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Sonny's Blues

Sonny's Blues


by James Baldwin

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Biblical References

Historical References

  • The Korean War (79) – The Korean War isn't mentioned specifically, but this would make sense in terms of the time period of the story.

Pop Culture References

  • Louis Armstrong (126)
  • Charlie Parker (131)
  • "Tis the Old Ship of Zion" (179) – a spiritual
  • The Village (190) – New York City's Greenwich Village
  • "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" (194) – a hymn
  • "Am I Blue?" (235) – a jazz song

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