Victorian Time Essay

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Grace Garvin English 4 Mrs. Korber Literary Response Sonny's Escape Sonny depended on his music as an escape. Sonny escaped to get away from Harlem and to have control in his life. Sonny says "It makes you-feel in control. Sometimes you got to have that feeling." (Henderson, Day, Waller 121) He was comparing the similar feelings that heroin gave him, the feeling he felt when he was playing music. Control was the key importance to Sonny, a person who felt that his life was being guided down a typical path for a black man living in Harlem. His addiction for heroin was as real as his addiction for his music.Sonny's brother did not see a future for Sonny as a musician. His brother took a long time to really understand Sonny's need for music. During the brothers sporadic relationship Sonny's brother saw "anguish" and a "trapped" look in Sonny's eyes (Henderson, Day, Waller 116). That look in Sonny's eyes was a result of living a strangled life in Harlem. For example Sonny's dreams was sidetracked by his use of heroin, which put him in jail. Hypothetically, if Sonny had the chance to live in Morningside Heights a rich upper class city neighboring Harlem, he probably would not have been introduced to heroin and its "evils." He was becoming a product of his surrounding environment.Garvin 2 To Sonny, Harlem, his hometown, was a constant reminder his past. The smell of the garbage was always lurking around the streets""" I'm sick of the stink of these garbage cans (Henderson, Day, Waller 117)." The smell of the streets of Harlem reminded Sonny of a time that his life was at a low point. Sonny describes a "stink" to be so powerful that it "locked" him in that world where he was trapped. The "stink" that was overpowering Sonny at his low point has both a physical and mental meaning to him (124). Sonny physically had a smell on him that was a result of him not showering and sweating from the drug he was on. Mentally the stench was a combination of all the bad decisions he made. Sonny wanted to get rid of his addiction to heroin so he ran as far as he could from Harlem, but when he returned, he could not change. The "stink" was not...

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