Differences Between Sonny's Blues And Alice Walker

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African American Cultural Influence on an Author In James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," the irony and ambiguity in the Negro way of life can be found in the distorted concept of new found "freedom" that was granted to blacks during this time through the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation. Through these documents blacks were granted the right to be viewed as separate but equal to whites however, the promise of equality had not been realized and the oppression that continued and its effect on the black family and specifically sibling relationships can be seen in the works of both Baldwin and Walker The ambiguity lied in the promise of "separate but equal," which was really "separate…show more content…
In Walker’s story Dee is so far removed from her family and her sister that the story ends with no hope of resolution. While Dee is trying to forget her past and assume a new identity “Not Dee; Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo”, Maggie is happy with her heritage, in spite of her sister judgments and insults “You should try and make something of yourself Maggie… (Walker 1337) It’s a new day for us but you would never know that from the way you and mama live. The story ends with Dee leaving with her new clothes, new name, nose turned up, and a broken relationship with her family. In Baldwin’s story the narrator (Sonny's brother) initially sees little value in his Sonny however as the story progress he realizes that although Sonny may not have the education and material things that he has, he has a god giving valuable gift (Music) “freedom lurked around us ad I understood that he could help us be free if we listened (Baldwin 80).” And in spite of all the negative things that have occurred in Sonny’s life, through music he is able to rise above it all. This realization creates a newfound bond between the brothers and the stories ends with a promise of a new unbreakable
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