context. One of my most favorite quotes comes from Eric talking about his relationship with Yves, and how being homosexual in an era where that it was not accepted, and with that has the background he goes on talking about because of his desires, he found himself living a 'secret life' where he goes on to say to me one of the most profound life mantras. It was fitting that I read Another Country while camped out under the air conditioner or sweltering in the park or seeking solace by the ocean. John Grimes begins his passage from innocence to experience in Go Tell It on the Mountain; Rufus Scott and Vivaldo Moore, among others, struggle to survive experience in Another Country, which intimates the need for the higher innocence. Ida and Vivaldo fail each other, but through admitting their failings, discover common ground; a compromise to love. Eric's male lover is coming to New York to be with him, and Eric is dealing with renewing relationships with everyone who he has not been around in a couple of years.
I don't agree with his use of those words, but I understand his point. The danger black people faced and still do was not imagined--it was, is, real--but the response to this danger was enmeshed, like the notion of rights, with the epistemologies of eurocentric nationalism. Several image patterns, however, indicate that John may be moving nearer to a recognition of his actual complexity. He elucidates despair in a way uniquely his and highlights biracial and homosexual love in a way only someone from his unique vantage point could. He was buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, near New York City. And it's a terrifying thing. Best scene in story: I love the scene where Eric recalls walking in Europe and he is carrying a radio in his hand,listening to classic musical, and he is followed by a man that will be his lover.
Julia Miller, like John in Go Tell It on the Mountain, undergoes a salvation experience and embarks on a career as a child evangelist. In 1948 he moved to Paris. The young man is not sure of anything, but knowing such people as Ellis, he realizes that they do nothing for nothing. What drives a secured and married mother into the hands of another? What the world calls morality is nothing but the dream of safety. In spite of all the confusion, betrayal, and sexual wheeling and dealing the book essentially ends where it begins. He had had a pair of cufflinks made for Rufus, for Rufus' birthday, with the money which was to have bought his wedding rings: and this gift, this confession, delivered him into Rufus' hands. Cold relations in the family, indifference of the parents made the boy timid, insecure.
While in an abusive relationship with a white woman, he always felt the need to have power over her as in reality, the opposite usually occurred. He is struck by the beauty of Ida - if she has a talent in addition, he promises to help her to advance. The great question that faced him this morning was whether or not had had ever, really, been present at his life. His desire to exploit her earning potential even when she says she has lost her vocation reflects his underlying contempt for the spirit. Baldwin points out the sexual tension between the two. Δεν είναι ειρωνική αλλά ούτε και τυχαία η αναφορά στον Dostoevsky δύο φορές μέσα στο βιβλίο, αφού το έργο, όσο ανάρμοστη κι αν μοιάζει η σύγκριση, αρκετές φορές διαβάζεται σαν να έχει προκύψει από την πένα του Ρώσου συγγραφέα.
He allows his partners to reconnect with their private selves by abandoning their public selves for a moment, to share something, but this process can not endure an actual relationship. The majority of the narrative lines imply the impossibility of simple dissociation from institutional pressure. Once this perfect outlet has been established, Cass can abandon her public self and nurture her private self in the same way that Vivaldo soon will. This also makes him the book's most calm and composed character. With Yves, Cass, and Vivaldo, Eric engages in healing, self-affirming sex, giving his partner what they need most. Baldwin is emphasizing that only in New York can such themes as bisexuality, race, and be intertwined and expressed as they are in the novel.
Not only that, but there is something innate about it. Black-skinned, white, Latinos and many other people from different parts of the world gather together to enjoy themselves and music. Did I enjoy the journey? He, like many other characters of the novel, was also bisexual, another taboo of society. It also tells stories of how blacks cope with internalized racism, the desire to love whites, and the violence they find themselves committing against them. His relationship with Rufus is wrought with insecurity and power struggles.
After his return to Harlem, he and Arthur gradually lose contact. The book is set in a time and place when it was impossible not to be. Early on, the riffs coming out of a saxophone are interpreted as meaning Do you love me? The historical precedents for the threat to the perpetuation of the black race are the middle passage and slavery. The city, too, emerges as a kind of character, a mise-en-scene that the characters are fated to play out their lives in. The foundations of Another Country. Attempting to survive by rededicating himself to communication, to his artistic excavation of history, Arthur drives himself past the limits of physical and psychological endurance. It towered over the town, more like an affliction than a blessing, and made everything seem, by comparison with itself, wretched and makeshift indeed.
A large and relevant piece of America can be inspected here. He admits that Rufus was abusive of Leona, that he actually does not reciprocate Cass's love, and that his love of Yves is genuine. I'll just get that out. Perhaps now, though, he had hit bottom. There is clarity in both his observations and his precise use of language. He looked very much at ease, at home, thinner than he had been, with his short hair spinning and flaming about his head.
Another Country, as a fictional work, serves Baldwin to express several ideas formerly developed in his essay writing and so the novel covers a manifold spectrum of social issues, including race, sexuality and finally love. As John accepts the perceptions implied by his vision, the ironic voice shifts its attention to yet deeper levels of ambiguity. Most of the books important sequences come at night. Baldwin's rhetoric formulates questions that you want to answer, but often cannot, but follow closely and intimately. Also, Ida's beginning recognition as a jazz singer causes increased tension and jealousy between her and Vivaldo.