86). In my opinion I think the narrator feels appalled that his brother wants to become a jazz musician because he thinks of them as people who hang around clubs and clown around. Both siblings don’t see eye to eye, the narrator sees it as Sonny wasting his time and Sonny sees it as being his career. The exposition of the narrator finding his younger brother in a newspaper resulted on reconnecting their relationship. Also, the conflict of the two siblings was their argument of not seeing the same
As shown through this quote, the narrator is not concerned about what has happened to his brother and believes it is not his responsibili... ... middle of paper ... ...rcome his own sufferings rather than trying to block them out. In conclusion, “Sonny’s Blues” is the story of Sonny told through his brother’s perspective. It is shown that the narrator tries to block out the past and lead a good “clean” life. However, this shortly changes when Sonny is arrested for the use and possession of heroin. When the narrator starts talking to his brother again, after years of no communication, he disapproves of his brother’s decisions.
Sonny’s brother felt like he had to help Sonny but he should not because his brother got himself into the drug scene. Sonny’s brother and him finally decided to reconcile when Gracie, Sonny’s niece, passed away at a young age. The brothers wrote back and forth and one thing became clear to Sonny’s brother, music affected him. Sonny’s brother always saw the music/jazz scene as an unhealthy lifestyle full of drugs and scandal. The only thing Sonny would really reinforce was that it was not because of the music.
Days later Honey received a call from his brother saying that he had decided to leave Bottle Town and for a period of time he was going to live with him. He explained to Honey that he had been threatened by some person who wanted the money he did not have available. His brother was extremely scared and didn’t know what else to do. A day after, Sammy, Honey’s brother, arrived at the door crying. They hugged and asked each other about their health.
Sonny’s Blues is a short story written by James Baldwin. The story is written in the first person singular narrative style and it begins with the narrator who reads in the newspaper on his way to work about his younger brother Sonny, who has been caught in a heroine bust and jailed. The narrator becomes very disappointed in his brother that he does not write to him for a while but after his daughter Gracie, succumbs to polio, that is when he remembers his brother and writes a letter to him. The two brothers maintain contact through the letters till Sonny is released from jail. After his release, Sonny moves in with his brother and his family.
In the lyrical and heartrending short story Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin tells the tale of two brothers, both having taken a different path to survive, and how these paths have estranged them. One brother, the narrator and a button-down algebra teacher, lives a straight-forward life with a wife and two kids. The other brother, Sonny, is a heroin hooked, jazz crazed, musician who views life in a much different light. During the course of their difficult relationship the narrator, through remembrance of previous death experiences in his life, acceptance of Sonny’s choices , and hearing Sonny express his sorrows and suffering through his music is able to open his heart to the previously unaccepted Sonny and rekindle their fraternal bond. After years of non communication between brothers, a single event happens that puts them back in touch.
Scene Being Changed: (Chbosky 202-213) The scene being changed is the day that Sam, Charlie’s love interest, leaves for college. The previous night, things had gotten intimate between her and Charlie, but Charlie freaked out when she began to touch him. That night, he had a dream about his Aunt Helen touching him the same way that Sam did. On the day that Sam left, Charlie returned home and reality sank in. Here, we realize that Charlie had “gotten bad again;” He had lost all of his friends, he had no one to comfort him, and he was beginning to think that the dream he had about his Aunt Helen was an actual memory.
This situation lies at the root of his rebellion against his mother. When he lives in New York he is never particularly well behaved, “but after eight months in Florida, he is horrid”(5). Through his rebellious actions Keith generates grief and worry in his mother Lucy. His backpack must be checked “for contraband everyday”(31), and he and his mother fight constantly. Because he is forced to live with his mother, Keith resents her.
The narrator learns his brother Sonny has been arrested from reading the newspaper and this disturbing discovery initiates the two brothers growing closeness. The shock of this recognition forces the narrator to confront his past with Sonny. The narrator encounters an old friend who has come to the school to bring the news. Conversation between the two proves to be guarded and hostile. When the conversation begins, for no reason, the narrator exclaims, "But now, abruptly, I hated him" (33).
Sonny?s older brother saw himself as the one bound to take the helm at the light of his father drunkenness. After their parent?s death, Sonny is propelled by his older brother to stay with Isabel?s family (Sonny?s brother?s wife), an effort of Sonny?s brother to rail him into social conformity. Sonny is desperately trying to express himself, first, by telling his brother his wishes to become a Jazz musician, second, through music, restlessly practicing piano lessons at Isabel?s house. Neither Sonny?s brother nor Isabel?s family understand him. So he seeks more of his kind.