Fire Next Time

Madi Mulder & Trenton Perry


Religion: Baldwin states that the church held out a ''Spiritual seduction''. since the streets, especially in the ghetto, was full of drugs, sex, alcohol, and violence.

Fear: When Baldwin was little, he said he had an overwhelming sense of fear affecting every aspect of his life. He said that every black child is fearful of their parents punishment, but also the way white people treat blacks, and the way they judge them.

Hope: Baldwin believes that ''African Americans can make America what America must become. He offers hope to all African Americans but acknowledges that it will take responsibility

Media Connection

One media connection is a project for African American history we found on YouTube that talked about the black power movement and Malcolm X, this connects to the fire next time because Baldwin was discussing how the white man is the devil and the black man is powerful and capable of doing great things, these are the same things discussed in the clip.
Malcolm X & The Black Power Movement

Rhetorical Devices

Repetition: on page 102 Baldwin used the repetition of the word ''too'' when talking about the negro not being able to get what he wanted from the white man. Also the white man made it impossible for him to love the negro because they were not ''equal''. This shows the overall impact of the clashing between the two races, that one can't love another unless they are equal.

Metaphor: On page 103 used a metaphor by saying "A bill is coming in that I fear America is not prepared to pay". This metaphor helps illuminate the authors view of trying to build a better world but "white Americans want consolidation based on color".

Rhetorical question : “Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?” He uses this to engage the audience and get them thinking about his situation and what the cost is of attempting to rid the country of the concept of color for the negro race.