), has not displayed his self-realization because he is not aware that he has harmed people from his actions and because of that he has not matured. Pip has been more successfully redeemed at the end of his story than Richard Rodriguez because Pip has recognized his selfish mistakes in his private life, and because of this recognition, he has grown. One’s selfish actions can lead to the destruction of important relationships and regret for one’s past desires. During Richard’s younger years, he had always felt close to his family, speaking the same language, and sharing commonalities. As he grew older he distanced himself from his family because he wanted to feel like an outsider.
In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” the unspoken brotherly bond between the narrator and his younger brother Sonny is illustrated through the narrator’s point of view. The two brothers have not spoken in years until the narrator receives a letter from Sonny after his daughter dies. He takes this moment as an important sign from Sonny and feels the need to respond. While both Sonny and the narrator live in separate worlds, all Sonny needs is a brother to care for him while the narrator finds himself in the past eventually learning his role as an older brother. When the narrator and Sonny finally get a chance to speak to each other after many years, they begin to slowly open up to each other the grim reality that they face.
Hawthorne lets a lot of little details out throughout the start of the story that shows the fact that Goodman Brown has been living in denial of the bad things around him and the things that he is getting himself into, but goes along with it anyway. We watch Goodman transform overnight into something he never expected. Goodman would open his eyes to what he’s missed all of his life. Though he lived many years not seeing the bad a... ... middle of paper ... ...ed. Although he knows that if he stops he will not find what he is looking for and if he goes he may find what he isn’t looking for.
Life comes with many struggles and gives strength to those who face them. James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” is about the struggles and hardships that every day people face. This story is about an aspiring musician, Sonny, Baldwin’s main character, whose life is portrayed through the eyes of his older brother. Because of Sonny’s lifestyle, his brother has lost touch with him for many years, but after a terrible tragedy the narrator reaches out to Sonny and tries to mend their relationship. Sonny is a recovering drug addict and as the story goes on, it seems as if Sonny has changed, but in reality he did not change, his brother just comes to realization that he cannot change him, but only accept and respect the man that he is and the man that he’s striving to be.
Eddie is determined to maintain his relationship with April at any cost. He didn’t realize that he was exposing himself to a whole lot of dysfunction when it came to April and her family. Eddie grew up without both his parents in the same household. They are divorced and his mother remarried. Eddie and his father didn’t have a great relationship, his father behaves more like a friend rather than a responsible parent, and yet, Eddie still communicates and spends time with his father.
James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” is relatable for those who have a sibling. Family is universal, making this short story relatable whether drugs are involved. In the beginning, an unnamed narrator is introduced. He discovers through reading a newspaper that his brother, Sonny, has been arrested. Sonny had been using and selling heroin at the time of his arrest.
Although Sonny, the younger brother, chooses a different life path in heroin usage, and in being a musician, his older brother, the narrator, becomes an algebra teacher. Despite not being in each other’s lives for a period of time, the knitted fraternal relationship that they share proves to be eternal regardless of their loss of contact. Ultimately, this story is an amazing illustration of how two people are from the same blood and home, are never quite the same, yet the love of a family will always be kindled. In the following articles "Sonny's Blues": A Message in Music, by Suzy Bernstein Goldman, explains how people often explain their emotions through music. In another article titled, -“ Black Literature Revisited: "’Sonny's Blues’" by Elaine R. Ognibene, she elaborates on the effects music has to bring two people together.
He provided for her and gave her a somewhat stable house hold. As a salesman he probably came across as arrogant to try and compensate for his other shortcomings but he tried. In all aspects of his life he tried and never stopped he kept trying to achieve his “American Dream.” Even at the end when he committed suicide he was only thinking of his family and trying to do what he thought was best for them. Willy says “Nothing’s planted. I don’t have a thing in the ground” (Miller pg.
In the story not only does Krebs struggle with his longing for a romantic relationship, but he also struggles to maintain his integrity and hold on to what good he can remember from his time in the war. Hemingway tells us “People seems to think it was rather ridiculous for Krebs to be getting back so late, years after the war was over” (1). Krebs even states “He did not want to come home” (1). With these statements, Hemingway shows that the war changed Krebs from the young man he was, in this small mid-western town where nothing changes, to a more critical and complicated individual. With that change he has developed a taste for the world and how he wants to live in it.
Though no profound appreciation for his little brother exists (like the brothers in the first story), the speaker upholds his position in his family’s lineage and cares for Sonny unconditionally. Though Lyman and the speaker in the second story both withhold an intense bond to their brothers, the excess baggage that aids in the degeneration of their brothers is unexpected. In each story, separation due to war serves as a disintegrating fact... ... middle of paper ... ...Just as Sonny uses drugs to distort his reality, Lyman’s view is warped by drug use, also. Lyman hangs a picture of himself and his brother on the wall while he is “a little drunk and stoned” (Erdrich 172). With Henry’s transformation stuck to his conscious, the drugs cause Lyman to hallucinate.