The Fire Next Time

Eboni and Serenity

Main arguements

1. Religion: God is to be given all of the glory for who we have become as a whole. We all need to seek God for a better life.

2. Persistence: Never give up on who you want to become or what you want to become alive. It all can happen with continuous work and dedication.

3. Perseverance: No matter what happens in life you must continue to move forward in order to make your presence and worth well known, felt, and recognized

Media connection

The Courthouse

One media connection a movie clip from "Selma" directed by Ava DuVernay. This clip connects to Baldwin's The Fire Next Time due to the Blacks and Whites having to work together in order to get into the courthouse to vote and stop the police discrimination and brutality. Everybody had to worl together no matter the differences in order to acheive one specific goal; equlaity.
SELMA - 'Courthouse' Clip: Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King

Rhetorical devices

Anecdote: Pages 3-10: This section is Baldwins letter to his nephew where he explains where his older family came from and the hardships that they had to endure in order to be where they are today. Baldwin essentially tells a story to portray this.

Logos: "We human beings now have the power to exterminate ourselves; this seems to be the entire sum of our achievements"(Baldwin 57). This is the rhetorical device logos simply because it is all logical. As human beings we take pride in taking away our own kind it makes us feel good when we can be above and beyond someone else or put them down.

Religious Allusion: "We have taken this journey and arrived in this place in Gods name"(Baldwin 57). This is an example of religious allusion because God is looked at as the "car" that drove them to victory and equality. Man is given no credit or power.