James Baldwin 's Connections With Sonny 's Blues

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James Baldwin’s Connections with Sonny’s Blues

On August 2, 1924, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood James Author Baldwin was born. Known as one of the most influential black writers of the twentieth century, James Baldwin wrote on real issues that many people faced in the United States during his time. His writing dealt with the reality of life and tangled with everything from human sexuality, race, and poverty. He was a great reflection of his time and his short story, Sonny’s Blues shows many remarkable connections with his life issues and experiences.

The setting of this story is placed in the mid-20th century in Harlem, New York. This is where James Baldwin is originally from. The format of the text allows the reader to see what life was like living in Harlem back then. During this time the United States was deep in the segregation of race. Harlem was a mostly an African American Project. A vast amount of its residents were either poor, homeless, or had drug related problems. At the beginning of the story, the Narrator’s brother Sonny, is arrested for both the use and distribution of heroin. The narrator whom is never named, is a public high school algebra teacher. He cannot help, but wonder what is in store for his students. He states, “These boys, now were living as we’d been living then, they were growing up with a rush and their heads bumped abruptly against the low ceiling of their actual possibilities.” (dfa) From the beginning of James
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