While both of them are true, the main conflict of this story is about understanding one another. When Sonny was a teenager, his brother wanted Sonny to stay with his wife’s family and go to school like every other normal kid. Sonny’s brother believed that education is t... ... middle of paper ... ...t if he opens up to Sonny he would have to open up to himself. And that was scary to him. Only his personal pain over the loss of his beloved daughter makes him understand Sonny’s sorrow.
Sonny's brother sees Sonny trying to become a jazz musician, he watches and listens as Sonny goes through many difficulties in life. He doesn't want Sonny to be a jazz musician, because there is no future in this. At the end of the story, Sonny's brother attends the nightclub to watch... ... middle of paper ... ...Blues" illustrated how life was growing up in an African American family during 1930 1960's. Black Americans struggled to make their imprint on society. The life of the amazing blind musician Ray Charles comes to my mind as I struggle to understand how the African American culture learned to survive during this time.
"Sonny's Blues" If you were not able to talk to anyone, nor did people want to listen to what you have to say, would that affect you? In the short story, "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin, Baldwin writes about two brothers, Sonny and the narrator, who lose communication between one another because Sonny goes to prison. The narrator, having to make a promise to their mother before her death, was to take care and watch over his young brother Sonny no matter what. This turned out not to be the case and the narrator did not pay much attention to his brother's goals as well as doings. By the end of the story, the audience realizes that the only place where the narrator can understand and feel for his brother is at the place where Sonny finds his passion, the jazz club.
“I think people ... ... middle of paper ... ...aldwin 27). Fingers dancing on the piano keyes reverberates adversity flashbacks of memories in the Narrator’s soul as he listens to Sonny play. “I saw my mother’s face again, and felt, for the first time, how the stones of the road she had walked on must have bruised her feet. I saw my little girl again and felt Isabel’s tears again, and I felt my own tears begin to rise” (Baldwin 27). By truly listening to his younger brother and observing his performance with professionals, Sonny completes a part of his older brother’s legacy, by overcoming the tragic moments of life and which to come, with his musical talents in Jazz and Blues.
Music heals the relationship. Music is a thread throughout the story. In the boys’ childhood, Sonny always loved to play piano; to him that was a way of escaping his environment. Music for Sonny was a way of expressing himself and interpreting the world. Sometimes Sonny felt when he was staying at his older brother’s house, his brother’s wife did not understand Sonny’s mode of communication.
Although Sonny, the younger brother, chooses a different life path in heroin usage, and in being a musician, his older brother, the narrator, becomes an algebra teacher. Despite not being in each other’s lives for a period of time, the knitted fraternal relationship that they share proves to be eternal regardless of their loss of contact. Ultimately, this story is an amazing illustration of how two people are from the same blood and home, are never quite the same, yet the love of a family will always be kindled. In the following articles "Sonny's Blues": A Message in Music, by Suzy Bernstein Goldman, explains how people often explain their emotions through music. In another article titled, -“ Black Literature Revisited: "’Sonny's Blues’" by Elaine R. Ognibene, she elaborates on the effects music has to bring two people together.
Callaloo - Volume 25, Number 1, Winter 2002. Pages 8-44 - Article. The article "Shoot Myself a Cop," is an article that shows the early struggles of African American people through song. Many of the social happenings and injustices were put to blues songs during the time. The song "Crazy Blues" is the main song focused on throughout the article.
Being one of his trademark talents, he also inserted periods of analysis while narrating the story. These insights, often reflections on his life and actions, illustrate the importance of learning to truly understand the society in which one lives in order to react appropriately to one?s current situation in life. James Baldwin noted at the beginning of his essay that he really began thinking about his life and his father?s life when his father passed (63). Just like most rebellious teenagers, he did not always understand his father?s intentions when he was being warned about drugs, white people in general, and other activities that he was specifically warned about and kept away from. Arguments were of course inevitable, and their relationship worsened because James Baldwin kept silent.
In bringing up his father have Alzheimers, the author remains the reader that there are reasons that a person’s memory can fail them. Later, when he talks about his declining scores when he went to school, he admits that he cannot remember his earlier grade, but has to simply imagine them. By doing these things, the writer points out to the reader that they account that they are receiving is the product of a person’s memory and, for this reason, it can be flawed. Most nonfiction writes try to avoid saying things such as “I cannot recall” so directly to the reader, but rather choose to portray the truth as well as they can. The final thing that I wanted to respond to in regards to this essay is they way in which it is structured.
Sonny’s friend happens to be expecting to see the narrator and the two begin walking together. They begin to converse about the narrator’s brother while the narrator begins to wonder if maybe the friend is to blame for Sonny being on drugs. At the same time the narrator feels sorry for Sonny’s friend, who is explaining to him how hard and painful his brother’s drug-addicted life has been. Time goes on and the narrator never writes Sonny. The only time he writes his brother is when his daughter Grace dies.