The following quotation, which appears in an annotated bibliography and is in reference to an article by Susan Robbins entitled "Anguish and Anger" that appeared in the Virginia English ulletin in 1986, demonstrates this fact.
Compares James Joyce's "Araby" and James aldwin's "Sonny's lues" in relation to the theme, "Anger and anguish are the fires that burn away innocence…" (59). Sonny gains his freedom from anger and anguish through his music, through playing the blues, and his older brother comes to understand Sonny by listening to Sonny play the blues (Albert, 91)
The reference to anguish in this quotation is important because it demonstrates the feelings of hopelessness and despair that Sonny is enduring, and that others in his neighborhood and in all impoverished neighborhoods are enduring and attempting to overcome. The anger in this quotation is indicative of the type of reaction that Sonny has at the sense of…… [Read More]
James Baldwin. "Sonny's Blues."
Keith Richards. Life.
Question Under Investigation: hat is the relationship between music and drugs in James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" and why does the character of Sonny need the two things?
James Baldwin utilizes the concepts of music and drugs in a similar way, as a means by which the character of Sonny can escape from his real life which he find intolerable, as indicated in the very title "Sonny's Blues."
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Topic Sentence: Sonny has dreams of becoming a great jazz musician, a dream which had been quashed by his older brother who could not see how much the music meant to Sonny, which in turn led to depression and distress.
Major evidence: Sonny wants to play jazz music; gets indoctrinated into Harlem music scene and drug
c. The lack of support from his brother sends Sonny to other people for…… [Read More]
Importance of the humanities in the professions:
A comparison of "Paul's Case," Muriel's Wedding and Andy Warhol's rendition of Marilyn Monroe
The modern concept of 'celebrity' is that anyone can be famous, provided that he or she embodies an ideal of glamour, using material trappings like clothing and possessions to show his or her 'specialness.' This is a common method of 'selling' a particular product in business.
The idea is paradoxical -- on one hand, celebrities are special, on the other hand the media suggests everyone can be a celebrity and 'famous for 15 minutes' if they buy the right item.
This can be seen in "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, about a boy who feels as if he is above his classmates.
Paul desires to have a celebrity-like status, based upon his perceptions of himself as having innately refined tastes.
But this costs money, and Paul is unwilling…… [Read More]