To condemn hip-hop music, a form of self-expression and art, as the root cause of violent acts committed within society is unacceptable. While some may view the profound topics of sexual assault, misogyny, and substance abuse discussed within the lyrics as distasteful, others may find what hip-hop music discusses to be comforting. As a society, the violent lyrics in songs written by hip-hop artists depict their reality, merely reflecting society’s current state as opposed to being the motive for crimes committed.
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.
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
“Benjamin Smoke”, is a documentary that shows the life of a drag, punk rock artist who exemplifies bodily knowledge and spirituality through his unique way of life. Benjamin lives in Cabbage town, a poor neighborhood in Atlanta that has been labeled the “shit”, where most of the town is run down and broken. To an outsider Benjamin Smoke is seen as a queer, drug addict, but Ben shows us spirituality in a purely individualism form. Through Ben’s body and the pain and sickness he experiences daily through being HIV positive, we see his distinctive personality and mischievous attitude towards life. Albanese concept of liturgical spirituality, and achieving bodily knowledge is a key element of the documentary, and shines light on bonding in which
Written by Gareth Palmer, “Bruce Springsteen and Authentic Masculinity” looks into the music, performances and life of rock artist Bruce Springsteen and how he became a “dominant force in promoting and signifying masculinity” (Palmer 1997). Palmer states that a male learns masculinity in stages though the father-son relationship. Referring to Springsteen’s lyrics, Palmer states that the first stage of masculinity learned by a child is through posture, observing how one’s father walks. The second and final stage would be rebellion, the son not wanting to be just like his father, seeing that the father is a “negative” aspect of his life by not being able to articulate their thoughts and emotions using words. Also in covering Springsteen, Palmer
An Analysis on Pornographic Experience in William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was more than just a homosexual who got away with murdering his second wife, Joan Villmer, after shooting her in the head. However, William Burroughs’s misogyny, misanthropy, and drug addiction flavour the literary works that made Burroughs a significant figure in American letters in the twentieth century. Burroughs was a renowned novelist, predominant member of the Beat movement. Though presented in a different manner, Burroughs’s Naked Lunch also provides a contestatory account of the sexual and pornographic that clearly transforms hidden, private sexual action into a public, external experience that achieves the utilitarian ideal of mutual social visibility. At the time of its publication in 1959, Burroughs’s Naked Lunch was faced with censorship due to its legal designation as an obscene work.
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.
In this assignment the case study of Ted Bundy and how many biological, social and cognitive studies affect the perspective of criminals. In this case biological theories are our genetics and what we inherit from our parents and further on. These theories will be linked to Ted and if they affect how he performed the criminal acts. Introduction Ted Bundy is one of America’s most prolific serial killers who targeted brunette women in an attempt to get back at his ex-girlfriend, but also his mother who had lied about Ted’s paternity for a number of years. During Ted’s early life he went by the name of Theodore Robert Cowell.
Therefore, they follow whatever is pop to replace the traditional cultures that do not suit them any further. One popular trend many teens adopt, believing it can be a helpful tool to express their feelings more freely and get rid of the melancholy mood of their age, is the jazz. The story "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin illustrates the world wide consequences of jazz music and dance styles on youth. When Sonny abandons his family and leaves the school just to play jazz, his brother, who narrates the story and has a complete contradictory personality to Sonny's, feels troubled and frustrated. The narrator thinks the musicians are corrupted people, who deal with drugs and cigarettes, and tries to prevent Sonny from being with them.
Although, Dana Franklin is a traumatized Afro-American female subject, Octavia brings into focus the consequences of power mechanisms that humiliate the "Other" and place him at the bottom of the social hierarchy. In the antebellum South, Dana becomes an easy target of rape and the mere acknowledgement of her vulnerability as a colored woman arouses a feeling of shame. Through the narration, Dana 's efforts to protect her integrity are kept in check by the menace of sexual or physical violence by a white man. Therefore, her home in twentieth-century California becomes a point of vulnerability, and her marriage to a white man is experienced as shame. On other hand, her decision to resist Rufus 's attempt of rape shows that she keeps her integrity.
Andre suffers from Bipolar disorder just like his grandmother Lucious mother, he is the CFO for Empire Entertainment and the President of Empire label Gutter Life Records. Jamal is the CEO and the vice president of Empire. When Jamal was a child Lucious had thrown his son in the trash because Jamal was showing signs of being effeminate, which turns out that his son is homosexual. As for Hakeem the youngest son is a rap artist. He and his mother Cookie has an estranged relationship.
Ta-Neshisi Coates a well-known writer of “Between the World and Me” uses his book to meditate on what it means to be black in America today. It uses a letter from Mr. Coates to his son, Samori and speaks on living in a country where unarmed black males and little boys are targets of police brutality – such as victims like Michael Brown, Tamir Gray, Eric Garner and many more. Mr. Coates uses this title “Between the World and Me “from Richard Wright who wrote a poem based on the fear he felt growing up. Fearing the police who possessed to have full control of his body, meaning they were beating and frisking anyone whom they believed was causing trouble (“the blacks”). Coates however writes with the purpose of urging his son and other African American boys and men to be watchful, to be careful, and to arm himself with knowledge by giving them recounts of stories of innocent men.
In both places, young men go through the daily struggle trying to navigate their way through the deadly streets, poverty,…" (Moore 170). This is a quote from a novel written by the successful Wes Moore "Wes 1", where he talks about the similarities between him and the other Wes Moore. Unfortunately for Wes 2, he turned down the wrong path and was involved with drug abuse and violence. This could have something to do with the fact that his father was present, but neither was Wes Moore 's. The only difference was the reasoning behind why their fathers were absent.
John Sekora notes Martha K. Cobb’s thoughts in regards to the formation of black literary tradition, when she says “the first-person voice presents the particularity of point of view that allows the narrator-protagonist the distinctive advantage of projecting his image, ordering his experiences, and presenting his thoughts in the context of his own understanding of black reality as it had worked itself out in his own life … it is a persistent defining and interpreting of personal, human, and moral identity, hence one’s worth, on the slave narrator’s own terms rather than on terms imposed by the society that has enslaved him or her (Sekora 484).” This is exactly what Douglass is doing in this text. In this narrative, he presents so many different
He went into the navy after that, and after coming out of the navy, was arrested for using and selling heroin. All the anguish, trouble, and suffering that Sonny went through to become who he was, was put into a song and that was Sonny’s blues.