How would I go about writing a paper that requires me to use 2 themes from Sonny's Blue's by James Baldwin?The paper has to be 2-4 paragraphs and I'm not sure how to start this paper... any ideas...

How would I go about writing a paper that requires me to use 2 themes from Sonny's Blue's by James Baldwin?

The paper has to be 2-4 paragraphs and I'm not sure how to start this paper... any ideas at all?

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According to the eNotes site, the main theme presented in the novel Sonny's Blues is suffering. Other minor themes in the novel include race/racism and art/expression.

When writing a paper describing the themes from a text, one needs to examine how the these are presented. Take the theme suffering. What an essay would need to include is examples from the text where a character is shown suffering.

If you were to look at the theme of race and racism, you would look for symbols or examples which depicted race and racism. The focus of the essay would begin where the first racist actions (or comments) take place and the examples provided from there would stem from the initial act.

For help extra help in recognizing the actual themes in the text you can click on the link under the posting.

 

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