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Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

- Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin In James Baldwin's story "Sonny's Blues", "blues" plays a very important part, even the story itself is a "blues", there is a mood of unhappy throughout the whole story. Also, this is a story about being safe and taking risk, and between the meaning of "blues" itself and for the story, we can some relations in terms of this theme. "Blues" is a kind of music that to express a sad mood. It is synonymous with low spirits and depressed emotion. The "blues", both as a state of being and as music, are basic to the structure of the story, and both the narrator and his brother Sonny have had their share....   [tags: Papers]

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The Weary Blues and Lenox Avenue: Midnight

- “The Weary Blues” and “Lenox Avenue: Midnight” by Langston Hughes are two poems written as scenes of urban life. Although these poems were written more than seventy years ago, it is surprising to see some general similarities they share with modern day city life. Dilluted down with word play and irrelevant lines such as “And the gods are laughing at us.”, the underlying theme is evidently urban life. “The Weary Blues” and “Lenox Avenue: Midnight” approach the general topic of urban life from two different aspects also....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Critical Appreciation of Auden's Funeral Blues

- Although it is not seen at first, Funeral blues can be portrayed and understood in many different ways. Auden could be writing about the death of a public figure, as he writes about 'white necks of the public doves' and the 'traffic policemen'. Another interpretation is that Auden wrote this poem about his loss of faith in God. This would explain the use of a capital H is ?He Is Dead?. A reference to God could also be found in the line 'my Sunday rest' (Sunday being the Sabbath day). Although these ideas could be equally argued, I still believe that Auden wrote this poem while mourning the loss of his lover....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis of Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

- Analysis of Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin In the story of “Sonny’s Blues,” by Baldwin, the beginning of the story finds Sonny’s brother on his way to work reading about Sonny’s predicament. Sonny got arrested for “peddling and using heroin.” He didn’t want to believe that his brother was in trouble. While teaching his algebra class he was thinking about the past. He remembered when he first suspected his Sonny of using Heroin. He was always under the impression that Sonny was, “wild, but he wasn’t crazy....   [tags: Sonny Blues James Baldwin]

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Acceptance in Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

- We are all part of a society where justice and respect must be followed if we want to have a nice image of ourselves and be accepted by others. In the short story, Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin, two brothers are struggling to accept each other. Until the brother listened to Sonny and accepted what he wanted to do in life and who he was as an individual, the brother was in the darkness with his brother and himself. Through flashbacks and the characters, we were able to see how their life was before their mother and father died and what actually forced Sonny to take drugs....   [tags: Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin]

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Country Club Blues

- Country Club Blues My first job is definitely the one I remember most, although I did not always enjoy what I did. Many times during the eight months I worked at Fauquier County Country Club I hated my job one day and loved it the next, thus resulting in a very memorable and exciting time of work. Working at a golf course may not have been the most enjoyable job I have had, but it gave me new experiences to interact with people and gain a sense of responsibility. I applied for a job at the Country Club on my 16th birthday not having the slightest idea what I wanted to do for myself....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

- Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin "Sonny's Blues" is a story about two brothers, their past, and how their differences came between them. They were apart for several years while Sonny was in jail, but once he got out they had a chance to mend their pasts. "Sonny's Blues" is a well written story that teaches a lesson that has value in every day life. The tone is melancholy and reminiscent. The brother is remembering the past and reflection on the mistakes he and Sonny made. He is sad over their fallout, Sonny's trouble with drugs, and the death of his daughter....   [tags: Sonny's Blues James Baldwin]

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The Power of Music in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues

- Music has the power to affect people in great ways. It can heal broken hearts, provide and escape from reality, and speak where words cannot. Both The Metamorphosis and “Sonny’s Blues” uses music to help the main character in life. In these pieces of work, music connects both Gregor and Sonny back to humanity and open windows that were previously closed. Gregor, the main character of The Metamorphosis, not only woke up realizing that he wasn’t human, but also connected back to humanity through the sound of music....   [tags: music, help, humanity, power, souls]

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An Analysis of Baldwin's, Sonny's Blues

- An Analysis of Baldwin's, Sonny's Blues Sipiora identifies the critcal issues in Sonny's Blues with the character giving his self-reflections. Sipiora also says that literary characters sometimes perceive or not perceive the relationships or circumstances. We also have to judge characters in how they react to other characters whether they acted in good faith or not in good faith. We have to ask ourselves when we read literature if the character is being objective looking for personal qualities in a character when they come in contact with another character or is the character looking at another character in a judgemental, stereotypical, or preconceived way of thinking....   [tags: Sonny's Blues Essays]

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Darkness and Light in Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin

- In “Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin”, the theme darkness and light appear throughout the story. The narrator's perspective of the Harlem is rough and shady due to his ability to accept new ideas and gestures. In the opeining introduction, the Narrator introduces darkness by comparing children to darkness by saying “All they really knew were two darknesses, the darkness of their lives, which was now closing in on them, and the darkness of the movies, which had blinded them to that other darkness” (Baldwin, James)....   [tags: jazz music, jail, harlem]

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Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin

