Essay on Analysis Of Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin

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When it came to social inequalities, the African - American community relied on drugs and music to overlook their struggles. “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin was a short story about living in poverty in Harlem. In the beginning of the story, the narrator discovers that his brother Sonny was imprisoned for selling and possessing drugs and mentions the lack of communication between them. Before Sonny’s imprisonment, his brother feared Sonny’s desire of becoming a musician and tried to lead him to a better path. Overwhelmed, Sonny departed and began to use drugs to escape his reality of his suffering. After being released from prison, Sonny was picked up by his brother and they headed to his family’s apartment in Harlem. After living together for a while, the narrator struggled to trust Sonny and wanted to search his room to see if he was using drugs again which he ultimately didn’t do. Sonny walked into the apartment and invited his brother to watch him perform at a jazz club. While watching him greet everyone, then perform, the narrator realized that Sonny created a family at the jazz club and connected with the audience giving them a sense of freedom. The narrator finally accepted Sonny’s dream of being a musician. The story implies that living in poverty can create a state of darkness and the use of drugs in the African American community. As a result, the characters were able to rely on music and family as a way to escape reality and manage these inequalities.
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