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by Ambrose Bierce

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Can "Chickamauga" and "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" be linked thematically to "Sonny's Blues" with the themes listed below? I'm exploring a thematic link between "Chickamauga" by Bierce, "Where Are You Going, Where Hae You Been?" by Oates and  "Sonny's Blues" by Baldwin. I see clear themes in "Chickamauga" and "Where Are You Going" of loss of innocence, seeing things through naive eyes, and psychological terror, but I am missing seeing these themes in "Sonny's Blues."  Any suggestions? I am trying to compse a comparison and contrast essay and need the third story.

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It is a challenging and unusual project to link these three stories; however, all of them have psychological elements that could be the basis of comparison. Neither Connie in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" nor the boy in "Chickamauga" understand the dangers that exist so strongly in their lives; the boy lives near a battle front replete with horrors to which he remains oblivious, while Connie inhabits a fantasy world in which she thinks she is in control of her sexuality. It doesn't occur to Connie that men like Arnold Friend could easily prey upon her until it is too late, and the boy in Bierce's story fails to understand the human tragedy that unfolds in front of him. Because the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" doesn't fully...

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