The Fire Next Time

By: Amy King

Main Arguments

1) Religion : Baldwin portrays his anti-religion feeling throughout the text as the main focus.

2) Acceptance: Baldwin discusses how his people must accept the white people with love even though they might not accept him.

3) Revolution : The belief of the black man taking over the world that had originally belonged to him.

Media Connection

MALCOLM X ON THE BLACK REVOLUTION VS. THE NEGRO REVOLUTION

Malcolm X

One media connection is a segment from the speech of Malcolm X discussing the difference between a 'black' revolution and a 'Negro' revolution. This connects to Baldwin's The Fire Next Time because of hardships discussed and the revolution that can occur.

Rhetorical Devices

Diction: (present throughout the entire book) - Baldwin uses a more complex word choice, which gives the reader the opinion that he is very well educated and knows what he is talking about.

Italicization: (found throughout the entire book) - The use of italicizing words is the draw attention to them and what they are referring to exactly.

Imagery: pg. 20 "in every wine-stained and urine-splashed hallway..."

This passage paints a picture in the reader's head of the life that was surrounding him.