Please suggest a topic sentence for a "compare and contrast essay" on "Battle Royal" ( Ralph Ellison) and "Sonny's Blues"(James Baldwin).I am attending to a college, but I really don't understand...

Please suggest a topic sentence for a "compare and contrast essay" on "Battle Royal" ( Ralph Ellison) and "Sonny's Blues"(James Baldwin).

I am attending to a college, but I really don't understand how to do this final assigment, and it is more complicated for me because my English is not good enough, and there are many things that I don't understand in class.

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teachertaylor | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In both "Battle Royal" and "Sonny's Blues," the narrators are trying to come to some understanding of their identities through their personal experiences.  In "Battle Royal," the narrator is made to take part in a wild boxing match even though he thought he was going to deliver a speech.  The white spectators laugh and cheer during the event.  The narrator remembers the advice of his grandfather who told him to always "keep up the good fight" meaning that he must stand up for himself in life.  The narrator begins to understand that he is an "invisible man"--a black man taken advantage of in a white community.  The narrator must learn to negotiate this landscape to foster his own identity.

In "Sonny's Blues," the narrator tries to understand the actions of his brother Sonny.  The two brothers have always been very different, and the narrator does not understand the life that Sonny has chosen for himself.  Sonny invites his brother to see him play music at a club, and only once there does the narrator feel the emotion in the music and understand why his brother chose this difficult life for himself.  Sonny has been arrested for drug use and in and out of jobs, plus his family provides him little support.  But Sonny still continues on this path because it makes him happy.

So, in the two stories the characters embark on journeys to establish their identities in the face of hardship.

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