- Although presenting just a small sample for comparison there are definite points in this story where the lives of Sonny and his brother coincide with that of James Baldwin; the location of the story is from his childhood; the fact that the narrator’s name is never mentioned and the other characters are referred to by their familial position suggests Baldwin’s feelings about his place in his own family; as the oldest child and the only one in the home that didn’t share biological parents. If there were further doubt that a writer draws from their own lives to create their tales, James Baldwin himself states "One writes out of one thing only -- one's own experience." (Baldwin) Sonny’s Blues is...   [tags: Biographical Critique]

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Sonny's Blues by Baldwin

- Sonny's Blues by Baldwin In Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" two brothers try to live out their lives in the ghetto. This is an urban tale that takes place in some part of Harlem. Sonny tries to live his life as he wants but his brother tries to live his life as a provider for his family. They suffer, survive, and learn while trying to live out their life. This story begins when the narrator finds out that his younger brother has been arrested for either using or selling heroin. The narrator's first response is that its Sonny's problem "what the hell can I do" about it (232)....   [tags: Papers]

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The Blues and the African American Culture

- Women of the blues brought the black culture to a new chapter of recognition. They made blues as a popular music, and gave an opportunity to black culture to be accepted and also gave the people a chance to do something (a job) beyond the scope of plantation. They brought the blues to a performance stage and make it more universal so they can fit in not just to black listeners but also the white. Although on their first performance their blues were not considered as the real blues, because blues was considered to be man culture and in order to be able to sing the blues, a man should experience a journey mostly a bitter journey....   [tags: essays research papers]

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History of the Blues Music

- The contribution of Blues music to the development of many other genres of music is very significant. Jazz, rock music and country and western are just some of the styles that owe a lot of their progression from the original blues. Blues was originally grown out of the hardships endured by many generations of African Americans, and first arose from the rural Mississippi region, around about the time of the dawn of the 20th century. The style developed from work shouts (known as arhoolies), and became the vocal narrative style that we associate with blues music today....   [tags: music, blues, form, groups]

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Poetic Elements Within the Blues

- ... By incorporating poetic devices into the lyrics of her song, Bessie is able to better able to portray her attitudes and emotions to the audience By using the elements of imagery, rhyme, repetition and word choice normally found in the blues allows the audience is given more insight into her present circumstances. In “Empty Bed Blues,” four of the basic characteristics that constitute blues music are present. The first similar characteristic is the form of this song. Similar to the majority of blues songs, the lyrics are set up where the first line of each stanza is repeated before the last line, in the form “AAB.” In the first stanza she repeats the line, “I woke up this morning with an...   [tags: feeling, emotions, lyrics]

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Sonny's Blues

- James Baldwin's short story, "Sonny's Blues", tells the tale of two brothers, as they come to an understanding of each other. The use of imagery and figurative language can help the reader grasp a deeper meaning of what the narrator is focusing on. In "Sonny's Blues", the predominant imageries throughout the narrative are the reoccurring contrasting images of light and darkness, symbolizing hope and despair. Children filled with hope, feel that they can engage in any profession they want and are naive to the despair of their lives....   [tags: World Literature]

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Brothers' Relationship in Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- Brothers' Relationship in Baldwin's Sonny's Blues Sipiora states that, "Characters often perceive (or fail to perceive) the context and implications of the circumstances and relationships they are in. Some characters act in good faith, whereas others do not. As we examine literary personae, it is especially important to judge them in terms of how they react to others" (77) As "Sonny's Blues" opens, the narrator tells of his discovery that his younger brother has been arrested for selling and using heroin....   [tags: Sonny's Blues Essays]

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Sonnys Blues (An Insight)

- Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”, set in Harlem in 1957, was largely about the struggles of an ethnic minority and the stagnation they feel, but moreso how two brothers come to understand each other due to their struggles and from years of living their own, very different lives. Baldwin’s constant, detailed, reflections helped me immensely in understanding this story. I feel that they served as a constant reminder of the social context in which this story takes place. It helped to have those incessant reminders because I kept thinking it takes place in recent years, versus the 1950s, before the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Search of Sonny: Sonny’s Blues

- Sonny, the title character of James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” is about a young man whom is struggling in life. As a young African American born in Harlem, the burden of being poor, black, and trapped within the confines of his community, he is aware of the limits and obstacles he faces. Baldwin uses the part where Sonny moved away from Harlem, his afterlife from prison, and his love for music to show us that he symbolizes the search for identity significance. After the death of his mother, his only older brother left to the army, and he was forced to live with his brother’s girlfriend, Isabel, their family....   [tags: harlem, james baldwin, sonny blues]

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The Impact of Family in Sonny's Blues

- The narrator in James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues”, at first glance seems to be a static character, trying to forget the past and constantly demeaning his brother’s choices in life. Throughout the story, readers see how the narrator has tried to forget the past. However, his attempt to forget the past soon took a turn. When the narrator’s daughter died, he slowly started to change. As the narrator experiences these changes in his life, he becomes a dynamic character. The story begins with the narrator’s brother, Sonny, being arrested for using heroin....   [tags: James Baldwin's short story]

