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Instructions: "Sonny's Blues"James BaldwinPre-Write: At the center of James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" lies an exploration of the theme---transcendence, that is one's ability to rise above adverse cond

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"Sonny's Blues"James BaldwinPre-Write: At the center of James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" lies an exploration of the theme---transcendence, that is one's ability to rise above adverse conditions in his/her own individual past. In a paragraph or two please respond to the following: Do you believe it is possible to rise above...totally cut-loose one's own past. For example, does an alcoholic ever stop being an alcoholic even if he/she has stopped drinking? To be posted in Forum.Text: Read Essay on the Harlem Renaissance (in Documents and resources).Read James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" (in text) and answer the following content questions:Setting: Identify textual warrants that depict how Baldwin paints his version of Harlem in this story--focus on imagery that deals with darkness or violence.Characters: Do a character profile (paragraph or two) on each of the principle characters in "Sonny's Blues"--the narrator and Sonny--what motivates these characters? What does each value? Do either "rise above his individual "Harlem" (adverse past) if so where do you see it in the story?Plot: This story is told in FLASHBACK---not chronologically. First, look up the literary term flashback. Then--deconstruct this story and re-assemble in true chronology---identify the 8 most important plot points and arrange them in chronological order. Complete this list (I'll give numbers 1 and 8):1. Narrator's uncle is killed out on that country road.2.3.4.5.6.7.8. Narrator goes to hear Sonny play (last 3 paragrapahs) he has an epiphany. (Now fill in #'2 2-6)Theme: Re-read that last scene. What does the narrator come to realize? What is Baldwin's prespective on "transcendence?" Does he believe we ever rise above our own individual "Harlems?"

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