Student’s Name: Professor’s name: Affiliated Institution: Date: “Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin “Sonny’s Blues” is a short story authored by James Baldwin and was set in New York in the early 1950s. James Baldwin meticulously narrates about two brothers who have diverse approaches to their dismal lives in the ghetto streets of Harlem. Specifically “Sonny’s Blues” is a narrative concerning the sufferings encountered by the black Americans who are hampered by unemployment imprisonment discrimination substandard living and even suicides. Baldwin expresses his thoughts about human suffering through the troubled relationship between two Black American brothers who live in a rough city where everyone is struggling for hope. The short story is narrated through the lens of an unnamed man who happens to be Sonny’s elder brother. The narrator who is Sonny’s elder brother has a career in teaching while his younger sibling Sonny explores a career in Jazz Music. of trouble. In the end the touch of musical appreciation weaves the two brothers and the community together and in harmony. It is through music that the marginalized are able to express their repressed feelings of love and hatred which could explain the origin of the Black music and artistry. Works cited Baldwin James. "'Fifth Avenue Uptown' by James Baldwin." Esquire.com. 1 July 1960. Web. 1 March 2015. Baldwin James. “Sonny's Blues.” Reading and Writing about Literature 2nd ed. Ed. Phillip Sipiora. Boston MA: Pearson 2002: 79-99. Print. Reilly John. “’Sonny’s Blues’: James Baldwin’s Image of Black Community.” Negro American Literature Forum Vol. 4 No. 2 (Jul. 1970): 56-60. Print. Sherard Tracey. "Sonny’s Bebop: Baldwin’s ‘Blues Text’ as Intercultural Critique.” African American Review Vol. 32 No. 4 (Winter 1998): 691-705. Print. Sipiora Phillip. “Ethical Criticism.” Reading and Writing about Literature 2nd ed. Boston MA: Pearson 2002: 73-79. Print - [...]
Title: Research Essay on "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin Write a research essay (minimum 5 pages) on James Baldwin's “Sonny's Blues.” Your essay must use the sources from forums 1 - 5: Sipiora, Phillip. “Ethical Criticism.” Reading and Writing about Literature, 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2002: 73-79. Print. Baldwin, James. “Sonny's Blues.” Reading and Writing about Literature, 2nd ed. Ed. Phillip Sipiora. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2002: 79-99. Print. Baldwin, James. "'Fifth Avenue, Uptown' by James Baldwin." Esquire.com. 1 July 1960. Web. 1 March 2015. Reilly, John. “’Sonny’s Blues’: James Baldwin’s Image of Black Community.” Negro American Literature Forum, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jul., 1970): 56-60. Print. “Sherard, Tracey. "Sonny’s Bebop: Baldwin’s ‘Blues Text’ as Intercultural Critique.” African American Review, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Winter, 1998): 691-705. Print. The research essay must have an introductory paragraph that logically leads to a clearly defined and well-developed thesis or main idea that your discussion of the assigned sources from forums 1-5 will prove. Your body paragraphs must use details and examples from the assigned sources to develop your thesis toward a logical concluding paragraph that shows how your paper's discussion of the sources have resulted in proving your thesis. The forums are set up so you can start the research essay assignment by using all five of your forums in your paper. Add an introduction and thesis at the start of your paper, then add transitions/topic sentences between your discussion of each source, then a well developed concluding paragraph. Do not just copy and paste your forums, however. You will need to reword and make adjustments to the forums after you have put them in your paper in order to make sure they make sense and fit the college essay format. You will also need to write your essay for a general college educated audience, and not just this class or me as your audience. To be sure you include enough information in your paper and that it is written objectively and with enough detail, imagine you are trying to explain "Sonny's Blues" and all that you know about it from what you have learned in forums 1 - 5 to someone who has not read the story nor knows who James Baldwin was.