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English 4 Honors
“Sonny’s Blues” Essay
Your Task: You will create a 3-5 page analytical essay based on your findings using the short story, class notes, and worksheets.
Due Date: – Submitted to Google Classroom by Sunday, December 6 at 11:59pm
ESSAY PROMPT: Prompt: A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. A motif is any element, subject, idea or concept that is repeated throughout a text in order to support the mood or theme. In literary works a symbol or motif can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. Focus on one symbol or motif in “Sonny’s Blues” and write an essay analyzing how that symbol or motif functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Paper Requirements: Final papers should be 3-5 pages, MLA formatted heading, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced and one inch margins. It must include:
Thesis, Proof, MLA in-text citations, Work cited page.
Baldwin, James. “Sonny’s Blues.” The Jazz Fiction Anthology. Ed. Sascha Feinstein and David
Rife. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2009. 17-48.