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1 Max Joseph English 125: PTH1545G Instructor: David Moskowitz Literary Analysis December 7, 2015
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2 Sonny’s Blues is a short story which provides a look into the lives to two main characters, brothers separated by life choices, and a drug addiction which has divided them. Many elements are present within this text including; personal choices, beliefs, and emotions. Emotional turmoil, drug addiction, and familial ties can create tension in which relationships are strained beyond their normal means. Through this look into drug addiction and family relationships in Sonny’s Blues we can gather a better understanding of its true impact. Each element is important, and draws the reader in, allowing them an opportunity to consider how the information relates to their life, their previous experiences, wisdom, and/or understanding that can be applied to a situation they may be in today. Drug usage impacts many aspects of human life. Each person has been impacted somehow by its use, personally, by a family member, friend, or information, we’ve all had to face the impact that addiction causes. Sonny’s Blues details these struggles between two brothers, one with an addiction, serving time in jail, the other, a brother attempting to rekindle the relationship. In the opening of the story the reader meets Sonny’s brother, who has just discovered the
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3 headline the local newspaper about his brother’s arrest the night before. The older brother felt “gut wrenching sadness” and even other emotions related to his brother’s incarceration (Baldwin, 1985). Emotions can be the hardest aspect for many individuals to handle when a loved one is addicted. The brother chose a different path, and due to this he felt many different things, anger, sadness, and even hatred for the other local dealers. Emotional turmoil continued as he was speaking to one of Sonny’s acquaintances (a local drug dealer), in relation to Sonny’s possible future, the limited possibility of recovery, and release back into society. “What do you mean that’s all?” in that statement, many assumptions can be made regarding the older brother’s frustration, sadness, and anger (Baldwin, 1985). He hadn’t seen his brother in over a year, his brother is now facing jail time,
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