1 Literary Analysis Sonny’s Blues Literary Analysis Sonny’s Blues Darryl Dozier ENG 125: Introduction to Literature Instructor Robert Reeves January 9, 2017
2 Literary Analysis Sonny’s Blues Literary Analysis Conflict is part of everyday life. Trials and tribulations are what make and break everyone involved. A true testament of grit is what you do when faced with the opposition; this is what the story Sonny’s Blues portrays. In Sonny’s Blues, the narrator finally comes to terms with the harsh reality of what his brother was indeed dealing with, and he learns to appreciate the music his brother loved and used to calm him down to keep him grounded. This story showcases the struggles of African Americans in the United States and the detrimental effects of racism and classism placed on a family and the harsh reality portrayed living in Harlem and how music can be a driving vehicle for even the slightest hint of normalcy. The narrator of the story represents a stark contrast when it comes to his brother as far as personality is concerned. The narrator is an algebra teacher and a war veteran, married with a daughter his focus is family and his youthful days of adventure have long passed. As a result of his thought process, his personality emerges as someone who is regiment and rigid in his comprehension of what his brothers struggle. Due to his lack of understanding and disconnect from Sonny he does not communicate with his brother until he loses his daughter and finds out Sonny has been imprisoned. After he starts to write his brother Sonny during his incarceration,
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