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

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James Baldwin was raised in poverty in Harlem where, at the age of fourteen, he became a preacher in the Fireside Pentecostal Church. After high school he decided to become a writer and with the help of the black American expatriate writer Richard Wright, won a grant that enabled him to move to Paris, where he lived most of his remaining years. He wrote a variety of novels mostly about the intellectual trials of black men in a white, racist society and homosexual themes. James Baldwin wrote “Sonny’s Blues” which was about the experiences he had with Sonny and he also learned many new things from both of his parents. The intended audience is towards people giving their loved ones a second chance. Sonny goes through addiction, he recovers from it and he tries to change his life around.
James Baldwin uses darkness and light multiple times throughout this writing. Darkness and light is used as a motif in “Sonny’s Blues.” A motif is a recurring pattern used in writing that means something. Darkness and light represent the good times and bad times. Light is the positive and darkness is the negative aspects of life. In the beginning of the story James Baldwin writes about not seeing Sonny in a while and starts to think about him while he is teaching. “I stared at it in the swinging lights of the subway car, and in the faces and bodies of the people, and in my own face, trapped in the darkness which roared outside.” This quote describes the way he feels about the city that he
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