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Go Tell It on the Mountain | Study Guide

James Baldwin

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Go Tell It on the Mountain | Characters

Character Description
John John is the teenage stepson of a Harlem preacher struggling with his own spiritual dilemmas. Read More
Gabriel Gabriel is the domineering head of the Grimes family who demands spiritual perfection from everyone. Read More
Elizabeth Elizabeth is John's kindhearted mother who tries to love and encourage her children. Read More
Florence Florence is Gabriel's bitter and resentful sister who tried and failed to make a better life for herself. Read More
Deborah Deborah is Gabriel's first wife, who survives a brutal sexual assault by devoting herself to the church. She is already deceased when the novel opens.
Elisha Elisha is John's friend and Sunday School teacher who is a role model and point of fascination for John.
Ella Mae Ella Mae is a girl at church who is a brief love interest for Elisha, until they are shamed into avoiding sinful ways.
Esther Esther is a woman Gabriel has an affair with in the South. She dies giving birth to their son.
Rachel Rachel is Gabriel and Florence's mother, a former slave whose life has been marked by both suffering and unwavering faith.
Richard Richard is Elizabeth's first love who takes her to New York from Maryland and fathers John before he is unjustly accused of a crime and commits suicide.
Roy Roy is John's headstrong and rebellious younger half-brother who takes after his father's early instincts for sinful behavior.
Royal Royal is Gabriel's illegitimate son with Esther, raised by his grandparents and killed in a bar fight as a young man.
Ruth Ruth is John's baby half-sister.
Sarah Sarah is John's younger half-sister.
Sister McCandless Sister McCandless is one of the "saints" in the Temple of the Fire Baptized.
Sister Price Sister Price is one of the "saints" in the Temple of the Fire Baptized.
Praying Mother Washington Praying Mother Washington is Ella Mae's grandmother, a respected figure in the church.
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