One of Baldwin’s literature pieces was Sonny’s Blues in which he describes a specific event that had a great impact on his relationship with his brother, Sonny. Having to deal with the life-style of poverty, his relationship with his brother becomes affected and rivalry develops. Conclusively, brotherly love is the theme of the story. Despite the narrator’s and his brother’s differences, this theme is revealed throughout the characters’ thoughts, feelings, actions, and dialogue. Therefore, the change in the narrator throughout the text is significant in understanding the theme of the story.
In “Notes of a Native Son,” Baldwin uses this weaving of narration and analysis to show his inability to see how his father’s personality had impacted and molded his own personality. In “Notes of a Native Son,” Baldwin’s mastery of weaving narrative and analysis is blatantly obvious. The premise behind the essay is the relationship between Baldwin and his father. The essay takes the reader through trials and tribulations in Baldwin’s life, including the spats between him and his father. Their relationship was, safe to say, slightly aloof.
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The animosity remains a major internal conflict for the brother throughout the story. As the story progresses, the narrator’s embarrassment of his brother’s disabilities leads him to mold Doodle so that he is not as embarrassed by him. This is the point where the theme of the story becomes exposed to the reader, that love can make a person do cruel things. Hurst uses the conflict that the brother has with himself about accepting his brother, the cruel actions that the brother directs toward his brother, and the irony that is woven throughout the story to further emphasize the theme. Hurst utilizes external conflict to further his message, that cruelty can sometimes, be a way that someone might express love.
The speaker was constantly contemplating on whether or not to write to his brother. Eventually, the speaker writes to his brother after his daughter dies. He seems to understand what suffering feels like so this provokes him to write to his brother. As shown, through several example in the short story the speaker seems to understands his brothers suffering. The author/speaker’s intention is to inform the readers.
This was interesting, because George seemed to lower his guard he had put up against his father, and allowed a relationship to start. Sampson has seen results in forging a relationship with his father as well. Due to health reasons, Sampson was forced to research his father instead of his dad writing the chapter about himself. By doing so, Sampson learned that his father was a product of his environment and yet he was determined to follow his dreams (139). This struck a cord with Sampson, because he saw a lot of similarities between his father and himself.
However, he uses a different approach in his writing style to show the adventure of the protagonist in Haroun and the Sea Of Stories. The authors share common themes, which is failed marriages and the absence of a mother. Through analysis of the novels, one may be able to recognize the different perspectives of both authors on relationships between a father and his son. Hemingway presents the story of himself as the son of Henry Adams. Rushdie, however, presents himself as the father of Haroun.
“Sonny’s Blues” is written after the brother discovers what happened to his uncle, his talk with his brother, and his future reunion. The story is not progressive but rather collective. The brother has all the information and then he composes the story. By doing this, the reader has the ability to understand the plot more completely. The reader can see how the discovery of his uncle relates to his care for his brother.