Half Blood Blues Literary Analysis

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Human beings are known to be unpredictable, adaptable to every situation, and most definitely flawed. Such imperfections often stand out when reading popular books about a perfect character or watching movies with an unrealistic ending. Sometimes, the reality of life comes last in these works and people are left to wonder if they truly are the only flawed ones. Nevertheless, authors like Esi Edugyan have refrained from embellishing the human nature in some of their works and have strived to portray it for what it is. Indeed, in the novel Half-Blood Blues, the author, Esi Edugyan, explores the darker side of human nature. The main plot takes place during the Second World War and is told by a now eighty-three-year-old Sid Griffins,
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In fact, at eighty-three years, Sid is guilt-ridden because of what happen to Hiero. How nobody knows what happen to Hiero in the beginning of the book makes it even more unbearable as “knowing he died after being in a camp ain’t the same a knowing the nature of his death[…] Hell, there wasn’t even a grave”(25). At first, the readers are brought to belive that the main source of his guilt is because of his inability to respond quickly to Hiero’s arrest. However, further in the book, the dark reason of his guilt is revealed. As a matter of fact, after getting Hiero’s visas he “slid [it] back into the envelope” (284), hid it and lied to Delilah just so that he could record music. Ironically, when a suspicious Delilah respond with: “If you do anything to hurt him, you will pay for it” (286), she was actually right because even though she wasn’t alive to find out the truth, the burden of Hiero’s “death” weight on Sid throughout his life which made him eventually quit music because in the end his selfishness cause another man his life.
Finally, Sid unique personality enables us to explore common emotions like jealousy, frustration, guilt and regret. Also, being inside his head contributes to the better understanding of his actions. In conclusion, these dark feelings are often the ones that people do not like to experience or talk about and it is also usually avoided in many of today’s creations.

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