Theme Of Self-Actualization In Baldwin's Sonny Blues

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Maslow’s idea about self-actualization is being resilient by picking oneself up after facing adversities. He displays that even though people tend to get fearful because of their thoughts of change or ordeal they may face so they tend to not face their fears. However, it actually emerges a person’s growth as a person if they encounter them. Just like the author Baldwin in “Sonny Blues,” shows that Sonny did drugs and lost himself, but, he did not let that fear get in his way to become a Jazz musician. Instead, he used his adversities as a coping mechanism by expressing his suffering through music. Maslow states that “there may be a movement toward defense, toward safety, toward being afraid; but over on the other side, there is the growth choice.

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