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James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room: Role of Parents in the Identity Struggle James Baldwin's novel, Giovanni's Room presents the battle of accepting homosexuality as one young man's true identity. One manner by which Baldwin introduces this issue is by way of the character David and the forces of his father and deceased mother. David's father has an idealized vision of his son as manly and rough which leads David to reject his homosexual identity. He believes his homosexuality prevents him from getting the rough and masculine man his father desires. David's dad fuels his child's battle of accepting homosexuality as accurate identity by expressing his perfect son as rugged and independent; and his looming mother symbolizes David's authentic homosexual identity along with his inability to escape it. David cannot accept homosexuality because his true identity since he feels that it goes against the definition of a "guy" as described by his father. David believes this way since he overheard his father tell his aunt Ellen the next: "All that I want for David is that he develop to be a man. When I say a guy, Ellen, I do not mean a Sunday school teacher" (24). Baldwin seems to imply that his father wants David to have manly experiences including working hard and exploring the nature of girls. He doesn't want David to become a stiff and sheltered guy just like a Sunday school teacher. After hearing his father say that, David believes that he has to hide his homosexuality. His attempts to hide and conceal his homosexuality propel him further into his st.. .