"This Morning, This Evening, So Soon"
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The paper analyzes the short story "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon" , by James Baldwin. The paper examines how the title suggests that the passage of time will be an important element in the story. The role of time is important because it suggests the importance of the past and a questioning of the future. The paper discusses how the story takes place over the course of less than one day, but it uses flashback and foreshadowing to encompass much more time. The paper focuses on one of the prevailing elements of the story, that of fear. The narrator discusses the fears he had encountered growing up black in America, and the fears he harbors for the future of his son Paul when they return to a divided America.
From the Paper:"The long night of drinking and revelry that "passes time" before the narrator's journey home combines the elements of time and fear. The famous face of the narrator attracts onlookers at bars, and one group of American college students in particular become his companions for the night. The students explain that they had been traveling throughout Europe and had finally made it to Paris. "We meant to come sooner, but we could never make up our minds to leave a place" (242). For them, time is a mixed blessing, too. These students represent the future because of their youth and promise, but they also represent the past that the narrator had left behind in America."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, Langston Hughes, Ed. Boston: Little Brown, 1967.
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