The Holy Grail in “Sonny’s Blues” does not have a physical presence but is rather represented by a state of mind(being?); the purpose of the Narrator’s quest is to fulfill his role as big brother to Sonny. It is suitable to designate to Holy ...
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... – make both these texts quest narratives. These characteristics of a quest narrative have been noticed by many scholars and are present in almost all myths and fables. The hero of a quest narrative is a character many can relate to because like all human beings, we do not start out flawless but gain experience through trials and hardships. It is quite clear to see why cultures would pass down these quest narratives – they are inspirational and give hope. This is echoed strongly in “Sonny’s Blues” and “Araby”, making these texts timeless and allowing newer generations to relate to these stories just as well as the old ones.
Baldwin, James. “Sonny’s Blues”: The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction. Julia Gaunce, Suzette Mayr: Braodview Press, 2005. Print.
Joyce, James." Araby". Theory Into Practice. Ann B Dobie. Toronto: Nelson Thomson, 2002. Print.
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