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Down at the Cross and Sonnys Blues both by James Baldwin are more related than youd think And no not just because they are written by the same man but because Sonnys Blues really goes into depth of Down at the Cross Instead of talking about life in Harlem he shows it in a fictional way told by his own brother The point of both the essay and the short story is to give the reader a better understanding of what life was like for some people in the town In DATC Down at the Cross we followed Baldwins path now lets follow SonnysIn the short story Sonnys Blues Sonny was the youngest in his family When both parents died his older brother vowed to take care of him If he could lead himself in the right path he could lead Sonny as well Regrettably the younger brother goes where most black boys do the streets the drugs the violence He struggled but once he got out of rehab his older brother asked him a very serious question What do you want to do And Sonny replies Im gonna be a musician Baldwin 359 This is a very powerful quote mainly because it explains both of Baldwins powerful pieces though Sonnys Blues goes more in depth The violence and drugs portrayed in both pieces are a symbol of how bad the streets in Harlem can get for one person for Sonny it got bad and ended up almost dying It was good that he got help in time and he realized that he needed to turn his life around before getting killed Back then music particularly the blues was the solution During this time even though he grew up in a low-life type of area Sonny learned from his mistakes and continued on his path to a better and cleaner life However it DATC we dont really get the full gist of what the
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