James Baldwin was a popular African-American novelist and essayist whose themes include human suffering, race/racism, social identity, sexuality and numerous others. 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.
Throughout the novel, it becomes apparent that Jim is not only a slave, but he is more like a father to Huck than Pap is. Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s feelings toward Jim changes from thinking he is just a slave, to a friend, and eventually more like a father-figure. There is more to this novel than just two boys floating along the Mississippi River. It addresses the seriousness of racism and abuse and talks about the importance of friends and family. Even though Huck and Jim come from different races, the time they have spent together really helps to surpass the discrimination happening and become not just friends,
The narrator believes he must rescue his brother but realizes first he must find rescue himself. In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” the author uses Sonny’s struggle for a redeemed life to push the narrator toward the realization of his own need for rescue; through this realization, the narrator can find his identity and be free from his sadness. The narrator needs rescuing from himself. He hides behind a curtain of denial trying to protect himself from emotional reality. The narrator struggles to understand when and how Sonny began his troubles with drug addiction; he does not understand where he went wrong in being a role model for his younger brother.
Craig a young black man in his early twenties lives at home with his parents is determined to leave the ghetto but there 's just some things holding him back. 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.
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.
The narrator in Sonny's Blues and his brother, Sonny, are very similar. Both share ethnicity, grew up together in Harlem, and have suffered loss. If you look deeper, past race and blood and family, you can see the two are incredibly different. Sonny is reckless and somewhat carefree for a good portion of his adult life. He is also extremely connected on an emotional level to music.
Our next protagonist, Thelonious Ellison, although living in the twentieth century, seventy years after Bigger Thomas and nearly fifty after Invisible Man, he still suffered from racism. The oppression he experienced was slightly different from the one the two previous protagonists suffered. Yet it proved to be equally destructive on our character. Although being able to go to school, create art, mix and live among white man, Monk still had to put up with the stereotypes assigned to black men. Though the form of racism was less physical, it deeply affected Monk.
In the story “Sonny’s Blues”, James Baldwin includes less obvious and more complex symbols than Hawthorne, which represent something greater. In Sonny’s Blues, readers learn the story of two conflicting brothers and their struggles to understand each other. The story begins with an unnamed narrator who reads in the paper that his brother Sonny has just been arrested for selling and using heroin. Reading this disbelief in the paper confirms his judgment that the darkness within the Harlem streets consumes the youth, who have no hope of making it into the light and prospering. He states, “I didn 't want to believe that I 'd ever see my brother going down, coming to nothing, all that light in his face gone out, in the condition I 'd already seen so many others.
According to Tero Liukkonen, a critic, James Baldwin’s writing is known for his “sexual and personal identity and civil rights struggles in the United States” which is evident in his short story Sonny’s Blues. It presents suffering and survival within the black community and throughout the characters family as well. Sonny’s Blues takes place in Harlem, New York in 1950’s were the Narrator, an unnamed character, as well as his older brother Sonny, tells the story. Characters like the Narrator, Sonny and their mother are strongly impacted by the pain of their families suffering. Throughout the short story, each character understands his/her own suffering and plan to attain a better life.
“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” written in 1957 addresses the story of a jazz musician, his struggles, and triumphs, in an era where racial segregation and civil rights movements brought big conflicts and important changes in our society. Baldwin in “Sonny’s Blues” uses symbolism, setting, and point of view to portray the struggles of an individual, who does not follow the social norms of the time, to integrate into society. The story takes place during the 1950’s in Harlem, New York, a mostly African-American community with a high level of poverty and crime. Moreover, in the passage where the narrator and Sonny observed both side of the city, “…the green of the park and the stony, lifeless elegance of hotels and apartment buildings, toward vivid, killing streets of our childhood” (Baldwin, 128), while setting in the taxicab, the author makes a comparison between the typical African-American lifestyle and the rest of the society.