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Comparing the Blues in Hughes' The Blues I'm Playing and Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- The Blues: in Hughes' The Blues I'm Playing and Baldwin's Sonny's Blues In Langston Hughes' The Blues I'm Playing, the blues are the source of Oceola's life and her choices. Langston is trying to illustrate the conflict between life and art. The art in this story is represented in a confined manner, as a disciplined career with a white woman acting as the overseer in the young lady's life. Art to Oceola, with its profit, convenience and privileges offers an array of benefits, but being embodied in Dora Ellsworth, the art seems to drift away from life's vitality....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Defining the Blues with Symbolism

- ... If the object being described is “blue” in color, “blue” will usually be included in its name. Even though the name will give you an idea of what it may look like, the underlying significance is not as obvious. A “blue” jay often symbolizes intelligence and faithfulness. While a “blue” whale can symbolize well-being and emotional depth. A “blue” sapphire, which is also found in nature, contributes to mental clarity. Even though each of these examples have a blue coloring, each has a different shade and symbolism, giving the word “blue” a different meaning each time it is used....   [tags: meaning, emotion, color]

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Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

- In the novel Reservation Blues, most of the characters struggle with their identity at some point. Victor has an especially strong urge to rebel against his Native American heritage, which is apparent in his violent, arrogant demeanor and his obvious problem with alcohol. Victor is tied to his past and has trouble coping with his life as it is, and is in a constant battle with himself, his surroundings, and other people.            Early in the book, Victor is portrayed as somewhat of a bully, and he and Junior are even referred to as, "two of the most accomplished bullies of recent Native American history." (page 13) Victor's closest and most meaningful relationship in the book is his fri...   [tags: Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie]

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Genre History: Blues

- ... Towards the end of the 19th century, music brought over to the states by African slaves began to develop. Work songs, chants and shouts were the beginnings of the earliest form of blues: Delta blues. Delta blues was so called after the Mississippi Delta, where the towns and plantations that the original blues men and women worked were located. “The guitar and the harmonica were the primary tool of the Delta bluesman, mostly due to the ease of carrying them around, and many of the musicians of the Early Blues era (1910-1950) were sharecroppers, or worked on one of the many plantations that were located across the Mississippi Delta.” (Gordon, 2014) As well as guitar and harmonica, homemade...   [tags: african slaves, work songs, chants]

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Mississippi History and the Delta Blues

- ... The Blues may have come naturally for Smith. Early in her life, she lost her father before she could even remember. Smith was an orphan by the age of nine having also lost her mother. Furthering her attraction to Blues music, she also lost a brother before she was ten. It is no wonder that she experienced the pains of poverty at this early age. An older sister took over the responsibility of the family, but it could not have been easy. Smith and a brother helped earn money for the family by “busking,” a form of street performance....   [tags: music, racism, jazz, blues]

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Learning to Listen in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- Learning to Listen in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues In James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues", the verb, to listen, is employed many times in varying contexts. This theme is developed throughout the story as the narrator learns to listen more closely to the aural stimuli (or sounds) which enter his ears. In order to understand the narrator's heightened degree of perception as it unfolds in "Sonny's Blues", it is necessary to begin with a thorough discussion of hearing and listening in general, and then as they relate to the story....   [tags: Sonny's Blues Essays]

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Analysis Of James Baldwin 's Sonny 's Blues

- The central theme of suffrage is presented in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” that portrays different roles of Christianity. The revival taking place in the short story symbolizes the narrator’s reawaking to his life. Hymns reference throughout the story represent the language of emotions presented in the characters. The implication of “the very cup of trembling” exemplifies redemption. These three representations reveal the relationship between the theme of suffrage to Christianity. Baldwin portrays redemption from suffrage in the revival taking place in the story....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Emotion, Understanding]

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The Evolution Of Jazz Music

- The Evolution of Jazz Before I take this class, the jazz music is familiar as well as unfamiliar to me. I am pretty sure that I heard jazz performance at many times, but I cannot tell what jazz is. And there was a time when I thought jazz music was belong to the upper class, however I understand the jazz music is regardless of class and race, so much even it more tends to lower middle class. In the early of 19th century, the New Orleans was owned by the French, and due to the lax management, lots of African-Americans got away from slaveholder from America’s south....   [tags: Jazz, Blues, Miles Davis, West Coast jazz]

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The Lesson And Sonny 's Blues By Toni Cade Bambara

- Stories having similar characteristics are very common nowadays. While reading “the Lesson” and “Sonny’s Blues” it was apparent that the story was alike in many ways. I wonder how two separate stories could be so parallel, so I did some research on the authors. While researching the author of “The Lesson”, Toni Cade Bambara, I found out she was born in Harlem just like the main character, Sylvia, in her story. Like Bambara, James Baldwin, the author of “Sonny’s Blues”, was born in Harlem as well....   [tags: Protagonist, Character, Antagonist]

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Sonnys blues

- “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin relies on music to convey the theme of hardships for both Sonny and his older brother. The relationship between the two siblings is rocky. “I didn't write Sonny or send him anything for a long time.” said the older brother. Jazz is able to bring both of them closer together and have a better understanding of one another. With the older brother appreciating Sonny’s love for jazz it also allows him to the troubles in both their lives. Through Sonny’s music he was able to help his brother’s pain and in return his brother was able to help him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis of James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues

