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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Describe the main setting of the novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin, and show John, the main...

The novel is set in Harlem, New York, in 1935. That is simple and straightforward but does not tell the real nature of the setting, except to someone who was there in the 1930s. The first few pages...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012 4:36 pm UTC

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How can I improve this thesis? Thesis: Low-income societies cause many struggles within families. I am doing a...

This thesis uses the term "societies" in a somewhat specialized way. Adjusting this term would be my first piece of advice (because it is not the "American society" that is "low-income" and this is...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012 1:13 am UTC

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Why is Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin, banned?

In addition to Greg's answer, and to be a bit more blunt and specific, Baldwin's book is frequently still banned because of its frank discussion of homosexuality, a taboo in many high school...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2007 11:44 am UTC

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In Go Tell It on the Mountain, what does John learn at the end of the novel in terms of his search for identity?  

The ending of Go Tell It on the Mountain occurs on the same day the story opens--John's fourteenth birthday. This is a day on which his mother gives him the gift of independent action (if only for...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2010 3:47 am UTC

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What are some themes of Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin?

There are a number of themes at work in James Baldwin's novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain. This is a novel about family and personal history, about identity and about coming of age. These three...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2014 11:47 pm UTC

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How is the theme of love developed in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain?

The theme of love is central in Go Tell It on the Mountain, especially in relationship to family issues, religion, and identity. James Baldwin described the novel as a “confession of love.” The...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 5:49 pm UTC

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Does Go Tell It on the Mountain portray religion as evil?  

People, in this novel, are good and evil. Religion is neither good nor evil but serves varying purposes depending on the characters we choose to look at. Religion is clearly a central element of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 1:49 pm UTC

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Go Tell It on the Mountain is said to be a semi-biographical account of Baldwin's life. What similarities does the...

The troubled relationship between father and son in the text is drawn from Baldwin's actual life, as is the setting for their conflict and interaction. The agon between Gabriel and John seems to...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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Religion and the church are central aspects of Go Tell It on the Mountain. Are these viewed positively or negatively?...

In short, the answer is that religion is both a positive and a negative factor in Baldwin's story. The church is a home and a refuge for the young John and others. He bonds with Elisha through the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 5:28 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast with To Kill a mockingbird

The differences and similarities in both Go Tell It on the Mountain and To Kill a Mockingbird are often intertwined with one another. The two share similar themes and conflicts while going about...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 3:18 am UTC

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I need help coming up with a thesis for a comparison essay looking at Go Tell It on the Mountain and Their Eyes Were...

Each of these novels, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Their Eyes Were Watching God, feature protagonists who struggle to find their own way. In each novel, the protagonist is born into a distinct...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012 8:16 am UTC

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How does religion enhance the story, characters, settings, or meaning in Go Tell It On the Mountain? I really want...

Religion functions as a means of self-identification for many of the characters in the novel, including John and Gabriel. These two characters struggle to attain an identity that is satisfying to...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 2:08 pm UTC

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How does John's home look?

We are never given specific details of how John's home looks, but we're given a description of how John sees it because of his unhappiness at home. In John's eyes, the entire place is dirty and...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2007 10:39 am UTC

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