A Story in Black and Blue

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of James Baldwin’s short story, `Sonny’s Blues`, as a study in the relationship between two brothers and how they come to terms with their radically different philosophies of life.

`James Baldwin’s short story, `Sonny’s Blues,” (1957) is a study in the relationship between two brothers and how they come to terms with their radically different philosophies of life and the different “lifestyle”choices they have made. Both Sonny, the younger brother and the unnamed narrator of the story, the older brother, have markedly different ideas on what constitutes vocation, on the dangers of drugs, on the life of the African American in a predominantly white society, and on music and its meaning in life.”


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