In Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin,Sonny's brother discovers that he has been arrested for possession of drugs.He reminisces on their past as children and can only imagine how his students could probably be doing the same things Sonny was. Sonny's brother has never accepted Sonny's way of life.He believed that the right way of life was to get an education and a good career.Sonny lived his life on drugs and with the dream of being a musician.Sonny and his brother were complete opposites which was a problem for their relationship.When his daughter dies,he finally decides to get in communication with Sonny. Music is a very important theme in Sonny's blues. Sonny's brother always had a difficult time understanding why Sonny would want to grow up
He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946” (p. 38) Holden refers to his brother multiple times in the novel, showing how much impact Allie had on his life. Holden still will not believe that his brother is truly gone, an unhealthy feeling for such an adolescent. He still continues to talk to his brother, especially when he is depressed and longs for the “good old days” when his brother was
He’s also Sonny’s brother. Through the narrator we get to see how Sonny's drug addiction affects those around him and how difficult it is for someone who isn't a musician to understand what motivates someone who is. It's almost necessary that we hear the story from the narrator, since Sonny would have been an unreliable narrator himself (Negro American Literature Forum). In many ways the narrator is the voice of reason throughout the story. He tries to get Sonny to think about his future and he basically becomes Sonny's father figure once their parents have passed away.
The value of a man's fathers name is very important to the men in this time period. In my perspective if a person had a well respected father and was well known and he stated his name, people would like you better. ''So the living sorrow of Healfdanes's son/Simmered, bitter and fresh, no wisdom(104-105)''. This quote is talking about Hrothgar. Instead of just saying Hrothgar they state his father's name and add son to the end
Page 18 of Brothers and Keepers states, “Even as I manufacture fiction from the events of my brother’s life, from the history of the family that had nurtured us bothm I knew something of a different order remained to be extricated. The fiction writer was also a man with a real brother behind real bars. I continued to feel caged by my bewilderment, by my inability to see clearly, accurately, not only the last visit with my brother but the whole long skein of our lives together and apart.” Therefore since Wideman was accustomed to embellishment in his novels, he found himself fixing his errors. “This attempt to break out, to knock down the walls.” This passage shows the severity of how difficult it was for him to alter his ways. However, the importance of publicizing his brother’s tale was greater and succeeded that of his writing
Pre-reading Questions 1. Some connotations of the word “father” are: loving, courageous, proud, diligent, and supportive. 2. Children expect their fathers to be the central pillar that supports the whole family through even the hardest of times. Theme Paragraph for “The Father” In the short story, “The Father”, by Hugh Garner, the father (John Purcell) moves from being selfish and ignorant to realizing he is the one who has created a void between his son (Johnny) and himself.
Tragic Desire In Willa Cather’s short story “Paul’s Case”, Paul makes selfish adolescent decisions to feed his desire for a wealthy and upper class lifestyle. Paul’s struggles to break apart from what his life is and what he wants it to be. Paul’s family and mentors send him into a sea of lies and fables that he uses to create his perfect world. There is always something we may want and cannot have but we will make moves to try to achieve them. As Cather explains: “He had no desire to become an actor, any more than he had to become a musician… what he wanted was to see, to be in the atmosphere, float on the wave of it, to be carried out, blue league after blue league, away from everything” (Cather ).
From the opening pages, McCarthy depicts the love and protection the father has for his son as they continue their impossible journey. McCarthy successfully depicts this relationship’s growth, while writing the same high standards for despair that he is most known for. Through the “dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him” (3). In just the first sentence, McCarthy manages to outline the entire story. In a world that God has abandoned, where the sun no longer shines through the ashes, the hope that the father and his son will survive ultimately gives the reader something to look forward to.
Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in complete denial searching for his "American Dream," finds himself in a belated mid-life crisis. He never achieved the glorious existence as a salesman he had envisioned for himself, so he places all his hopes in his two sons, Biff and Happy. But because their father has infused them with the same fundamentally wrong sense of morality and of what is important in life that has delayed his own success and happiness, the sons find themselves equally trapped and suspended in time without the ability to succeed. Miller reveals Willy’s Struggle as the perfect father, his concerns in his image as a role model, and his controllable actions that misguides the downfall in his relationship with his