Substance Abuse In ¨sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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In the short story ¨Sonny's Blues¨, the intimidating power of drugs is embodied as the main antagonist. The Harlem Rennisease jump started the epidemic of heroin and it took advantage of the substandard community. As a result many families have been affected and torn apart due to this issue. Throughout generations, the epidemic of drug addiction has strongly impacted troubled African Americans within their community. He struggled with his mental health and drug addiction and took what he thought was the easy way out. Sonny sufferably faced an inescapable occurrence with the death of his parents. James Baldwin wrote ¨Sonny's Blues¨ to show that where one comes from should not dictate what they become. People often struggle with who they want

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