Sonny’s music releases deeply embedded emotions in both the narrator and Sonny. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin is about two young brothers that are raised in a ghetto in Harlem, New York. The story is narrator by Sonny’s older brother and in the book both brothers tell of their hardships in Harlem. In the quote it says, “But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air” (Baldwin, 146). This quote is talking about how Sonny feels when he’s playing the blues on his piano. Sonny is taking out all his anger, struggles, and demands on his instrument. Sonny plays the music on his piano to tell others that are listening, his own story of the challenges that he has went through and is still going through such as, his jail sentence and drug abuse; and trying to let others know that he is troubled. The narrator, Sonny’s older brother, finally understands Sonny from watching and listening to Sonny play his music and how he played it. In the quote it says, “Freedom lurked around us and I understood, at last, that he could help us to be free if we would listen, that he would never be free until we did…I heard what he had gone through, and would continue to go through until he came to rest in earth” (Baldwin, 148). This quote shows that the narrator finally understood what Sonny’s message was. The narrator understood that Sonny wanted to tell him that there was a chance for a better
In “Sonny’s Blues”, James Baldwin explains how Sonny’s surroundings reflect upon him, causing himself to act the way he acts and the paths he chooses. Since around the 1930’s, the Harlem Renaissance took place and even when it ended, African American culture was very strong with music and arts. Around the 1950’s and 60’s, Harlem had a harsh environment for African Americans. There was a lot of racism, violence, and drugs. Plus, the housing projects that they lived in were run-down and shabby. This…
Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin was a short story where the narrator tells the story about the relationship he had with his brother, Sonny, and himself growing up in the streets of Harlem. He tells about his brother's drug addition and how he was supposed to protect him after his mother passed away. The narrator and Sonny grew closer together towards the ending of the story, not only as brothers, but as good friends.
The narrator lived in Harlem in the projects with his little family…
Analysis of "Sonny's Blues"
"Sonny's Blues" was written in 1957, but carries a vital social message in our society today of people trying to understand one another and find their identity. "Sonny's Blues" not only states dramatically the motive for Baldwin's famous polemics in the cause of Black Freedom, but it also provides an esthetic linking his work, in all literary genres, with the cultures of the Black ghetto (Reilly 56). To truly understand Baldwin's purpose in writing "Sonny's Blues" about finding…
5 April 2013
These two films touched me in a different way. “Bully” and “Bowling for Columbine” both express an issue that is most often swept under the rug. Most people don’t understand how much bullying effects a person and their family, these two films give you an inside look at the pain caused by bullying. The physical and mental abuse that kids undergo in school should not be tolerated. The writers of these two documentaries use similar devices…
We have the same shortcoming in building structure of an essay. The lowest score of my essay 1 is structure part. Structure is the most essential of the whole story. Being with many ways is very essence in writing. There are several rules that can help you how to improve the organizational readability of your work. In order to address the well structure, it must learn to write deliberately and with forethought. Plan what you're going to write and how you're going to write it.
Here are some advices…
C. Woods 1
27 June 2013
Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues”
James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" is a tale of brotherhood through severe struggles in Harlem. One day the narrator reads a story in the newspaper about a man who was arrested and imprisoned the night before for possession and selling of heroin. The man the media was speaking of is the narrator's brother. The narrator is in disbelief and confusion as to how his brother went from being the bright and…
September 22, 2014
Literary Analysis Essay 1
Music: A calming soul
James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" is told from the viewpoint of the title character's brother, a schoolteacher, who lives a much different life than Sonny himself. As the story opens, the unnamed teacher has just learned that his younger brother has been arrested for possession and sale of heroin: "It was not to be believed and I…
The narrator of “Sonny’s Blues” is an algebra teacher, teaching in the same area where he grew up, Harlem. The narrator remains unnamed throughout the entirety of the events that unfold in the story, possibly an attempt to shift more attention to the narrator’s younger brother, Sonny, or even foreshadowing that the narrator will spend a significant amount of time developing Sonny’s character. Although Sonny’s name appears in the title, we are given…
Honors English Pd 8
16 March 2014
In “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin the theme individualism is built using plot, characterization, and a jazz motif. Richard N. Albert shares his opinion of Sonny throughout “The Jazz-Blues Motif in James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues’” where he starts as a lost drug addict who finds himself through music and family. The road Sonny goes down with heroin is symbolism depicting his unguided life but as the narrator, his brother becomes more…
person that helped you be the person you are today? The bond of brotherhood is so strong that it can influence our siblings to be better people. In most families, parents teach their children the importance of brotherhood. For instance, in “Sonny Blues” by James Baldwin, the narrator recalls when his brother first learned to walk: “When he [Sonny] started to walk, he walked from our mother straight to me. I caught him just before he fell when he took the first steps he ever took in this world” (Baldwin…