As discussed in our lecture about Baldwin, his goal was to accurately portray the African American Experience of his time and place – Harlem in the early to mid-20th Century. The notion of accurate portrayal took on the same weight with Baldwin as it did with Ernest Hemingway when he was writing “Hills Like White Elephants.” Both of these authors strode to create stories that got to the truth. For Baldwin, getting to the truth was not simply a matter of exploring the truth of his main characters; the goal was to select characters and situations that would paint a larger picture that gave the reader insight into the African American experience and the struggle before the civil rights movement and integration.
Initial Post Instructions
With “Sonny’s Blues” we have complex characters who, in one case, served the county in uniform and came home to raise children; in Sonny’s case, that homeward journey led to addiction and a love of jazz.
What does Sonny’s experience symbolize in the face of his brother’s? Is he responsible for his own addiction? Is his love of jazz music a distraction that he should do his best to overcome? Or is Baldwin using the character of Sonny, his addiction, and his talent to point to something larger that was taking place in the African American society of his time?
We’ve seen the short story come in multiple forms as we have made our way through the term. Style has led us from stories as wide ranging as “The Young Goodman Brown,” to “Hills Like White Elephants,” to “Snow.” Not only have the plots of these stories and the authors writing styles varied greatly, but also so did the way in which they used the short story form. Think back to our discussion of Joe Sacco’s “Refugeeland.” Sacco was not only using the graphic novel style, he was using text that seemed better suited to a travel brochure or a television promo than one that accurately described the fate of the Palestinians. And yet, the end result of juxtaposing image and words was far more powerful than a straightforward approach detailing facts.
Initial Post Instructions
With Gilman, once again we have an author playing with form. For this discussion question, address the following:
Why Work with Us
Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers
We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.
Professional and Experienced Academic Writers
We have a team of professional writers with experience in academic and business writing. Many are native speakers and able to perform any task for which you need help.
Free Unlimited Revisions
If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.
Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee
All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.
Original & Confidential
We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.
24/7 Customer Support
Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.
Try it now!
How it works?
Follow these simple steps to get your paper done
Place your order
Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.
Proceed with the payment
Choose the payment system that suits you most.
Receive the final file
Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.
No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.
No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.
Admission Essays & Business Writing Help
An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.
Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.
If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.