Sonny's Blue and Two Kinds Rebellion

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Kelvin Flores
Eng 1B
02/20/2013
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Children are rebellious; it is part of childhood to rebel against parents or guardian. Through rebellion process, a child must go through challenge of their beliefs, enduring influences, acceptance and understanding. By analyzing characters from the stories about rebellion, I realize that one does not simply rebel to disappoint others; it is more of a misery than having an understanding of one another. In the story "Sonny's Blue" by James Baldwin, Sonny struggle to find what he truly is and what he wants to be, with the inevitable interference of his brother's logical approach on how he raise him. Sonny finds himself lock between his dreams and reality that sets him off to rebel against his brother. Similarly rebellious but different in bearings, Jing Mei from "Two kinds", by Amy Tan, is a distressed child that tries to be understood by her mother. Jing Mei is imprisoned by her mother's high expectation that led her irresistible misbehavior towards her mother’s chain of fate to her. Rebellion does not entirely cause people a disaster, it is a battle of opposing beliefs between people, and especially children must go through this act of self-confrontation to be able to find their own selves. Finding who we really are needs a lot of effort, through rebellion we can definitely prove to anyone what we really believe in, and for better or worse we can see what we have become.

Looking for what we are and what we want to be is important and necessary phase in life and we mostly experience it during childhood. When Sonny's brother, the narrator, confronts him with what he wants to do with his life, Sonny said that he wants to be a musician, jazz musician in particular. "and - well, yes, sure, I can make a living at it. But what I don't seem to be able to make you understand is that it's the only thing I want to do-".(Baldwin 17). Sonny is disoriented on how his brother does not understand that music is the only way for him to live his life." you know people can't always do exactly what they want to do-"(Baldwin17) said his brother, which is a very practical way of thinking, since he is a math teacher, he thinks it is very illogical that Sonny wants to be a musician, yet, Sonny does not understand the practicality of his brother's belief towards him as Sonny is more of an idealist than of a realist. “I think people ought to do what they want to do, what else are they alive for?" (Baldwin17). At this moment, Sonny felt discourage on how his brother seems to not consider what he really likes to do in his life. Even if his brother doesn't agree with him he really believe that being a musician is what he really likes. He somewhat follows his brother's decision to let him stay in Isabel's house because he was slightly pleased by the fact that he can play the piano at Isabel's house. It was the beginning of his rebellion, his brother's intention was to let him stay with Isabel to let him in control for awhile until he graduate but then, Sonny is stubborn and playing music is the only thing he seems to want to do. By sticking through his desire of being musician he had gave up school, giving up his brother's expectation and giving up other possibilities for his future. What makes us who we are is what we believe in, I believe that looking what interest us the most is the first step of finding who we are. I want to be a computer scientist to be involve in the field of computer especially in gaming industry .I had a trouble with my parent's belief that being in gaming industry is a joke just like how Sonny's brother react to his idealistic view.

It is normal for a child to be rebellious. There is a lot of reason why children rebel against their parent. Jing Mei refuses her mother's desire of her being a prodigy that causes her inevitable rebellion. Even though her mother tried everything to make her try and be good at something Jing Mei disregard every effort her mother...
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