- James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues tells the story of the narrator and his brother and the hardships that they must endure. As Kahlil Gibran States “Out of suffering have emerged the strangest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars.” (Gibran). In that very quote the real light is shown as it informs the reader that with suffering comes growth and once the person whomever it may be emerges out of the darkness they may have scars but it has made them stronger. The theme of light and darkness as well as suffering play a vital part in this story....   [tags: Suffering, Father, Son]

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Illusion in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark and Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

- Illusion can be defined as a distortion of the senses, of reality, and the perception of a dream like world that consumes us. James Baldwin author of the short story “Sonny’s Blues” uses the unique creativity of illusion to therefore draw in his readers. He uses several literary elements including characterization, plot, and setting to express his elaborate use of illusion in this story. Likewise Nathaniel Hawthorne author of the most controversial short story “The Birthmark” also uses illusion to draw attention to an almost magical setting of mystery and morality....   [tags: illusion, theme, literary analysis]

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James Baldwin 's Sonny 's Blues

- I have never been the strongest writer. To be honest I was nervous about this course and how much writing was involved in it. With that being said, the research paper I wrote on James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”, was very challenging me. I am overall satisfied with my essay but feel if I had practiced better time management and spent more time analyzing it, the result would have been a more detailed and better organized essay. I put my essay in the Successful category, although I did meet the course outcomes in my paper, it contains grammatical errors and does not flow as well as an Exemplary paper would....   [tags: Writing, Essay, Short story, Scholarly method]

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The, Jazz And Blues, By Langston Hughes

- Langston Hughes is known for his contribution to the Harlem Renaissance and poetry. His poetry revealed the dignity and beauty in ordinary black life. His poetry made him one of the innovators of Jazz poetry. He is the very first African American writer in America to earn a living from writing. He writes about speaking out against the racial oppression he witnessed around him and how he was proud to be an African American. The Harlem Renaissance was a period in the 1920s when African American population had reached over one-hundred fifty thousand people....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes]

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sonnys blues

- At its best, James Baldwin's fiction is lyrical, intense, poetic, outrageous, improvisatory, brutal, and transcendent. The first time I read his short story, "Sonny's Blues," I was sitting in one of those massive chain bookstores, drinking coffee and trying to block out the pabulum coming from the Muzak. Imagine my surprise when I suddenly found myself choking back tears. The last three pages of "Sonny's Blues" are as good as it gets: Sonny breaks into a blistering piano solo, finally finding a voice for his repressed pain....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of James Baldwin 's ' Sonny 's Blues '

- Music for Life In 1924, James Baldwin was born during the Great Depression. By 1938, at the tender age of fourteen years old, young James became a Pentecostal preacher. However, in 1948 he renounced himself as a preacher and moved to Greenwich, New York. He was able to save enough money to move to Paris, France. James Baldwin became well known for his experience as a black male in America and also contributing heavily in the Civil Rights movement. James Baldwin 's’ story “Sonny’s Blues” is about a young black musician named Sonny from Harlem, New York, who becomes addicted to heroin and is arrested for the use and distribution of the narcotic....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Heroin, Morphine]

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James Baldwin 's Sonny 's Blues

- 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. The narrator is an algebra teacher preparing to teach his class. His class happens to be filled with majority young boys. He realizes that some of his students could someday end up like Sonny, considering the hardships that they had to go through as children growing up in Harlem....   [tags: Family, Sibling, English-language films]

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Analysis Of Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin

- In most short stories the entire plot progress within one area. The local and global settings do not change, but “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin is a little different. “Sonny’s Blues” follows an unnamed protagonist trying to reconnect with his younger brother Sonny, who struggles with heroin addiction. In the story, the Global setting of Harlem stays the same while the local varies from scene to scene. These changes in setting aren’t accidental. This was a conscious decision by Baldwin and it is the job of the reader to understand why the changes in the setting matter....   [tags: English-language films, American films, Fiction]

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The Between Blues And Jazz

- The interaction between Blues and Jazz can be discerned when the origins of both music are scrutinized. The development of one is hidden in the roots of one another and both use similar sound patterns for instance. In this paper the readers will be presented a brief history of Blues & Jazz within the similarities of the two. If we trace back to the history of Blues music, the impact of African-American tradition is seen quite apparently. Blues music evolved from the songs sung by West African griots, the southern Black American songs of sadness and despair, and more hopeful Christian spirituals....   [tags: Jazz, Blues, African American culture, Rock music]

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Short Fiction Stories: Sonny's Blues

- This is my first time to read “Sonny’s Blues”. I think the reason for this short fiction wrote successful is great in portray the character and story details. The author James Baldwin use great literary elements to depict the story’s develop. I want to analysis the title, plot and flashback use in this short fiction. The first thing we will do to read an article usually read the title. Also, the title may become the reason for us to start read an article. Like me, sometimes I watch a news title which is interested me then I will choose to read it....   [tags: analysis, music, drug use]

