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A Comparison of the Narrator in Sonny's Blue By James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain
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Both the narrator in Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain feel the urge to escape from their reality as a means of attaining happiness and finding their way in life However their reasons for escaping are completely different and so are the ways in which they manage to do so The aim of this essay is therefore to discuss the how and why the Narrator in Sonnys Blues and Huck escapeWe will start by briefly looking into both characters backgrounds in order to be able to understand the reasons and circumstances that led them to escape First it is worth mentioning that while Sonnys Blues takes place in New York in the mid 20th century The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is mostly set in the Mississippi River as it runs deep into the south before the American Civil War in the mid 19th century Despite the fact that the Narrator in Sonnys Blues and Huck belong to different places and times both societies in which they live are plagued with discrimination against black people who are regarded as second class citizens having to endure violence and injustices from the white community Both characters belong to low social class families However the Narrator in Sonnys blues is a black middle aged well educated man who has a family whereas Huck is a white child of about 12 years of age who is uneducated and does not have a family Pap the village drunkard and Hucks only blood bond is an absent parent who only comes back to town when he learns that his son has become richGiven a short account of their social backgrounds it is not surprising that they be driven by different urges to escape the situation in which they are On the one hand the Narrator in Sonnys Blues is evidently trying to escape the black peoples burden which is illustrated
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