Go Tell It on the Mountain

by

James Baldwin

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Go Tell It on the Mountain Symbols

Mountains

Mountains are symbolic of the “narrow” and difficult way of the holy life in Go Tell It on the Mountain. Indeed, mountains are named directly in Baldwin’s title, and he repeatedly references them throughout…

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Music

Music takes on a twofold meaning in Go Tell It on the Mountain: depending on the genre, music represents both morality and immorality, redemption and sin. On the one hand, hymns and gospel songs—artifacts…

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The Threshing-Floor

The threshing-floor is the surface before the altar in John’s Harlem church, the Temple of the Fire Baptized, and it symbolizes God’s judgement in Go Tell It on the Mountain. In biblical times…

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