James Baldwin Writing Styles in Notes of a Native Son

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Point of View

Baldwin’s point of view is of special interest in discussing his style. Baldwin often speaks as if he were a white person observing black culture. He often writes in the first person plural about the apprehensions white people have of black people. By doing this he takes upon himself the ignorance and violence of which he accuses white Americans. This has the effect of making Baldwin uncommonly accessible to the white reader who is prepared to be chastised but is not prepared to think himself despised. What Baldwin manages to do with this technique is to make the reader feel as though he, or at least a representative of himself, is doing the analyzing and the accusing. This effect is not achieved solely through stylistic techniques. Baldwin’s depth of analysis is the sort of analysis that creates a sense of recognition rather...

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