The older brother, the narrator, James Baldwin, goes to college to become a teacher, and give back to his community in Harlem. The narrator rises above the suffering and difficulties of trying to fit into the white society. Sonny and the narrator find different means in dealing with their racism.Eventhough, both brothers take different routes in their lives, and they feel at the end be true to yourself, Follow your Dreams! Sonny tries to escape racism with his music, but his brother feels he needs a better means in providing for himself (99).He tries to get his point across to James ‘he replies that there’s no way not to suffer isn’t better than just to take it. (105) Sonny searches to find ways versus using drugs; he even goes into the service.
Even the narrator who was the good and smart kid who had a college education and who was sober could not afford to live outside of the projects. It seems as if nothing would work for every escape lead them back to the projects. Sonny tried every thing to escape poverty, but never could escape it. Sonny said “I don’t want to stay in Harlem no more, I really don’t… I want to join the army or the navy, I don’t care” (60). Sonny was so desperate to escape poverty that
Throughout the play, the most important reason causing Willy’s failure in achieving his goal seems to be his own inability to recognize the unpleasant reality while continually living in a slanted fantasy that his mind has created. Throughout his life, Willy Loman experiences much despair and abandonment which has indirectly caused his failure and affected him as an individual in the end. At a young age, the departures of Willy’s father and Ben drive Willy to lose himself and strive for the American Dream. Over time, Willy buys into the dream so thoroughly that he tends to ignore the tangible reality around him and see only the pleasant results of one’s success but not the practical ability or hard work required. Willy frequently lies to his family about his income and status while keeps borrowing money from Charley, because he still believes he is a hugely successful salesman in his own world of delusion.
“Anyway you’re sixteen years old, you can’t run the ranch…you are being ridiculers. You have to go to school” she said, wiping out any hopes of him owning the ranch (p.15). Undoubtedly Grady is being restrained to explore his dreams, as the world around him intuitively assumes that he ought to tag along the c... ... middle of paper ... ...asing nothing but the wind, when he eventually returns home. He then heads back to Texas probably in hope to renew his friendship with his old friend- Rawlins. After, a short conversation with him (Rawlins), Grady realizes that they cannot really connect any more.
Huck is looking for freedom from his alcoholic dad. Jim wants to have freedom from slavery. Along the way, they encounter the violence, cruelty, greed and hypocrisy of the so-called “sivilized” society. Traveling the river is in many ways a coming of age experience for Huck because it is during his travels that he is faced with the opportunity to make important choices and develop his strong moral character. Society's idea of civilization, which was ... ... middle of paper ... ...most picture the river described by the author.
In two short stories written during the mid-twentieth century, “Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin and “The Man Who Was Almost a Man,” by Richard Wright, two African-American characters are faced with separate hardships that are similarly caused by sociocultural factors. Both characters’ problems are arduous to overcome and until they are, the characters are unable to achieve their ultimate desires. In James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” the main character, Sonny, faces many sociocultural factors, in particular the social environment that he was raised in. His social environment is one of the causes for his troubled life; a life in which he shoots heroine, as well as deals it. Sonny grew up in Harlem, a place the narrator, Sonny’s brother, characterizes as “disast[rous],” “danger[ous],” and “dark” (Baldwin, 41,42,43).
“Sonny’s Blues” is a short story in which the author presents a view on the realities of suffering in Harlem, New York in the 1950’s and how the presence of drugs can greatly impact not only the users, but the ones who care about the users as well. This can be shown through the literary use of setting, character, and theme. Throughout the story, the narrator struggles with trying to reason with the life his brother has chosen and the choices he has made. Sonny struggles to find an identity for himself having to live under the shadow of his brother his entire life. Sonny however finds solace in music which seems to become an escape for him and help him find meaning within himself.
To change violent behaviors, the program must explain and talk about the “illnesses” poverty has created for the young and people growing up. This has been passed from generation to generation. Although very difficult to change accustoms, it’s possible. Most sociologists agree that society has established a ranking for the minorities and feel destined to fail before even trying. Some famous artists Works Cited http://academic.udayton.edu/health/01status/98chipma.htm http://www.uni.edu/chen/drupal-AA_voice/sites/default/files/tupac_hip_hop.pdf
As he becomes more and more of a friend to a runaway slave and helps him in escape his entire moral standards are challenged. But this leaves him with an invaluable lesson. Huck meets Jim as they both are running away from their lives, for different reasons. Huck and Jim head down the Mississippi. But Jim is a runaway slave and Huck is faced with a decision to help or turn Jim in.
The United States have created policies in which it targets minority groups, but especially African Americans. Throughout the history of our nation, our government has an inferior complex of blacks in fear of rebellion from the lower to middle social classes. History tells us that people are willing to unite for a cause regardless of racial differences. Mass incarceration is a product of the Jim Crow Laws that plagued this nation after the civil war. The effects of being labeled a convicted felon is similar to the era before the civil rights laws were passed.