Analysis Of The Book ' Sonny 's Blues ' Essay

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The essay is about 2 different fictional stories by James Baldwin and how they relate to growing up in the depression era as an African-American family in Harlem. The first story, Sonny’s Blues explores the views of two black brothers and the suffering they experienced as individuals while living in a black community in Harlem during 1930. This story shows how the two brothers both try to relate to each other’s lives even though they are completely two different people. The unnamed Narrator who is also the oldest brother tries to understand his drug addicted but yet talented brother Sonny. Sonny finds difficulty in coping with the mediocrity of a lifestyle path his older brother (the unknown narrator) has taken. Sonny wants to gain acceptance from his older brother for choosing a risky yet different path in life. Through this story, Baldwin shows the struggles of a black man and how hard it is to fulfill one 's dreams. Towards the end Sonny finally finds the courage to do what he really loves to do, play music. Through his music, he expresses his turmoil in life through playing the blues. In both these stories, Baldwin shows how discrimination, drug addiction, imprisonment, death, and poverty influences them to make decisions on what paths they take in life, and how they all deal with it in different ways. These stories also show the harsh struggles of being an African American during depression area of 1930.…

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