Essay Comparing The Country Husband And Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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“The Country Husband” by John Cheever and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin include many aspects of being misunderstood. When comparing these two stories, both have conflicts for the characters to overcome and include a creative output to help them cope with those struggles. In addition, both stories include contradicting settings that represent a similar mood. Francis Weed, the main character in “The Country Husband,” has recently come back from surviving a plane crash. When he attempts to tell his story, no one listens, including his wife, Julia. The crash has changed him, and he feels held back by Julia. Because he feels restricted, Francis becomes enthralled with his children’s babysitter, Anne Murchison. She is still in highschool, but that doesn’t stop him from fantasizing …show more content…

Even though Francis gets glimpses of reality showing him he is wrong, he still feels almost renewed by Anne. After rudely answering Mrs. Wrightson, Francis tributes these new feeling to Anne saying, “He was grateful to the girl for this bracing sense of independence” (par. 36). Although he is grateful, Francis is also hesitant. After his secretary comes back from the psychiatrist, Francis says, “Francis wonders what advice a psychiatrist would have for him. But the girl promised to bring back into his life something like the sound of music. The realization that this music might lead him straight to a trial for statutory rape at the country courthouse collapsed his happiness” (par. 38). This quote shows an inner turmoil that Francis has and has to overcome. Sonny in “Sonny’s Blues” has a different problem, but he also has to conquer it. Firstly, Sonny was locked up in jail for selling heroine that he was addicted to making him literally trapped, but figuratively, Sonny’s brother, the narrator, wouldn’t let him make his own choices. At one point after Sonny is released from jail and is telling his brother he wants to be a musician, the narrator

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