“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin relies on music to convey the theme of hardships for both Sonny and his older brother. The relationship between the two siblings is rocky. “I didn't write Sonny or send him anything for a long time.” said the older brother. Jazz is able to bring both of them closer together and have a better understanding of one another. With the older brother appreciating Sonny’s love for jazz it also allows him to the troubles in both their lives. Through Sonny’s music he was able to help his brother’s pain and in return his brother was able to help him. At first the older brother said, “I simply couldn't see why on earth he'd want to spend his time hanging around nightclubs, clowning around on bandstands," but
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If the element of music was changed Sonny would not have that outlet and freedom he needed. He would live with pain and tragedy and have no way to release his frustrations. Also, without music he will not be able to realize that he and Sonny must help each other out in life. At first the older brother was
simply driven to help Sonny with his problems, but with Sonny’s help he realizes the problems in his own life. Through music Sonny’s brother finally that it is something that can be worthwhile. There bond would also remain to be weak until there was a way for both to understand and aid each other. There will still be distance between them. They would be simply brother by blood and nothing else. Music was the element that helped strengthen their bond which led to them assisting each other on a more personal level. If it was removed or changed there would still be a weak bond between both brothers and they would continue to live without any help. The older brother would remain the impatient man, fumbling for change, instead of someone who moves to their own inner music.
I do not think it is very important to the story that Sonny is