Themes of Family Happiness Discussed in Daddy, Sonny's Blues and On Going Home

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Family plays a key role in all societies and cultures, and happiness is the direct result of the love within a family. The text discussed in the family theme has portrayed examples of both happy and very unhappy families. Three pieces of literature that discuss themes pertaining to the happiness and well-being of a family are Daddy, Sonny’s Blues, and On Going Home. While some of the themes raised in these works such as forgiveness and unconditional love are vital in order for families to be happy, themes involving change and loss are most certainly not necessary in contributing to a family’s happiness.
The short poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath illustrates how important it is for a child to have a relationship with his or her father. The main
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When her father died she did not know how to build a relationship with a man and essentially married a man who cheated and betrayed her. This theme of loss and despair is emphasized in Daddy and shows how happiness is lost in a family when a child does not have that strong connection with the parent.
Next, the remarkable theme of unconditional love is demonstrated in Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin. In this short piece of fiction, the speaker is an African American who has assimilated into a predominantly white culture, but whose younger brother, Sonny, seems to not be able to fight his way through the despair. In this text, the speaker becomes a “street preacher” and speaks to his brother’s friend about Sonny who has recently been arrested for drugs. Here, although the speaker does not approve of Sonny’s lifestyle. He is encouraged by his mother and driven by unconditional love to reach out to his brother and bring him back into the family in order to restore their relationship with each other and in the end become a much happier family.
Unconditional love is very important in order to have a happy and rewarding family life. If a family cannot love unconditionally, then the family members are always trying to earn each other’s love and can get very distraught when they mess up or make a mistake. Many families in different cultures do not operate on the idea of unconditional love and often will disown their family members when

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