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Sonnys Blues

- Brothers tend to grow apart yet eventually find a way to revive an old beat up relationship. These brothers grew up on the rough streets of Harlem and went their separate ways. Sonny was a drug-addicted musician and his older brother was a high school algebra teacher with a family. The way the two brothers reunite through addiction, memories and strife make their bond seem stronger than ever. Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin, is a story about enlightenment through brotherhood when Sonny and his brother go to the club....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jazz Music : Blues And Ragtime

- The evolvement of jazz throughout the years has been an interesting one. Blues and Ragtime are just two simple innovations that has allowed for many variations in the jazz genre. Both of these genres have their similarities and differences in how they influenced jazz music through: improvisation, syncopation, and experimentation. Ragtime and Blues are different in that they originated from different places. Blues developed in the south. Blues is mainly a vocal music. It was emotional, in that the earliest form was singing and hand clapping....   [tags: Jazz, Blues, Music, Jelly Roll Morton]

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Analysis Of James Baldwin 's ' Sonny 's Blues '

- James Baldwin’s main theme used in nearly all of his literary works relates to identity, race relations in the United States, human suffering and the function of art (Reilly, J. 1970). These elements are illustrated throughout his short story “Sonny’s Blues” with his vivid imagery and metaphoric relation to darkness, anxiety and anger. He wrote about things that were important to him at the time, like racism and struggles of inequality. One of his most powerful statements was cited in James Baldwin, America and Beyond (Kaplan, C & Schwarz, B....   [tags: African American, Race, English-language films]

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Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

- "Sonny's Blues" If you were not able to talk to anyone, nor did people want to listen to what you have to say, would that affect you. In the short story, "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin, Baldwin writes about two brothers, Sonny and the narrator, who lose communication between one another because Sonny goes to prison. The narrator, having to make a promise to their mother before her death, was to take care and watch over his young brother Sonny no matter what. This turned out not to be the case and the narrator did not pay much attention to his brother's goals as well as doings....   [tags: American Literature]

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Relationship Between Blues and the Working Class in Ishmael Reed's Blues City

- Ishmael Reed, in ‘Blues City’ gives an account of the realms of ethnic diversity, cultural rivalries, the capitalism philosophy, and the interrelationship between blues and the working class. Oakland, often viewed as a sister to San Francisco across the Bay, is one of the most unique cities in the America. It is the home to dozens of artists, blue-collar workers, the Black Panther community, and a vibrant rustic and yet industrial town. Due to Oakland's bad reputation, Reeds in 1979 expressed his reservations when his shallow pockets forced him and his wife to find a house in Oakland....   [tags: cultural diversity, black panthers, oakland]

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Light and Dark in the Book Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

- ... When he was released from prison his brother was there to meet him. He finds his reemergence into the world through his love for music. For Sonny, music is his guiding light. From the beginning, the narrator introduces the imagery of light and dark that will come to be the dominating theme of the story. In the first scene, the narrator is contemplating Sonny's fate in the dark subway. The "swinging lights of the subway car" allow him to read about Sonny's arrest, while the "darkness roared outside" (91)....   [tags: positive, struggle, drug, character]

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Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

- W.H. Auden wrote the poem, “Funeral Blues”. Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) was born in York, England, and later became and American citizen. Auden was the founder for a generation of English poets, such as C. Day Lewis, and Stephen Spender. Auden’s earlier works were composed of a Marxist outlook with a knowledge of Freudian Psychology. Later works consisted of professing Christianity, and what he considered “increasing conservatism”. In 1946 Auden emigrated and became an American citizen. While in America he composed many verse plays, travel memoirs, and Opera lyrics....   [tags: Funeral Blues W.H. Auden]

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Point of View and Theme in Sonny’s Blues

- In James Baldwin’s short story, Sonny’s Blues, he describes a story of pain and prejudice. The theme of suffering makes the readers relate to it. The story is told in the realistic point of view of Sonny’s brother. The setting and time of the story also has great significance to the story. From beginning to end, the story is well developed. The short story is narrated by Sonny’s older brother. He is a school a responsible school teacher, with a family of his own. The story begins by the brother, whose name is unidentified in the story, finding out that his young brother Sonny got arrested for possession and selling drugs, specifically heroin....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Hugh Laurie, Acting the Blues Genre

- Many people may know Hugh Laurie from the popular American TV show "House M.D.." In the show "House M.D.", Laurie plays a sarcastic doctor that treats patients who have difficult health problems which have not been able to be treated by other doctors. The TV show "House M.D." was at one time the most popular TV show in the world (Green 2). Despite Laurie’s enormous fame in the area of his acting career, there is another area in which Laurie has made a great contribution to that is not as widely known....   [tags: house m.d., music, singer ]

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Jazz: Still Got the Blues?

