Analysis Of Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin Essays

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Music can be used to evoke underlying emotions and can help people to express themselves with ease. It fuels the mind and thus it fuels feelings. Music is universal in the sense that there are no boundaries to understand it. It transcends the frontiers of communication as people can speak and tell stories to others, even though they do not speak the same language. When listening to music, everyone can understand it and feel something if they open themselves up. All these characteristics of music are specially related to musicians. For them, music is the way in which they can put across all their feelings and thoughts, and thus communicate. This is to say, through music people can establish bonds or connect with other people. This seems to be the experience of Sonny, in the short story “Sonny 's Blues” by James Baldwin. Sonny was a jazz musician and after being estranged to his older brother for some time, he was able to come to terms and communicate with his brother. Although it can be said that Sonny was able to explain with words to his brother what he had gone through to some extent, he conveyed his emotions and thoughts more clearly through his music.

It seems reasonable to admit that after some attempts, Sonny finally spoke with his brother about the experiences he had gone through, especially about his former drug addiction. After an exchange of letters, Sonny was able to talk to his brother about how and why he got into drugs and how he suffered when he realized he…

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