Sonny's Blues-1 - AMS 2030 Belgrad Discussion Question for...

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AMS 2030 Belgrad Discussion Question for James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” The narrator is Sonny’s older brother. What does he do for a living, and how does he describe it? What is Baldwin saying about the “American dream”? Sonny’s older brother is a school teacher in Harlem. This is not a wealthy part of town. He states that the boys he teaches are filled with rage and are growing up just as him and his brother grew up in Harlem. He describes the children he teaches as angry when he notices their cursing and mocking. This type of life is very different from the “American dream.” Though Sonny’s older brother has a job and a family, he works in a poor part of town. He describes the teachers as annoyed as he states “A teacher passed through them every now and again, quickly, as though he or she couldn’t wait to get out of that courtyard, to get those boys out of their sight and off their minds.” How does the narrator describe the housing project where he lives? What is its relationship to the suburban ideal? The narrator describes the housing project as new, but already run down. It was built
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