Essay on Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin

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In “Sonny’s Blues”, by James Baldwin, Sonny sets himself in a problematic situation with drug addiction and a loss of communication with his brother. Sonny’s hometown in Harlem causes him to set himself in a dangerous atmosphere, making it impossible to escape from which in Sonny’s situation, is his addiction towards drugs. Not only does Sonny’s habit with drug use causes him a downfall in his life, but it also makes him lose a connection with his brother. Sonny finds a solution to communicate his suffering through music which his brother finally realizes what he was struggling with the whole time. Sonny deals with an internal struggle of a drug addiction and communication within his music is the only way of expressing his backstory to others. After the narrator struggles to comprehend his brother’s suffering through his music, Sonny finally makes him understand his suffering. Baldwin states the narrator’s realization of his brother’s music, “Freedom lurked around us and I understood at last, that he could help us be free if we would listen, that he would never be free until we did”. (117). Not only is Sonny’s brother referring towards himself, but also the community for needing to listen to the music and finding the true meaning behind it. In Suzy Goldman’s “Message in Music”, she concludes the narrator’s sympathy towards his own brother “He realizes the profundity of Sonny’s suffering now and sees also his own part in it”. (232). Sonny’s brother was caught up in his own…

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