Dreamer Essay. The similarities between MLK and Chaym Smith in the Novel Dreamer by Charles Johnson.

Essay by wpnd863College, UndergraduateA, February 2004

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Martin Luther King crosses paths with a man named Chaym Smith. Smith resembles King so much that King thinks he is starring into a mirror when he addresses Smith. Heck, they even chew the same type of gum. Not only does smith resemble King, but he also shares his intellectual voracity, widely read in both Eastern and Western philosophy, proficient in Sanskrit and martial arts, and a talented painter. But where King is deeply spiritual, Smith is a cynic; Where King has the full force of his strong beliefs and his strong family heritage, Smith has nothing but a life time of misfortune to shape his attitudes. Although they do share a lot of the same similarities with one another, they are completely opposite from each other, such as black and white and good and evil. These are some of the examples why I think that Chaym Smith would not have been capable of giving the speech that King gave at the Calvary AME Church.

King was a very spiritual person and took the bible very seriously. He paid close attention to its scriptures and the translation of them, in his every day life. Unlike King Smith's interpretation of the Bible was completely different. For example when Smith was sitting in the backseat of the chevelle talking to Matthew Bishop, Smith replied "See, if you check that Bible of yours, you'll find the world didn't begin with love. It kicked off with killing and righteous hatred and ressentiment. Envy, I'm saying, is the Negro disease. We got the stain, the mark. Nothing else really explains our situation, as far as I can see... They make me sick, every one of 'em. See, I ain't never been good at group-think. You ever notice how safe and dull and correct they...