Analysis Of James Baldwin 's ' Sonny 's Blues '

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James Baldwin’s story “Sonny’s Blues” tells the tale of two African-American brothers trying to survive in 1950s America. Both struggle with darkness in their lives, from drugs to bottling up emotions. The following sources were found Literature Research Center’s website. Each of the four sources will be evaluated for the quality of their information, as well as their usefulness on the topic of darkness in “ “Sonny’s Blues”. Flibbert, Joseph. "Sonny 's Blues: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Ed. Noelle Watson. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Feb. 2016. Flibbert’s summary of “Sonny’s Blues” focuses on the suffering throughout the story, and how this pain affects both the characters and people in real life. The author discusses the darkness haunts the characters in the story, such as, “The darkness of the road Sonny 's uncle was killed...”. Flibbert also mentions that this darkness and suffering is both universal and especially related to the existence of African-Americans. Towards the end, Flibbert explains that, in order to overcome their struggles, Sonny and the narrator must face the suffering; Sonny faces his demons through music, while the narrator inadvertently faces his emotional struggles during Sonny’s performance. Flibbert’s analysis is useful to my paper about “Sonny’s Blues” because a large part of his work focuses on the darkness in “Sonny’s Blues.” As my topic is the importance of the transition from darkness to
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