Analysis Of James Baldwin 's ' Sonny Blues '

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When we talk about darkness, it can have many different meanings. For example, darkness can mean shadow, sadness, wickedness, evil, iniquity, gloom, or without light. In the short novel Sonny Blues by James Baldwin, the word “darkness” appeared frequently throughout the reading. I think the significance of darkness of this particular situation of this book that Baldwin is trying to present is fear and suffering. It shows how the characters are in the state of panic and fear, of the situation they are in and all the sufferings they have to go through.
Connecting the Baldwin to the novel, Harlem; where the story takes place is Baldwin’s hometown. He was born in 1924 and he worked as a Pentecostal preacher during this teens. As a youth like Sonny in the novel, Baldwin also got himself involved in drugs, alcohol, violence, and crime. Baldwin graduated from high school in 1942 and he moved away from the influence of the church and found himself a job in New Jersey laying railroad track. This is when Baldwin first experienced racial prejudice for the first time in his life. He was denied service in restaurants and barred from the local bowling alleys. With many struggles and suffering, Baldwin lost his job and returned to this home town. In the story, Sonny lost both his parents. As for Baldwin, he lost his stepfather. To help support his mother and younger siblings, he work his hardest trying to feed the family and decided to become a writer.
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