- The interaction between Blues and Jazz can be discerned when the origins of both music are scrutinized. The development of one is hidden in the roots of one another and both use similar sound patterns for instance. In this paper the readers will be presented a brief history of Blues & Jazz within the similarities of the two. If we trace back to the history of Blues music, the impact of African-American tradition is seen quite apparently. Blues music evolved from the songs sung by West African griots, the southern Black American songs of sadness and despair, and more hopeful Christian spirituals....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Analysis Of `` Sonny 's Blues `` By James Baldwin And The Novel `` Battle Royal ``

- Imagine you’re confined to a wooden box where you’re only allowed tiny amounts of movements but your arms and feet are free of clutches and there is a few holes on the top surface of the box so you are allowed to breathe. How free are you. In the short story, “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin and the novel “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison we are spectators of ‘Black Oppression’. Where the Blacks regardless of the abolition of slavery, are still mentally enslaved and physically limited to any kosher manifestation of success without the sway of the Whites....   [tags: Black people, Racism, Short story, Harlan Ellison]

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The Presence of Darkness in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- The Presence of Darkness in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues In the story Sonny's Blues the author, James Baldwin, uses the image of darkness quite frequently. He uses it first when the older brother (main character) talks about his younger brother Sonny. He says that when Sonny was younger his face was bright and open. He said that he didn't want to believe that he would ever see his "brother going down, coming to nothing, all that light in his face gone out." Meaning he had gone from good (clean and innocent) to bad ( giving into drugs like so many of the other young people)....   [tags: Sonny's Blues Essays]

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- Internet Marketing Being a writer isn’t a complicated task, but being a messageful writer requires lot of experience and inner self-presentation. James Baldwin was a very great writer. He expresses his inner feeling into his writing, which makes him true writer. When ever he wrote something always contain some kind of message. Most of his writing about African American culture where he raised. His writing tells the story of pain. He painted cruel history of black community into his writing. His writing contains lot of pain and anger, which could only describe by his writing....   [tags: BTEC Business Management Marketing GCSE]

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The Escape Theme in Sonny’s Blues and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

- Escape in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Both the narrator in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain feel the urge to escape from their reality as a means of attaining happiness and finding their way in life. However, their reasons for escaping are completely different and so are the ways in which they manage to do so. The aim of this essay is, therefore, to discuss the how and why the Narrator in “Sonny’s Blues” and Huck escape....   [tags: Sonny’s Blues The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]

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Drugs and Musicians in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

- When first reading “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, it may initially seem that the relationship between musicians and drugs is synonymous. Public opinion suggests that musicians and drugs go hand and hand. The possibility lies that Sonny’s passion for jazz music is the underlying reason for his drug use, or even the world of jazz music itself brought drugs into Sonny’s life. The last statement is what the narrator believes to be true. However, by delving deeper and examining the theme of music in the story, it is nothing but beneficial for Sonny and the other figures involved....   [tags: Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin, drugs, music,]

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A Documentary On Blues Like Showers Of Rain

- For my written assignment I decided to write about a documentary on Blues music. The documentary is called Blues Like Showers of Rain. Blues Like Showers of Rain was filmed by John Jeremy and was released in 1970. The background information for this film came from Paul Oliver 's personal collection of photographs and field recordings. This document displays the blues in rural, black, southern communities, primarily along the Mississippi Delta in Texas. In the beginning of the documentary someone says “Not very much of songs that negro got from whites because negro people always was the singing type of people” (John Jeremy)....   [tags: Blues, Guitar, Rock music, Jazz]

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Muddy Waters

- Blues as an art form gave Blacks a medium to manifest their feelings. Feelings ranging from humorous to silly to depressed. Fortunately for a entire genre of music, the only way for Mckinley Morganfield to express himself was through song. Morganfield better known as Muddy Waters became a legendary blues vocalist /guitarist. When the Blues industry saw commercial success many of its artists also saw rising fame. Muddy Waters enjoyed success in the industry up until and even after his death in 1983....   [tags: Blues Music]

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The Blues Music

- Different from other forms of music, blues was only recorded by memory and passed down through generations through live performances. The blues began in the North Mississippi Delta post Civil War times. It was heavily influenced by African roots, field hollers, ballads, church music and rhythmic dance tunes called jump-ups. This eventually developed into music that was set up in a call-and- response way so that the singer would sing a line and he would then respond with his guitar. The blues, a uniquely American art form, was born on the dusty street corners of the Deep South in the late 1800s....   [tags: american art, music]

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The Blues

- The Blues I. Introduction Today's forecast; gloomy, and there is no sunshine in sight. If you had any form of depression, that is what it would seem like everyday. Depression is defined as a total body illness that affects a person's thoughts, feelings, behavior, physical health and appearance. It affects all areas of a person's life, including a person's home, work, school, and social life. Depression is a real illness, and it's described as a feeling of sadness, worthlessness, or gloominess that can last from several months, to several years....   [tags: Papers]

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The Inevitability of Suffering in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- The Inevitability of Suffering in James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues Everyone likes to feel safe. We try to protect ourselves and those we love, to make them feel safe as well. The idea conveyed about safety in James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" is that there is no such thing. The narrator of this story had thought that his brother Sonny was safe. Or at least, that was what he had made himself believe. "I told myself that Sonny was wild, but he wasn't crazy. And he'd always been a good boy, he hadn't ever turned hard or evil or disrespectful, the way kids can, so quick, so quick, especially in Harlem....   [tags: Sonny's Blues Essays]

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Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral

