Sonny Blues Analysis

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“Sonny Blues” is a story of a stereotypical African American family. Authored by James Baldwin, his writing tells of a story behind the conception of blues musical style and its relation to African-American discrimination. Located in Harlem, Blues became popular in the 1920’s in New York. The town of Harlem is an African American community and home as well for promising artists like Sonny. On the other side of arts, Harlem is also labeled with drugs, gangs and crimes. In a time of racial hatred, the artists brought out never before heard of musical style through blues. Along with racial issues, the aim of this research is to consider the effect of restricted educational system based on limited resources.
Sonny is the younger brother of the
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In spite of the not too great of an admiration for their future son in law, they agreed to take Sonny in. At first, Sonny didn’t welcome the idea, however, after much prodding from the brother and with the mention of a piano in the household, he finally agreed (47). “At first, Isabel would write [the narrator] saying how nice it was that Sonny… is serious about… music… ” (47) and how everything seem to be working perfectly fine. Isabel’s family are considerably kind and considerate to accommodate Sonny. He’s plays the piano all day when he’s not in school. Although his musical “sound didn’t make any sense to [the family], Isabel and her family kept it to themselves. One day, Isabel’s mom got a letter from the school regarding Sonny’s absences. When Isabel’s mother confronted Sonny, they learned that Sonny have been spending time in “Greenwich Village, with musicians and other characters, in a white girl’s apartment”. Out of rage, Isabel’s mom express her frustration by stating the “sacrifices they were making to give Sonny a decent home...” (48). That was the end of his stay with Isabel’s family and he left without telling anybody. Aside from a Greece postcard, the next …show more content…
Among the Presidential candidates namely Trump, Sanders and Clinton; Trump is shown to be the most conservative among the group when it comes to individual rights, domestic issues and economic issues (Presidential Candidates). Unlike Sanders and Clinton, Trump supports vouchers for school choice. This is an important factor for kids like Sonny whose talent can be recognized and developed in the right school environment. His aim to “let parents decide which schools are best for their children” (On The Issues). Trump advocates the right to school choice. The government regulation limits the school district according to where one resides. Using Harlem as an example, since Sonny is considered to be a Harlem resident, therefore, he goes to Harlem school district. According to Trump, “politicians should open the schoolhouse doors and let parents decide which schools are best for their children” (On the Issues). Given such school options, kids like Sonny may opt to choose specialty schools that are limited to the privileged. Such privileged group refers to those who live in affluent communities where the public school system is considered to be of high standards. Further, Trump supports “comprehensive education instead of limiting subjects” (On The Issues). “Comprehensive education” is described as dissolve[ing] the lines between