Moreover, Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” centers on the social issue of drug use in the music scene as the story’s main characters—Sonny, a jazz musician, and ex-heroin addict, and the narrator, Sonny’s older brother, try to reconcile after one of them reads in the paper that the other has been arrested. The text demonstrates both characters that have taken different paths and the outcomes for both—the narrator has a job, family, and a place to live but is dealing with identity issues and with feeling truly “happy”, while Sonny has ended up with a heroin addiction and in prison. Baldwin presents many social issues within the short story, but the one that stands out most is the use of drugs amongst musicians, which is still ongoing as you have popular names such Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, etc. who have died as a result; it is clear that this is still a social issue. Just like the
Markie Dennebaum was very imaginative and full of life during his adolescent years. Unfortunately, when he and his parents, Mark and Kathy Dennebaum, started a new life in South Abington Township, the path the young teen was on began to darken. Being in a new area where no one knew him forced Dennebaum to establish once again in society. Not coming from one himself, the young teen found broken homes to be “more interesting” than his own. Being lost in a new and intimidating world, drinking became an exciting and almost rejuvenating way to mask his newfound problems.
Summary: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore explores the journey of two men by the same name who grow up in similar neighborhoods, but end up with different endings. The book shares the stories of both men who highlight significant events in their life that led one to be a businessman, while the other a convict in prison for murder without the possibility of parole. When Moore discovers Wes’s story he begins to correspond with him and it is their correspondence that inspired this book. First of all, Part One explains the childhood of the two boys and how both had an absent father. However, Wes loses his father because of a virus that goes undetected by doctors, while the other does not have a father because he chose to leave his child.
Greetings and Salutations Reader, Tangerine; a citrus fruit, a type of tree, a middle school, a county in Florida, and a fantastic book by Edward Bloor. Though, this is not just a random county, this is the town in which our protagonist, Paul Fisher, now lives his day to day life. Paul doesn’t have a normal life though. He deals with visual impairment and, as a result, endures tantalizing at the hands of his dissolute brother and classmates, who refer to him as eclipse boy. The bullying isn’t even the last of it, Paul also undergoes other troubles.
James Baldwin is a renowned author best known for his work of essays, books and short stories, particularly those which dwell deeply into important social and psychological issues of discrimination, gender inequality, homophobia and so on. One of Mr. Baldwin 's most appreciated literary works is the short story 'Sonny 's Blues ' which focuses on two brothers who grew up together but take different paths in life. The story follows the narrator learning about his brother Sonny 's incarceration due to the use and selling of drugs until his brother gets parole. Throughout the story, we learn about the relationship between the pair and are able to witness the narrators ultimate understanding of Sonny and his ambition. As we continue to observe the impressive short story, we find the most recurring theme to be that of sorrow.
Smokey his best friend who is the same age and also black is a weed dealer that would rather smoke his own product rather than sell it and that leads to him and Craig in danger. This film represents neighborhood change, violence & transformation, and a local hero. I chose this film one it is one of my favorite movies, also because it is a gem to the black community, and lastly it relates to blacks who live in the ghetto and who have gone through the same struggle as Craig and Smokey but with a humorous and heroic twist. American culture can be expressed in different ways and for this movie is displays the culture of the ghetto. It seems that in
The narrator unconsciously thinks maybe if he can be there for these boys, when he was not for his brother, and help shape their minds; they will be able to survive the poverty and despair of Harlem, and ultimately, he will be redeemed. This is a reflection, of the narrator saying if they can escape, therefore I can also. No matter how hard he
When he finally faces the truth of Sonny’s drug addiction his entire world is being penetrated. He then realizes the only way to resolve his own pain is to reach out to Sonny by having to shield his reality to the reality that is around him. It’s not till Sonny finally stands up and faces the music. First he must look at his neighborhood and must acknowledge for what it is. As he teaches he hears, “Their laughter...
In the end of the book when Scout offers to walk Boo home he is able to reflect on all the times he has been watching out for Scout and Jem. He knows in his heart that he only wanted the best for the two children and now that he has stepped out of his shadow he can really feel complete with his life choices towards the children. In relation to Boo finally emerging from his house; Boo saves the kids from Bob Ewell. When Scout and Jem were being attacked by Bob no one could’ve known what was happening or that they were in danger. Boo made it eminent to the kids that he had all along been watching out `for them when he runs out and saves their lives; returning Jem home safely as well as Scout in the process.
“[He] was able to escape the worst of [his] culture’s inheritance. And uneasy though [he is] about [his] new life, [he] cannot whine about it,” (253). The Hillbilly culture is full of poverty, however it explodes with family values and support from those who don’t battle with addiction. J.D. claims that, “the life [he] leads now was the stuff of fantasy during [his] childhood. So many people helped create that fantasy,” (253).
With the many challenges in the way, adversity can be difficult to overcome in the process of leaving behind a darker past. In the story “Escape From Spiderhead” by George Saunders and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin demonstrate how two characters develop by shedding behind their old lives. In “Sonny’s Blues”, Sonny faces problems with drug addictions and performing poorly in school while disagreeing with his brother on many occasions. The other story “Escape From Spiderhead”, Jeff, a pawn in many experiments who agrees without thinking to be a subject to harsh testing. Sonny and Jeff are examples on how the past does not define and individual, and through the challenges they overcome and how they deal with the situation demonstrates how