Narrator in James Baldwin's 'Sonny's Blues'
An examination of Baldwin's exploration of the narrator's personality in 'Sonny's Blues.' Baldwin portrays a young African-American who has successfully assimilated into white society and contrasts this success with his brother's failure.
# 61184 | 954 words | 0 sources | 2005 |
Published on Sep 22, 2005 in African-American Studies (1870-1950) , Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)
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"Sonny's Blues" is a poignant portrayal of African-American life in the mid-twentieth-century. This paper explains that through the reactions of his narrator to the story's events, James Baldwin is able to illustrate the shared experiences of members of his race. The writer points out that the narrator's successful assimilation into mainstream society does not exempt him from the experiences shared by other African-Americans who have not been as able to escape their social roots.
From the Paper:"The main character of "Sonny's Blues" is Sonny's brother, the nameless narrator. An African-American living in mid-twentieth-century New York, he has obtained an education and a professional career, thereby assimilating into mainstream American society. Despite his success in conforming to the social norms of his time, he still is a member of an ethnic minority, and this membership colors his response to each of the main events in the story."
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