- Poverty in Everyday Use, Sonny's Blues, and The Cathedral Works Cited Not Included Comparing ?Everyday Use?, ?Sonny?s Blues. and ?The Cathedral?, one can conclude that they share a common meaning. Although all three stories consider poverty as their theme, each chooses to elaborate it in a different manner. In fact, ?Everyday Use. emphasizes on the state of extreme poverty in which certain people live. On the other hand, ?Sonny?s Blues. contributes to the theme by describing the poverty of spirit of Harlem?s ?inner kids?....   [tags: Papers Everyday Sonny's Cathedral Essays]

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James Baldwin 's Sonny 's Blues

- On page ...of the class’s anthology there is a work by James Baldwin entitled Sonny’s Blues. What interests me about this work is the quote, “For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” In this connection, the question that I want to research is why would a man like James Baldwin represent a character like Sonny in Sonny’s Blues....   [tags: Fiction, Literature, Suffering, American films]

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"Sonny's Blues"

- The Evolution of a Relationship through Music In "Sonny's Blues", theme, form, and image blend into perfect harmony and rise to a thundering climax. The story, written in 1957 carries a vital social message for us today. It tells of two black brothers' struggle to understand one another. The older brother, a well-off Harlem algebra teacher, is the unnamed narrator. The younger man is Sonny, a jazz pianist who, when the story opens, has just been arrested for peddling and using heroin. In Sonny's Blues, chronological time is upset yet the author, Baldwin, allows everything to come together in the end....   [tags: American Literature]

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Family Relationships: Sonny Blues by James Baldwin and I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

- In the two texts “Sonny Blues” by James Baldwin and “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, the authors focus on relationships between family members. The stories are narrated by the brother in “Sonny Blues” and mother “I Stand Here Ironing”, therefore the story are only told through the point of view of the family member. Olsen conveys to readers that the mother does not have control over how her daughter, Emily, is raised and the internal conflict that comes along with mother. However, Baldwin shows a lack of family ties between Sonny’s and his brother....   [tags: family, relationships, emily]

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Son House : A Famous American Blues Singer And Guitarist

- Vin Signorile MU 290-50 Professor Muller September 16, 2015 Son House Son House aka Edward James House, Jr. was a famous American blues singer and guitarist. He was born March 21, 1902 in Lyon, Mississippi on the Mississippi River Delta on a plantation where he lived for a while. He died October 19, 1988 in Detroit, Michigan at age 86 from Alzheimer’s disease. He was known for his “highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing” (BBC 1). He did not start out as a singer and guitarist....   [tags: Blues, Guitar, Slide guitar, Muddy Waters]

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Sonny's Blues

- Discuss place and how James Baldwin uses elements of setting to convey Sonny’s Blues’ larger message or theme. Establishing and maintaining a certain identity mostly depends on the setting. The setting allows us to analyze someone at a deeper level. Considering the time, place and the circumstances around under which they respond allows us to explore them and determine their identity. In the short story “Sonny’s Blues”, James Baldwin conveys the message of how one goes about establishing and maintaining their identity on different levels by using elements of setting....   [tags: James Baldwin]

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Famous American Women's Song for the Blues

- Song for the Blues The "blues" is a form of music that tells of human suffering. As the saying goes, "You gotta pay the dues if you wanna sing the blues." In no other way than persevering the suffering of abandonment, separation, divorce, infidelity, loss, alcoholism, and prejudice could Jackie Kennedy, Bessie Smith, and Mahalia Jackson have inspired the powerful empathy of a nation. "We rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." This biblical scripture personifies the lives of Jack8ie Kennedy, Bessie Smith, and Mahalia Jackson....   [tags: Jackie Kennedy Bessie Smith Mahalia Jackson]

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“Sonny’s Blues “ - Follow Your Dreams

- The story “Sonny’s Blues “is about two brothers that deal with racism. In dealing with their issues they both suffer and survive in their family and community. Their stories are a strong impact on their character and how they deal with their pain. Sonny chooses a more damaging means of racism, such as drug addiction to heroin; although, he does find a better choice music. The older brother, the narrator, James Baldwin, goes to college to become a teacher, and give back to his community in Harlem....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Rhythm and Blues- R&B

- Rhythm and blues, also known as R&B, is something that I really enjoy. I am a singer and along with country music, R&B is my favorite thing to sing. With rhythm and blues, there is a song for every emotion, so most of the time the songs can be very relatable. The songs have a variety of subjects like sex, work, and even drinking. In this paper I will briefly discuss how rhythm and blues started, how it evolved into today’s music and why I like it so much. “Rhythm and blues is a combination of soulful singing and a strong backbeat” (Cahoon, 2004)....   [tags: Misuc Industry, Genre, Atlanta, Georgia, Music]

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Addiction 's Grip On Sonny 's Blues

- Addiction’s Grip on Sonny It was the emptiness. It wasn’t that I needed it to make me better at something, it wasn’t that it calmed me down, or that it made think better, it was the emptiness that made me go back, the need to fill a void with something, anything. My struggle with depression and mental illness is what led me to my addiction, just as it was for Sonny. There was an undying need to feel something more, to stop the depression, the anxiety. I took that first pill at 16, and it still hasn’t left my body....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Heroin, Mental illness]

