Write a 3 page essay on Araby by Joyce and Sonny’s Blues by Baldwin.
Throughout “Sonny’s Blues” the narrator demonstrates significant chronological growth although the story is not presented in chronological order. Chronologically, the narrator shows that he is incapable of listening to his younger brother shortly after their mother dies which leads to a division between the brothers that proves difficult to overcome. This same characteristic is demonstrated in his unwillingness to consider the words of Sonny’s old friend after he learns of Sonny’s arrest toward the beginning of the story. However, the seeds of change are already planted in this encounter and hope for a different future is suggested in the narrator’s willingness to actually listen to Sonny in the end. Because of his previous inability to listen to others, the narrator created division between himself and his brother that prevented him from understanding the drug difficulties his brother was experiencing, yet his newfound willingness to try listening suggests hope for both brothers’ futures.
Character development is also a major component of “Araby” as the young narrator grows from viewing the world with the magical sight of a child to understanding that the real world of the adults is much less glamorous than he imagined.