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Experiences There is a really thin line between love and hatred in James Baldwin's essay "Notes of a Native Son." Throughout this short article James Baldwin continually makes references to life and death, blacks and whites, and hate and love. He uses his small experiences to describe a lot larger, more complex picture of existence. From the first paragraph of the article to the previous paragraph, Baldwin continually makes connections on his point of view on life; starting with the day that his father died, to the period that his father was buried. James Baldwin is a superb writer, who creatively displays his ability to weave narration and analysis throughout his experiments. The binaries between death and life play a huge part in Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son." The day that James Baldwin's father died, his mother had borne her last child. Even though the day his dad died was extremely upsetting, a new child coming to the world is still exciting. This brings confidence to the reader that eventually through all of the trials and tribulations Baldwin goes through, that finally he might discover a nation of peace. Baldwin's dad's funeral takes place to fall on Baldwin's nineteenth birthday, which brings up another manner Baldwin can demonstrate how death and life affect this essay. Instead of trying to deal with his father's death with his family, Baldwin decides to celebrate his birthday with a bottle of whiskey and a girl that he knew. Baldwin is unsure of what to do now that his dad is now gone. He says, "I imagine that I decided it, because, because the funeral hour approached, it became clearer and clearer to me that I wouldn't understand exactly what to do with myself as it was over" (Baldwin 77). Baldwin figures that when he has drunk enoug...