Suffering, is inevitable. However, suffering for a black American, is fueled by discrimination and oppression. While suffering often unites mankind, skin color has somehow managed to divide it. As evil transpires in our world, we begin to see our communities divide and organize themselves according to color, social class, and family values. These issues are presented in James Baldwin’s work, where he displays suffering, particularly for the blacks in America.
Author James Baldwin’s short story, Sonny’s Blues, takes place between 1924 - 1987 Harlem, New York, and society’s assumptions towards the black community and moral values during this time period were very skewed. Baldwin demonstrates this through the main characters, Sonny and the unnamed narrator, and their alienation from society because of their class and their alienation from themselves because of creed. These things have formed a metaphorical prison around them. In the 1900s Harlem, blacks were often in the middle or lower class, and Sonny and the narrator were no exception.
Every book, story, and poem has a plot that uses the same key components to keep readers engaged in what is happening. Without plot it literature pieces would be dry bland and hard to read. Traditionally plot consists of exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion to tell the order of what is happening. In the stories The Shroud, The Jewelry, and Sonny’s Blues each of the authors use the traditional components of plot in their stories. Plot is used to strengthen writings along with making the writing stronger.
In the short story, “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird”, a young African- American girl and her family’s privacy is invaded by two white cameramen. In this story, Toni Bambara uses symbolism, setting, and point of view, to portray the hardships of an African-Americans in American during the mid 1900’s. Bambara uses subtle symbolism within this story. The biggest example is, the symbolism between Granddaddy Cain and Granny and the hawks and the cameramen.
In :From the Souls of Black Folk, pg. 885 states” Leaving, then, the world of the white man, I have stepped within the veil, raising it that you may view faintly its deeper recesses, - the meaning of its religion, the passion of its human sorrow, & the struggle of its greater souls.” Dubois takes a stance, of let us do what we can, so that they can not say they are better. He highlights black struggle, while pointing out the detriment of pointing out other’s wrongdoing. Another aspect of Dubois writing that I appreciate is the idea of realistic societal oppression.
The Bluest Eye – Racial Identity Morrison 's first novel, The Bluest Eye, looks at the appalling impacts of forcing white, working class American beliefs of excellence on the creating female character of a youthful African American young lady prior to the mid 1940s. Roused by a discussion Morrison once had with a grade school colleague who longed for blue eyes, the novel piercingly demonstrates the mental pulverization of a youthful dark young lady, Pecola Breedlove, who hunts down adoration and acknowledgment in a world that prevents and degrades individuals from claiming her own particular race. As her mental state gradually disentangles, Pecola miserably yearns to have the customary American models of female excellence—to be specific, white
James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” was initially very confusing. I had trouble distinguishing between the past and the present when the speaker was reflecting on school (Baldwin 1-3). However once he began to do so, I remembered how Professor Ewan told us to avoid writing chronologically. I did not understand why he had told us this other than to make our work more interesting. Reading this short part of the fiction text gave a sense of nostalgia and established a kind of connection and introduction to the unnamed character.
Writing content of fictional nature is aimed at providing the readers with an entertaining perspective that engages them. James Baldwin approaches his fictional work in Sonny’s Blues through a complex style that embraces similes and a conversational approach with the characters covered remaining objective while actively engaging the readers. In this literary analysis, his works in Sonny Blues is examined in detail. James Baldwin’s style of writing embraces a conversation approach aimed at engaging the audience in his works. “What do you mean, that’s all?” he asks with a response “I mean that’s all” (Baldwin, p.817).
Written at the opening of the twentieth century, after the relative failure of federal Reconstruction efforts and during accelerating national tensions regarding race relations, The Souls of Black Folk is a complex work of philosophy, history, sociology, political theology, and literary creativity. Structurally linked by a few recurrent metaphors (soul, veil, double-consciousness), the book consists of fourteen distinct essays that together present W. E. B. Du Bois’s analysis of conditions in the United States. Du Bois pays special attention to the challenges facing black and white citizens in their interrelations but also poses a sharp critique of the spiritual and economic directions of the United States as a whole. Race figures as a central concern in the work,
Throughout the story Sonny’s Blue, there are many different symbols that represent different things, with the disparate functions. Light and darkness are the two universal symbols of Sonny’s Blues. Light has usually conveyed the goodness, hope, and purity of life. In the other hand, darkness performs for death, tragedy, and negativity.