Essay Test #1 Short Story Sonny's Blues

Topics: Cain and Abel, God, Love Pages: 2 (712 words) Published: December 20, 2012
Essay Test #1Short Story
Question 1
Sonny’s Blues might be loosely interpreted as a modernized retelling of the biblical passages surrounding Cain and Abel. There is a direct correlation between Sonny and his brother the Narrator and Abel and Cain. In Sonny’s Blues, when the narrator is asked what he’s going to do about Sonny being in prison he replies “Look. I haven’t seen Sonny for over a year. I’m not sure I’m going to do anything. Anyway, what the hell can I do.” Hunt, D. (1997). Genesis 4:9 reads: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9, New International Version).

While the stories are similar, the theme of brotherly love (agape) prevails in Sonny’s Blues. Salvation comes to Sonny through his music and to the Narrator by fulfilling his obligation to his mother’s dying wish that he take care of Sonny and not let him fall.

Genesis 4 represents the struggle between dark and light, right and wrong. It introduces the concepts free will, freedom of choice and the consequences of making bad choices and falling from God’s grace. It demonstrates the basic need for God’s laws and introduces the concept of the Lamb of God and salvation.

Question 2

To view the Yellow Wallpaper as a commentary of Ephesians 5:22-32, I think one first has to understand the scripture. It is not about submitting to dominance. I don’t think it is about subjugation. Genesis 4:21(Gen 4:21, New International Version) clearly sums up God’s intent: “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The wife will submit to the husband’s wishes. The husband’s wishes will clearly be based in love, honor and protection of the wife according to God’s law. The biblical forms of submission “look like” God’s relationship with his followers. We unconditionally submit to God’s will and he unconditionally loves us in return. Our reward is the salvation of our souls. In today’s world,...
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