Essay 2 .docx - 1 Agudo Catherine Agudo Professor Campbell ENG 1100C 12:15 Sonny’s Blues Light and Darkness A captivating story of a relationship

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1 Agudo Catherine Agudo Professor Campbell ENG 1100C 12:15 October 25, 2019 Sonny’s Blues: Light and Darkness A captivating story of a relationship between two troubling brothers in Harlem, "Sonny 's Blues" by James Baldwin is told from the perception of Sonny 's brother, whose name is never mentioned. Baldwin 's choice of Sonny 's brother as a narrator is what makes "Sonny 's Blues" significant in terms of illustrating the relationship and emotional complications of Sonny and his brother. Baldwin arranges the story’s events in a non-chronological order, doing so to build an understanding between the two brothers, where Sonny’s actions are the scope of the story. The symbolic motif of light and darkness that is constantly illustrated throughout the story helps support the theme of addiction to drugs, suffering, and music. In James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" the motif of light and darkness illustrates the painful nature of reality the two characters face as well as the power gained through it. The darkness represents the actuality of life on the streets of the community of Harlem, where there is little escape from the reality of drugs and crime. The opening paragraph of the short story mentions light and darkness imagery for the first time. The narrator states, “I stared at it in the swinging lights of the subway car, and in the faces and bodies of the people, and in my own face, trapped in the darkness which roared outside” (Baldwin 122). The darkness is the depiction of Harlem that the narrator and Sonny are trapped in; the physical, economic, and
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