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Sonny in James Baldwins Sonnys Blues And Emily in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily Have Instinctive Solutions To the Confines of A Complex World Both characters Sonny in James Baldwins Sonnys Blues and Emily in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily have instinctive solutions to the confines of a complex world Emilys father raises her properly and she must to continue this standard even after his tragic death In contrast to her situation Sonny grows up in a very different time and social class Expectations do not confine him as much as the negative temptations around him They unfortunately lose their parents who are very prominent in each of their lives Despite all their efforts their hopes for their children are not fate Because of the death of their parents they lack the direction and guidance they need and feel lost in a difficult world They feel pressure from people outside their lives and adapt to their environment While Sonny satisfies his emptiness with music then drugs then music again Emily must suppress her wants and her frustrations inevitably surface in a disturbing manner They are looking for a reality that is unobtainable through the methods they conceive The world around Emily is genteel though among all of the heritage and tradition it is not pristine The simplicity of tradition is controlling and restricting to her Her iron-gray hair is symbolic of her will to continue the illusion of her dignity She exhausts her memories and deserts any prior aspirations When she murders Homer she is not infatuated or in love with him it is not about him at all Clearly she is as desperate as Sonny is and her solution is both immature and unethical Sonny has the freedom
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