By trying to understand who Sonny is and what he cares about, the narrator could have intervened in his life before his problems got out of control. James Baldwin, an African American author, grew up in Harlem, New York. Sonny is able to tell his story and his suffering through playing jazz music. Music and art in general offer a path to redemption. While teaching his algebra class he was thinking about the past. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours. He has to make it do what he wants it to do.
At age 14, Baldwin became a preacher at the small Fireside Pentecostal Church in Harlem. Sonny struggles during the first set but during the second set he finds himself. Even the narrator fails to truly escape his neighborhood; despite his middle-class position he must still live in a decrepit tenement in Harlem. Baldwin uses light to denote the good things that to Sonny. Creole is leading the band, holding the other members back to allow Sonny to find his rhythm. At the club, the narrator begins to appreciate the value of Sonny's music as a response to suffering and he sends over a drink to show his respect.
His inclusion of gay themes resulted in a lot of savage criticism from the Black community. The plebeian masses were mainly illiterate and because of this music was one of the only sources of entertainment that they had at their disposal. He is sad over their fallout, Sonny's trouble with drugs, and the death of his daughter. The book is very good in the sense of being relatable in same way to most people that have problems and real life The book is basically the story of two brothers , one is a teacher narrator and the other is Sonny. By making one of the main characters an outcast the author reveals the self-destructiveness and suppression of the black social class.
The setting allows us to analyze someone at a deeper level. A second theme reveals suffering caused by guilt. As he paces back and forth, he sees a street-corner revival occurring outside his window and thinks about its significance. . Listening to the honest and beautiful singing of one of the women has opened the brothers to each other and allowed them to communicate. It's this last element that makes Sonny's Blues so wonderfully transcendent because Baldwin understands Jazz in a manner that I don't think anyone else in the world ever has.
From the narrator's description of the setting, we can infer that the violence, drug abuse, and indigence in the narrator's community, Harlem, has had a deep emotional impact on him and his brother. In the beginning, he falters, as he has not played for over a year, but after a while, his playing becomes completely magical and enchants the narrator and everyone in the club. The narrator feels like a failure for allowing them to grow up that way, and also for not having a safer place to bring Sonny to recover from his addiction. He must want to die, he's killing himself, why does he want to die? The two brothers go to a small jazz club where everyone knows and respects Sonny. Sonny, however, is more like a ghost; he shows no emotion and does not talk to anyone.
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. We learn their mannerisms, hobbies, occupations, and even their addictions. While it is not there in your face, if you read between the lines, there are plenty of examples in the story that point to how racism was still very rampant during the time in which the story takes place which we assume to be around 1960-1970. What I liked about this book is the message it transmits, and that one should not feel guilty upon thinking that one didn't protect his loved ones well enough, because honestly? When the narrator watches Sonny play at the club, he learns about a whole new side to his brother that he never knew. The main factors that make up this story is suffering, the overall theme of darkness, and the meaning of the music. The narrator then reveals that he lives in one of the menacing housing projects he described.
The result of local and federal segregationist housing policies, the projects represent the impact of racism on a down-trodden community. Through these examples, Baldwin attempts to communicate the anger and desperation that plague Harlem and the wider African American community. They see each other intermittently, and whenever do, they fight. The narrator describes Sonny's close encounters with the evil manifested in drugs and crime, as well as his assertive attempts at distancing himself from the darker side. From beginning to end, the story is well developed. The younger man is Sonny, a jazz pianist who, when the story opens, has just been arrested for peddling and using heroin. I read the book before the essay was due, and it made it soo much easier to answer the prompt.
The narrator describes Sonny's close encounters with the evil manifested in drugs and crime, as well as his assertive attempts at distancing himself from the darker side. If you're a musician or a fan of blues and jazz, then you've got to check this out. While living with his sister-in-law, Sonny got into trouble for skipping school. The two brothers have not spoken in years until the narrator receives a letter from Sonny after his daughter dies. They faced their life differently, and the story was about the conflict between the lives they chose. His novels include Giovanni's Room, about a white American expatriate who must come to terms with his homosexuality, and Another Country, about racial and gay sexual tensions among New York intellectuals.
This is where the struggle and conflict begin. Strong family ties have been significant to maintaining healthy lifestyles and relationships across many cultures, including African American culture. So you've got to listen. In this case, that sort of thing being nearly perfectly crafted fiction. Living in this 2013 world in which a young black man was recently murdered for wearing a hoodie and walking down the street and his white murderer gets away with it facing no punishment whatsoever leaves me wondering if we've actually changed at all from the 1957 world in which the story was published. It's about two bothers and the manner in which they lose touch due to the younger brother's drug addiction and then reconnect and gain mutual understanding through Jazz.