Home to Harlem | Study Guide

Claude McKay

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Perspective and Narrator

Home to Harlem is written in the third person from the perspective of an omniscient narrator, with the exception of Part 2, Chapter 17, which the character Ray narrates in the first person.


Home to Harlem is told entirely in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Home to Harlem refers to the return to Harlem of the main character, Jake Brown. Harlem is a district of New York City located in the northern part of Manhattan. Jake is stationed in France during World War I (1914–18) with the U.S. Army but deserts his position, first working in London and then returning to the place he feels most at home and welcome, Harlem, after escaping a race riot in London.


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