It has been said that in life all a person needs is one person to believe in you or impact you to make a difference in one’s life. In the two short stories: Sonny’s Blues and The Garden Party, two contrasting characters had been impacted by another character in each story. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin and The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield are very different but they have many similarities. The Garden Party is about the Sheridan family who come from an upper class family in 20th century New Zealand, who are holding a garden party. Sonny’s Blues on the other hand is about a man that is in prison for a heroin addiction and is a story based in Harlem New York, a predominantly black neighborhood in New York City that was notorious for poverty, crime and substance abuse. The characters both come from very different walks of life, and both come from very different cultures, yet they are both similar in other ways. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin and The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield are very different but they both have secondary characters that exert influence in their stories.
First of all, in the story Sonny’s Blues, Sonny exerted influence into the life of his brother (who is the unnamed narrator) in the story. The story is about two brothers that have two very different lives. The older brother (which is the unnamed narrator), is an algebra teacher, while his younger brother named Sonny is in prison for selling and using heroin. Both Sonny and his brother lead