Saturday, May 4, 2013

Going to Meet the Man by Baldwin

Killing the Man

Mr. Jesse's father had took him to a picnic that he will never forget, when he was a boy. He saw the show of killing the black man, he felt joy that he had never felt before, "He watched the hanging, gleaming body, the most beautiful and terrible object he had ever seen till then". 
At the beginning of the story, Jesse is unable to do a sexual relationship with his wife, at that moment, an "image of a black girl caused a distant excitement in him", he wasn't able to ask his wife to help him "the way he could ask a nigger girl to do it". At the end of the story, he succeeded  in arousing himself, he told his wife, "Come on sugar, I'm going to do you like a nigger"
Jesse interaction with the black people give him the power of superiority over them. He finally become able to do sexual relation with his wife, but it was after remembering the superiority of his race over black people, and it was after taking the black man's masculinity. 

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