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Individualism in Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken, Zalman King's In God's Hands and James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues

- Individualism in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," Zalman King's "In God's Hands" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" Every society has certain values and generally accepted ways of living that are considered normal. These principles are what keep societies organized and orderly. Conforming to these principles, however, is not necessarily the road to happiness for every individual. The main character, Shane, in In God’s Hands, Sonny, in Sonny’s Blues, and the speaker in The Road Not Taken, all choose not to live by what is considered normal, or popular, and are able to find happiness by living as individuals....   [tags: Frost Road King Hands Baldwin Blues Essays]

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Sibling Influence in The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich and Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

- The family unit has always been an integral part of every person’s development. Naturally, the parental figure plays an overwhelming influence in the maturity of the child, but sibling interaction can be just as great. Often sibling rivalry, or alliance, outlines this connection as a person carves a path into social peer groups. This articulation of sibling influence can be understood by examining the short stories “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, both accounts of brotherly experience shown through separation and drug abuse....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Bessie Smith : The Prince Of The Blues

- Bessie Smith was born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She later in life became known as the “Empress of the Blues”. At the age of eighteen she being traveling with a group by the name of Moss Stokes Company. While with the group she met Ma Rainey who also became a friend and mentor to her. After traveling with the group, in 1923 she was discovered by Columbia Records. After signing with Columbia, she released her first song Downhearted Blues. The song Downhearted Blues went on to sale over 800,000 copies and became one her most popular songs....   [tags: Blues, Jazz, Bessie Smith]

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The Weary Blues By Langston Hughes

- "The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes outlines Hughes type of writing in an energetic beat. Hughes is known for his lyrics about the accounts of African American lives amid the many years of the most recent century. His verse is normally effortlessly comprehended and straight forward to the point. However, it could be analyzed in three different theories; New Historicism, Post-Colonial Criticism, and Queer Theory. “The Weary Blues” is a verse ballad with two voices. The focal story voice portrays an African American or Negro, in this 1923 sonnet, in Harlem, New York, who is watched singing and playing a soul number....   [tags: African American, Langston Hughes, Gender role]

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The Use of Stylistic Devices in James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues and Raymond Carver’s Cathedral

- James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues’ and Raymond Carver’s ‘Cathedral’ are two stories which bring out several similarities concerning thematic issues and use of various stylistic devices. Studying the two stories closely enhances the reader to gain essential understanding on the issues being raised such as internal and external conflicts affecting the characters. Although the plots of the two stories are different, their development in terms of characterization, style and themes is more or less the same as there are noticeable similarities....   [tags: narrator, flashbacks, misconceptions ]

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Black, Blues, and Jazz

- Society is made up of individuals – individuals with passions, dreams, fears, and regrets. The society where Sonny existed was hell to say the very least. They lived in the shadow of two wars: one where both brothers served for their country and the one that each man must fight from within. Both brothers survived the Second World War but no one knows the outcome of the wars that rage inside. The Second World War caused people grief and suffering but I think that both brothers experienced more pain with their internal conflicts....   [tags: Social Issues, Drug Abuse]

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The Lesson And Sonny 's Blues By Toni Cade Bambara

- Many stories today have similar characteristics. While reading “the Lesson” and “Sonny’s Blues” it is clear that the stories are alike in several ways. I wondered how two separate stories written by two different authors could be so parallel, so I did some research on the authors. While researching I found out that the author of “The Lesson”, Toni Cade Bambara, was born in Harlem just like the main character, Sylvia, in her story. In an interview, Bambara talked about women in her neighborhood that influenced her literature....   [tags: Difference, Short story, Similarity, Protagonist]

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Themes of Family Happiness Discussed in Daddy, Sonny's Blues and On Going Home

- Family plays a key role in all societies and cultures, and happiness is the direct result of the love within a family. The text discussed in the family theme has portrayed examples of both happy and very unhappy families. Three pieces of literature that discuss themes pertaining to the happiness and well-being of a family are Daddy, Sonny’s Blues, and On Going Home. While some of the themes raised in these works such as forgiveness and unconditional love are vital in order for families to be happy, themes involving change and loss are most certainly not necessary in contributing to a family’s happiness....   [tags: Daddy, Sonny's Blues, On Going Home]

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Relocation Blues and Deliberate Indifference

- Gender conflict is an issue that still exists within our society, long after the days of the Women’s Rights Movements and the division of career opportunities amongst men and women. While many times women are the ones facing obstacles, there are several instances in which the U.S. Prison System has made it harder for men to deal with their convictions. In Joanne Mariner’s article, “Deliberate Indifference,” she thoroughly describes the horrendous acts of rape and assault that occur within prison cells across the country....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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The Rhythm and Blues (R&B) Is a Type of Music

- Objectives This research paper aims at exposing and making awareness of the meaning of rhythm and blues as a type of music. It also aims at creating a clear and deeper understanding of this type of music, the nature, the style and the vocals involved. It may be very relevant to those who aims at soaring in this art but lacks understanding of what it entails. It will also be informative to those who like this kind of music, but lacks deeper understanding of the music. The research will be through research from books, journals and websites....   [tags: music, style, vocals, art]

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