For all the characters, Sonny was a son who helped his family and embraced his African heritage; these features were really considered and respected. Contrary to the narrator who melted or tried to melt in the American culture in order to survive, but the turning point occurred when he lost his daughter; so he recognize the pain of the others as well as his brother that he was forgotten during years ago. Besides, thanks to his brother’s music the narrator finds redemption. The evolution of the character’s trait moves from being a selfish person to a suffering man who finally finds peace deep inside himself. The analysis of this short story reveals a narrator of an Afro-American community who wanted to be part of the white culture but in vain, because he was confronted to tragic events, such as his brother’s imprisonment at an early age for drugs’ deals.
A stereotype that often presents itself in the African-American community is that the patriarchal figure of the household usually abandons his family and takes no responsibility for his actions. However, in August Wilson’s play Fences, the protagonist Troy Maxson decimates any preconceived notion of the African-American man. Although he had a tumultuous childhood which, to an extent, limits him to communicate with his wife and children, Troy manages to win small victories against a universe that doesn’t want to see him win. Troy’s life is set in the backdrop of a racist America in the 1960s, a microcosm of the unjust society which August Wilson attempts to explicate. The legacy of the protagonist, Troy Maxson, should be honored rather than discarded on account of his unwavering loyalty to his family and moral code.
Darkness creates a dearth of chances. There is darkness in which the students are trapped in but are alien to the light and consequently have no future. The reminiscing done by the narrator on sonny and his childhood succors to expound more on light and darkness. He also reckons the importance of the silence and "the darkness growing against the windowpanes". He believes the darkness is generational and originates from the past in his family.
Troy tells Rose, “He’s got to make his own way. I made mine. Ain’t nobody gonna hold his hand when he get out there in that world” (482). Because of his own disappointments, Troy has adopted a bitter, yet realistic outlook on life, which he uses to guide his son. He did not have much help growing up and believes that his son could use a dose of his reality and tough
Demonstrating his love for music, it’s the only thing holding him together as his only purpose in life is creating music because his life in prison has changed him and he is unwilling to chase after any other goals besides music. While also displaying the literary device metaphor because the words, “shaken to pieces,” is an implicit comparison between each other. All in all, James Baldwin also develops metaphors throughout the duration of “Sonny’s Blues,” to tie in with his theme of suffering can lead to creation.
Montag’s Internal Storm In the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is a working, middle aged man, yet he has never really lived. He, like the rest of society, is merely going through the motions of life. He never thinks about what he is doing, what it means or even why he is doing it in the first place. However, Montag eventually realizes that there is more to life than TV and book burning. This understanding does not solve all of his problems though.
While James had questions and was curious, it did not affect him the way it affected Ruth. For example, Ruth was in constant pressure from the fear of racial clans around her town (McBride 51). This contribute to Ruth’s agonizing childhood while James did not suffer from this as much. James coping mechanics were also different than that of Ruth’s. For instance, James picked up Jazz as a way to escape his painful reality (McBride 55).
The narrator seems to take on the responsibility of Sonny's fallen actions because he was off in the Army and left Sonny with Isabel's parents. However, there are more than one character in this story. Sonny struggles internally with the pull of a drug addiction. While at Isabel's parents house he used music as much of a release as he could, but that didn't help fully. To him heroin was an outlet because it made him feel alive and eased his
In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the narrator describes the night when his wife’s blind friend, Robert, comes to visit. From the very beginning of the story, the husband is not thrilled about the upcoming visit and makes sure to express his disdain in various ways. This is because he does not understand Robert’s disability and how it both has and has not affected his way of life. It is because of this that the husband can be seen as a “blind” man as well. In the beginning of the story, before Robert arrives, the wife and husband begin talking about him.
The article The American Dream Is Dying, by David French, supports the events in the novel The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. The article revolves around Tim, a boy who “everyone just knew was doomed” and “no one was optimistic he’d pull through” (French). Similarly, those who lived on Mango Street were often unable to leave their broken households or abusive relationships, whether it was due to poverty or their inability to end a relationship for good. Both pieces of literature reflected negatively in their depictions of the American Dream. However, both works also seemed to share the idea that “only the American people can bring [the Dream] back from the brink” (French).