The Role Of Isolation In Sonny's Blues

analytical Essay
201 words
201 words

In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” the narrator, described as a responsible husband and father, as well as a high school algebra teacher, read a newspaper about his estranged brother, who has been arrested for selling and using heroin. On the other hand, his brother, Sonny, is a musician living in a much different life than his. The narrator does not make any contact with Sonny for several months because he prefers not to. He does not approve of Sonny’s drug use and feels isolated with his brother’s style of jazz music. However, when the narrator’s daughter dies of polio, he felt obliged to finally contact him. On his release from prison, he moves in with his brother’s family and after a couple of weeks, Sonny invites him to hear him play

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the narrator, a responsible husband and father, reads about his estranged brother, sonny, who was arrested for selling and using heroin.
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