Identity In Giovanni's Room By James Baldwin

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Finding yourself is one of the hardest things in the world. Your mind believes one thing and your heart believes the other. In Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin the case of self-identification is a problem. The narrator of the book, David, is having trouble finding his sexuality. He is engaged to a woman named Hella, but he doesn’t really love her. While Hella was on a trip to Spain David had the opportunity to explore his options and try the opposite sex. David met Giovanni, a bartender at a gay club. They hooked up and ended up together. David's heart is confused. He loves women, but he is sexually attracted to men. James Baldwin uses diction and tone to help the reader David feelings. He has multiple feelings that that are confusing him on the inside. …show more content…

James Baldwin used multiple words to determine David’s sexuality. At this point, David believes he loves only women. In page 30, David says “Well, you may find this hard to believe, but, actually, I’m sort of queer for girls myself” David it's clarifying that his interest towards girls, but the world he uses is a bit unusual. He said it in a way thinking that people may not believe him. The words to identify himself need to be clear and solid. The word choice he uses makes us think that he is unsure himself. We aren’t the only that believe David is hesitating his sexuality. Later on page 30, Jacques says, “That immaculate manhood which is your pride and joy.” Jacques is definitely being sarcastic in this statement. The word choice is really extreme. He knows that a person with that manhood would never go to a gay club. Pluss adding it is his “pride” and “joy” it’s ridiculous. Again, this makes us think there is something fishy with David’s personality. We finally see David opening up and showing nature he been trying to

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