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 a day) and it concludes at a church service. The church service is a special one, a particular one. It is, in part, a "rite of passage" from boyhood to adulthood for John, and it is, in part, a confessional experience with renewal as it's goal for John's family members.
In the service two major things happen. The first is that John has an epiphany--an inner...
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