An Analysis of the Trope of Exile in “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin This literary study will analyze the trope of exile as defined within the short story “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin. In Harlem, the problematic stereotyping of African Americans as corrupt musicians and delinquent deviants is present in the way that Baldwin’s narrates the trope of exile in Sonny’s older brother. In many ways, the metaphor of the black jazz musician becomes a dominant stereotype that white people have used to demonize the degrading lifestyles so assumed about African American men, which is then transferred to the older’ brother’s view of his brother as a social deviant. However, through the metaphor of music, race relations, and the unity of family,...The end:
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