James Baldwin is known as one of the leaders of the movement against the racism that runs rampant in America. Through his writings he confronts the realities of growing up and living as first, a black person and second, a gay male. Long before such issues were heard above a whisper, he was presenting fictionalized characters that were living the lives no-one was willing to talk about. This 15 page paper argues that in looking specifically at the short story, Sonny's Blues, the author is presenting the past from the perspective of the present in order to understand his own feelings concerning the role of a father. Bibliography lists 10 sources.


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