• The story begins on the morning of John Grimes' 14th birthday.
• John lives in Harlem with his religious family. His father is a preacher.
• John wakes up remembering that today is his birthday. He feels guilty because because the previous day, he masturbated in the school toilets.
• John's feelings of guilt are increased by the fact he hates his father.
• John enters the kitchen where is mother is arguing with his brother Roy about his father.
• Roy is a wild child whom his father and everyone else at the congregation hopes will one day find redemption.
• Roy tells his mother that when he has children he is not going to treat them like his father does.
• John leaves the kitchen to start his Saturday chores. He has to sweep the frontroom and dust the furniture.
• While John dusts the mantle piece he studies photographs of the family. he is particularly...
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