Analysis Of Sonny 's Blues And The Yellow Wallpaper

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A Loss of Identity in “Sonny’s Blues” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”
It can be said that every human has basic needs with the obvious ones being food, water, shelter and clothing. There are of course other needs like love, acceptance and a sense of identity, all of which are fundamental to happiness and wellbeing. A sense of identity is the understanding of who a person is, their beliefs, passions and characteristics. It reflects how they relate to others and it brings the individual a sense of purpose. In “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, the character Sonny finds his identity in his passion for music and in the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator finds her identity in her love of writing. When life takes a bad turn for each character their sense of identity is threatened. Although they meet opposition from family members, they cling to their passion, knowing that it is their saving grace. Both characters sense of wellbeing is dependent on their sense of identity as well as acceptance and support from their family.
In “Sonny’s Blues,” the character Sonny finds his sense of identity in music. He and his brother had a difficult childhood growing up in Harlem. They grew up seeing many around them turn to a life of drugs. It was a life of hopelessness as can be seen from the line, “boys exactly like the boys we once had been found themselves smothering in these houses, came down into the streets for light and air and found themselves encircled…

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