37 pages 1 hour read

James Baldwin

The Amen Corner

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1954

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Essay Topics


How do Ida’s and Margaret’s experiences with loss parallel one another? How do their similarities, and their differences, accentuate the themes in the play?


What does the title The Amen Corner mean on a literal and symbolic level?


In The Amen Corner, what role does the church play in the family unit? Why do congregation members call one another “Brother” and “Sister”? How does the conception of the church as a family inflect on literal family structures?