James Baldwin'S "Sonny's Blues"

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Harrison's Blues There can be little doubt that the characters who are the most similar in James Baldwin's short story "Sonny's Blues", and in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s short story "Harrison Bergeron", are the title characters of each respective work. They both embody conceptions of youth within each story Sonny as the younger brother of the nameless narrator in Baldwin's tale, and Bergeron as the son of the George and Hazel Bergeron. In their own way, each is antisocial and engage in practices that are disapproved of by their societies. Sonny is struggling with a heroin addiction/habit, while Harrison has plans to overthrow the government. It is worth mentioning that Baldwin's tale is highly realistic and based upon the realities of the time period in which it was written (in the mid-20th century), while Vonnegut Jr.'s story is a satire that takes place in the late 21st century. However, the principle similarity between both characters is their power to invoke a startling change within their lives through their musical prowess. Both characters utilize music to display the best and the worst of their characteristics. Sonny is blues musician, who has struggled to have a relationship with his brother, the narrator, for most of the pair's adult life. The factor that significantly distanced the two, however, was Sonny's addiction to heroin. Although he claims that his propensity for the blues was not what should be blamed for his substance abuse, the fact still remains that drug
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