The World And Me By Ta Nehisi Coates Essay

2062 Words Apr 11th, 2016 9 Pages
In Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author uses a myriad of memories to paint the story of his life in a letter to his son. He brings memories from all periods from his life, and meshes them together into an interlocking web of situations and circumstances that define who he is as an African-American male in the United States of America. He is writing this memoir in the form of a letter to his son, the message he is trying to communicate is for an African-American, you must be aware of how easily someone else can take your body. In the text he describes his childhood in West Baltimore, through his young adult hood, and into his current adult life using the element of memory to mesh the story into a flowing saga of his life. Throughout this text Coates relies heavily on memory to dictate and aid the progression of his story. “The life narrator depends on access to the memory to narrate the past in such a way to situate that experiential history within the present.” (Smith, Watson, 22). The Narrator, in this case Coates, actively uses memory as an engaging factor to through the life writing. He does not add his memory as a passive tone to the text. When he mentions a past memory, he pairs it with a current mindset, actively showing the audience of his book, how his past and his memories are vital to his ideas and current goals. When Coates begins to describe his childhood he employs the word fear to describe the base element that surrounded his life. “To…

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