In Jesus’ Son, Fuckhead faces these moments of realization as well. He is originally a reckless druggy and alcoholic. No one really expects him to get into a detox willingly and take a new approach to life in the end. Therefore, Jesus’ Son affirms the legitimacy of
The Unnamed narrator, an algebra teacher in Harlem, reads of the arrest of his younger brother Sonny on claims of selling and using Heroin. The narrator is deeply disturbed the thought of his brother reminds him of his algebra students. He realizes that his students might end up like his brother someday given the obstacles and obstacles they encounter at Harlem. What the narrator believe is that Sonny succumbed to the destructive influence of Harlem life. To some extent the narrator feels that he is responsible for whatever happened to Sonny because he is a victim.
So, he becomes upset upon hearing Sonny's response to his advice, which indicates that Sonny's ultimate passion for music makes Sonny think he is free to do whatever pleases him: "I think people ought to do what they want, what else are they a live for?'' (Baldwin qtd. in Schwen and Dorothy 344) . Another story that represents teens' confusion is Joyce Carol Qates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", where a young girl, Connie, pretends to be adult to attract boys' attention since she defines her life by her relations with boys.
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.
This is a shameless lie, jealousy is the reason why Iago betrays Othello and ruining everyone’s lives in the first place. Ironic is shown in the lyrics, as well as the video. The song says that the people who we “hail” are actually “the worst of all.” (lines 6-7) The lyrics/singer is trying to express that the people who we hail, the ones we look up to, a famous person, a god, or even a close family/friend, are the most untrustworthy people.
“Sonny’s Blues” is a story that projects music as the voice of reasoning. According to the article, the first exposure to music exhibited as Sonny’s friend and the narrator approached a bar. The intriguing sound caused Sonny’s friend to look inside out of curiosity. As stated by Baldwin, “The jukebox was blasting away with something black and bouncy and I half watched the barmaids as she danced her way from the jukebox to her place behind the bar ” (pp.125).
He provides a description, which shows his spite and hopelessness about his family situation. Huck’s father is described as the “the town drunk,” which is indicative of the situation, especially with a parent who absconded his parental duty. Huck’s father is a representation of a certain generation of people in Mississippi, who looked down upon those who sought any form of education. The book does not limit itself in the quest to reveal Huck’s father ill manners given his stature in his son’s life (Twain 36). Twain writes that he kept going back to his son for money to buy alcohol.
In "My Papa 's Waltz", Theodore Roethke expressed the vivid remembrance of his childhood and his father 's boisterous behavior. Roethke condoned his father 's drunkenness, manhandling and negligence, yet remembers his everlasting affection for his "papa". This indicates Roethke 's unconditional love towards his father. Even though he was getting hurt by his father 's lapses, he willingly carried on the waltz ‘till he went to bed. The poet expressed his father 's actions uncaring and rough through the violent imagery associated with the smell of whiskey on his breath, his battered knuckle and his son 's ear being scraped.
The attachments were so strong that Victor refers to Jimi Hendrix and his father as “drinking buddies. " His father became wistful and dependent on alcohol after him and Victor’s mother’s marriage started to take a turn for the worse. Victor once stated, “When an Indian marriage starts to fall apart, it’s even more destructive and painful than usual” (52). The failure of his father’s marriage really took a toll on him and didn’t help with the things he had already been through, which resulted in more drinking. Victor once compared his father’s drinking problem to a traditional ceremony and that suggests the importance of drinking in Victor’s dad’s life, especially as a Native American.
Bill revealed to the Dr. that by working with other alcoholics who had fallen prey to their condition on those three critical areas, a person who at one time appeared hopeless could arrest the disease. However, Bill emphasized to the doctor that there was no cure for the disease, but a person could manage their disease and their lives at the same time. Dr. Bob immediately realized he had come face-to-face with a man who was at one time as hopeless as he was. Bill was sober, and the impact on Dr. Bob was immediate. The two men formed alcoholics anonymous.
James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” uses Sonny as an antagonist character to the protagonist, his eldest brother. While Sonny and his eldest brother both are the center of the stories content, Baldwin uses Sonny to represent a challenge to the narrator of the story. Through the rekindling of a brother’s relationships, Baldwin is able to depict Sonny's motivations and aspirations through his flaws, and the way in which his flaws affected his life. Sonny’s flaws ultimately shape Sonny’s character, his reserved feelings and silent demeanor isolate him from the world, but at the same time contribute to his aspirations and motivations by music.
There is nothing quite like the bond shared by siblings. Especially by those of the same gender. Through horrific ups and downs, even situations that would tear even the best of friends apart, siblings somehow manage to always patch things up and continue on. A bond like such was present in James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues, which told the story of two brothers on a seemingly detrimental path towards complete destruction.
Sonny is considered to be the hero of the absurd. How Sonny is the Hero of the Absurd is that he goes through the three stages, Acknowledgement, Acceptance, and Accomplishment. How Sonny goes through the first stage acknowledgment is that he realizes he has a problem, an addiction to heroin. Isabel’s mom catches Sonny skipping school and he runs away to join the army. Sonny’s acceptance stage is when he starts getting his life back together.
Psychologist Robert Berezin says that, “Human struggle is not a brain problem, but a human problem.” (Berezin 1) In the short story “Sonny’s Blues,” the author James Baldwin reveals the dark truth about human nature, and through a psychoanalytic criticism perspective it can reveal how people cope with their suffering and problems. The main character, Sonny, is suffering from the hardships that many people face throughout life. Sonny’s suffering becomes so unbearable that he refuses to accept this inevitable situation, and seeks relief and control through the use of jazz and drugs.