Identity is an intrinsic idea of one’s life. Whilst there are no certainties, the struggle of identity often happens, and the conflicts may depend on the individual himself. The conflict may occur due to various factors in one’s background. These variables may cause noticeable damage to one’s mentality and psychology, and hence lead the individual to struggle with who they are. Among us, few are fortunate enough to born in the community with pre-awarded privileges that help us grow in this world while other work hard to get somewhere. The Authors, James Baldwin and Margaret Atwood accentuates the consequences of struggle that affects one’s identity in the “Sonny’s Blue” and “Happy ending”.
The authors highlight the struggle of the characters in search of self-identity under the circumstances of racism, fear and poor relationships. The characters struggle but find a salvation, comfort and after the shadow of darkness. They find the ease afterwards.and happiness is we land in. In the Sonny’s Blues, the author, James Baldwin writes about two African-American brothers growing up in Harlem, New York, during the 1950’s. During this time, the black people were forced to live in a world of prejudice, discrimination, poverty and suppression.
The life of a black person was very difficult and many opportunities afforded to whites were not afforded to blacks. Under these circumstances, the author, James Baldwin mentions that the suffering is the central component of the African American experience, and Harlem is portrayed as a trap, a place of violence. The author relates this experience to protagonist’s character and mention that he is haunted by the burden of being poor, black, and trapped within the confines of his community. The narrator repeatedly remarks on the barely concealed rage in the people around him as a way of showing both the internal and external conflicts that haunt the character. The author highlights that the fury and rage in the young generation because of the limited opportunities that came with being African American at that time but of life in Harlem. The author mentions that the city of Harlem plays an important role in the story, since it becomes a reason Sonny turns to drugs is to escape the feeling of being trapped by his surroundings. Baldwin describes the surrounding of Sonny as there are people suffering from poverty, prostitutes who have been beaten up walk the streets, young men feel the weight of limited possibilities, and “find themselves smothering in their houses”.
The limited resources and obstacles turn Sunny into what he is not. The narrator highlights that when Sonny and his brother are driving back to the apartment after Sonny gets out of jail, the elder brother starts to really think about the streets in this neighborhood where he and Sonny grew up:We hit 110th Street and started rolling up Lenox Avenue. And I’d known this avenue all my life, but it seemed to me again, as it had seemed on the day I’d first heard about Sonny’s trouble, filled with a hidden menace which was its very breath of life. In the example here the author mentions that the streets of Harlem have a life of their own and contain within them an inherent danger that lives just below the surface. This worries the Sonny’s brother, since he’s the one bringing Sonny back to this place, “back into the danger he had almost died trying to escape”. Far from being mere background, Harlem is as much a character in this story as any of the actual people.
The author conclude his story by stating that a nightclub in a Harlem brings comfort to Sonny where this place gives him a refuge to proof himself and make himself a recognizable identity. Sonny’s music offers him a chance at redemption, but at the same time it also threatens to destroy him. The music in the beginning cause him trouble, but Sonny suffers through tragedies of his life..
The bar place allows him to forget about the drug addiction and what awaits him outside and face his suffering head-on by losing himself in his music. Sonny becomes a celebrity in the club and the people there want him to be fine. He translates that suffering into an artistic expression that ultimately, even if only temporarily, redeems his audience. There is something heroic, almost Christlike, to the way Sonny offers himself up to his music.The author mentions that this music gives him an identity that now the people around him wants him to play the music because he is so good at playing. The club is like a tiny, shining light in the middle of the darkness that surrounds Sonny every day. The club brings him the love, happiness and comfort that he looks for. The fear and desolation extinguishes that threaten his existence.
On the other side, the Margaret Atwood in the “Happy ending” portrays the struggle and obstacles that someone’ experience using the tool of different plots. She explains that perfect life can be only be achieved following the version A of the story, but it seems almost impossible to be blessed with it in this world. Many of us have to pass through the obstacles and disappointment in order to achieve the success in life. Life does not come the way we want, but everything that happens in your life has a purpose and later you will see the results, from those things we learn and it helps us reach the life we want.
The author uses the example of metafiction in order to make the reader to think about the nature of the story. The author mentions the characters using different plot and let the reader to perceive what they get out of each story. Also, at the end of each plot Atwood leaves the readers with the question of what is the point of the story. There’s an emptiness felt after reading each plot. Why author wants to tell us the story?. The Atwood changes the scenario for plot to plot and play with the passionate involvement of betrayal, love and sex.
The author proclaims that things that we imagine does not goes the way we imagine in A, and their are many issues in our daily life that we struggle with. She mentions that without the struggle the characters we are incomplete and the only we can bring the happiness to our life is through helping ourselves. The author mentions that life does not treat us the way we want it. The author describes the character of Mary struggles in the plot B and she believes in what she predicts, but goes the wrong way and let her down on the path where she kills herself.