Throughout the story it reveals how self-expression is difficult for people and can lead to trouble and/or miscommunication which can cause problems. Such as misunderstanding when someone wants to say something. Self-expression is an important theme throughout Sonny’s Blues because it can relate to the audience difficulty trying to express them. For example on pages 51 to 53, Sonny and the narrator are trying to talk about Sonny’s future. On page 53, Sonny explains that he wants to join the army in order to get out of Harlem.
Cathedral’s Narrator In Raymond Carver’s story, “Cathedral,” he touches on the dangers of stereotypes and the importance of real communication. This story is told through the eyes of a judgmental narrator, who is also a husband. Though his character may seem dull at the beginning, his role helps shape the meaning of the story and is an example of the different themes. The narrator gives the reader a look inside the effects of being closed off, not valuing communication, and being judgmental.
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a novel about a group of people connected through Charlie, the main character of the book. Each character has been through some kind of trama, some less sever then others trama, but all take tawols on their mental state and also there relationships. Each person has a different trauma they have been through, or a different addiction that isn't quite healthy, but there is one theme that connects them. “We accept the love we think they deserve” is a sentence that was spoken by Bill,Charlie's english teacher who he is close with, when Charlie ask him about Sam and why she doesn't believe she is good enough for a good man who will treat her right. The common theme of “we accept the love we think
Besides, the sharing information between the character and the reader creates the effect to the reader’s perception when they investigate the case with Helen. According to the style, he might want the reader to feel the way he feels, to recognize what he has been through, and to create us the shocking feeling that he eventually does not meet his biological mother as he plans. Furthermore, a hesitation he creates by using dots to make a suspense actually build and intensify our feeling to become a witness of the story, and the doubt of what lies ahead of him makes the story enthralling and
Baba and Amir ultimately grew a stronger bond but at the expense of permanent guilt for Amir. The father-son relationship that occurs throughout this story enables the reader to personally connect with Amir, which explains the novel’s universal
Clayton had to compromise his values to join the Beat Boys because he didn’t want to be a “cute kid”, but that experience helped him find his individual voice that was different from Cool Papa’s. The underground subway symbolizes Clayton’s passage from one phase of life to another. In contrast to the underground’s darkness, Clayton is able to emerge out of it with confidence and acceptance. The journey helped Clayton to be confident with his own self-identity and to accept his Cool Papa’s death. Clayton’s character development is inspiring and motivational for many children, as it shows how a child can overcome many real obstacles and be able to self-grow as an
This is seen to be true in The Kite Runner when Amir learns about remorse and absolution through his life experiences. Over the course of the novel, Amir is presented as a morally ambiguous character because of the two traits, guilt and self-forgiveness, he is presented with. This moral ambiguity comes into play when Amir commits a hurtful act, but is not seen as totally corrupt. The reason for this is, “we can relate to [morally ambiguous characters]...” (Zafar, Paragraph 1).
From the very beginning of the tale, the sorrow is palpable through the unnamed narrator 's discovery of Sonny 's incarceration, and moreover through the atmosphere created by Mr. Baldwin. The most prominent message that can be deciphered and recognized in Sonny 's Blues is that the sadness and sorrow that one experiences in their life can bring about many obstacles but it can be countered and used for something greater by a search for understanding and acceptance. James Baldwin establishes this implication through the use of his characters; the narrator, Sonny, and the singer seen on the street. All these characters experience sorrow and sadness in their
Poe believes that stories that dealt with gothic literature needed to have allegories in them to have a second level of meaning in addition to it’s literal meaning. Theses types of elements were popular in this time period because they taught moral lessons and contributed to the dark feeling a person undergoes when finding the true meaning of not only the story, but are able to personally understand the true feeling the author is trying to make individuals feel. In “The Tale and Its Effect”, Poe stated that he used and supported unity of effect to go about discussing the themes he embedded within his stories in order to make the reader to feel a certain way. He believes that they need to be short and sweet so that the author can get all the details to the reader. Poe exclaims that short stories are superior to novels because one is able to sit down and finish it in one-sitting rather than breaking the experience, with the possibility of forgetting important elements.
In any work of fiction, there is bound to be a character who undergoes major changes in his personality and tries to fulfill his/her inner potential. Often times, as is the case with many of these novels, main characters in works like these mirror the inner thoughts and aspirations of the authors, giving anecdotal evidence and experiences via personal storytelling. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger explores this theme via a first-person narrative, carefully crafting and weaving stories and small details to invite the reader to sympathize in Holden Caulfield’s experience. Although critics often “complain of the novel’s pedestrian content,” in reality, personal storytelling and integrating themes into dialect is different from pedestrian, uninteresting content because of the nuances embedded within the text (Roemer 5). In his first description of Allie, although the passage is just a “pedestrian” description, the sheer difficulty of opening up and exploring themes subtly comes up via Salinger’s syntax, diction, and tone of the passage.
Douglass, though, has given more meaning and feeling with his words, saying how the words Mr. Auld has said, sank deep in his heart, ‘woke up’ thoughts he had within and formed a new idea. While reading, it may be noticed that Douglass uses metaphors to describe how he feels. “Shutting me up in mental darkness” (Douglass 43) and “They had been shut up in mental darkness.” (Douglass 75) is how Douglass describes being denied the opportunity to learn how to read and write. However, the first quote is from a paragraph in which Douglass tells of Mrs. Auld’s inability to keep him from learning how to read and write and the second is when he tells of his Sabbath school and the slaves that came to learn.
One way Boyle engages the reader is through the narrative, personal style in which he writes his book. Historical documents can sometimes be intricate and frankly borjing but in this telling, the reader is able to connect to history in a preosnal way to better understand the conflicts this nation experienced. When he was not following Ossian directly, he pulls back his narrative lens and usually gives a history of the country at large to emphasize why things were the way they were, like explaining defense lawyer Clarence Darrow impressive professional career. This unique structuring kept me engaged but also informed of social context which gave a deeper understanding of the account when he returned back to Ossian’s perspective. I believe this is the books greatest strength.
Everyone has expectations of people; it is human nature. These expectations can be beneficial and push us to accomplish amazing things, like being kind to other people. Some expectations, however, can make people feel inferior and unimportant, leading to consequential decisions throughout life. These expectations stem from homes and communities, like the neighborhood Sonny and his brother grew up in in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”. Living in Harlem forced Sonny and his brother to grow up much faster than most people do and exposed them to many harsh realities, making it the true antagonist of the story.
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.
Flashbacks are important in “Sonny’s Blues”, because they provide context for the events of the story. Flashbacks of the past help readers to understand the present. The author uses significant flashbacks to highlight the theme of the story, which is the obligation of the narrator’s love towards his brother, Sonny. In an important flashback, the narrator recalls the fight between Sonny and their father because they were so much alike in personality. The narrator also remembers his mother requesting him to watch out for his brother on the last day he saw her while on leave from the army.