Symbolism In Sonny's Blues

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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. As light connects with darkness, it created an attraction for the readers. Additionally, music is a conventional symbol that brings happiness to Sonny, the main character in the story. The light symbol has given away the literal and figurative significant. Light usually represent the happiness, joyful, and exhilaration. The author used many forms of light to describe an insistent hope of salvation, but it also flashbacks a painful life of Sonny’s father. Darkness and music have given unusual prominence that emphasises the awful life in Harlem, and how music brought those two brothers together at the end of the story. Each symbol represents its own unique sign. The light used in many forms such as moonlight, spotlight, or even the light of the car. “There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness” (James). Besides the fear, and despair of society in Harlem, the light seems to be glowing in the darkness, symbolizes a form of salvation and a moral life. "I stared at it in the swinging light of the subway car, and in the faces and bodies of the people, and in my own face, trapped in the
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