Sonny’s Sadness

The unnamed narrator of the story discovers from a newspaper that his younger brother Sonny, has been arrested for selling and using heroin. He is teaching an alagra class and looks up at his students and realizes that one day they could end up like sonny with the conditions of the town of Harlem they live in.In sonny’s blues the brothers are trapped both physically and mentally, however throughout the story the brothers constantly struggle to break free from  reoccurring barriers that act as bridge between the two. Jazz functions as a bridge between the two brothers. When the narrator sees sonny play then does he finally realize and learns something he has never known and understood before . How can the bridge tie into the title work “Sonny’s Blues” ?  

Sonny’s Blues is subjected to mean themes that are all important to the story. With the narrator not understanding his brother Sonny’s love of jazz, they both go into the same direction of understanding. The narrator never writes to his brother while he is in prison, until his younger daughter died. The narrator knows that his brother is into jazz ;however, he hinks jazz music is bad because to him it ties into drug abuse. The ciataions come into play by  helping us understand the varoius ways people expierence pain and going deeper into the meanig behind the title “Sonnys Blues”.

As a musician and artist , sonny tires to make known the pain he sees around him. The narrator on the other hand denies his own pain an hardships. Through the ciations we found, the articles and journal readings to give more feedback into the harfships and bridge that seperate the two brothers. How can the bridge tie into the title work “Sonny’s Blues” ? The answer to the qeuastion is that sonnys blues is about sonny saddness. The dalit battel that sonny has to go through as a recovering drug addict and the blues he had growing up as a kid in Harlem.


Work cited

Sherard, T. (1998). Sonny’s bebop: Baldwin’s “blues text” as intracultural critique.  

African American Review, 32(4), 691-705. Retrieved from

“Sonny’s Blues” deal not only with the theme of the crossroads between blue and jazz  but address the need for a new form of cultural narrative as a repository for the experiences of Africans American. The narrator comes to understand is brother throught Sonny’s apparent struggle with coping using jazz; the ‘blues’ Sonny’s plays are a commentary on the historical context in a dequate to convey the upseeting stories of the urban Harlem.

The paper is about In “Baldwin, Bebop, and ‘Sonny’s Blues,’ “Pancho Savery argues that, “although there have been interesting analyses of `Sonny’s Blues,’ none of them has gotten to the specificities of the music and the wider cultural implications.” The paper goes on about the specificitic about the music and cultural implications, also the importants of the differences between blue and jazz. The narrator’s reading of Sonny’s “story” is what inaugurates the text: “I read it, and I couldn’t believe it, and I read it again. Then perhaps I just stared at it, at the newsprint spelling out his name, spelling out the story” (103).  The narrator then goes on about his and Sonny’s past and how they never truly got along, he was wait for him at prison because his daughter Grace died.

Kowalska, Eva. “Troubled reading: ‘Sonny’s blues’ and empathy/Bewoe lees: ‘Sonny’s blues’ en empatie.” Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2015. Literature Resource Center,                                                     Accessed 28 Nov. 2018.

This article uses a discussion of Baldwin’s short story ‘Sonny’s blues’ as a means of exploring reading and approaches to drug literature. It considers the possibility of understanding Baldwin’s fictional text as a statement on reading social as well as subjective ‘problems’ as universal across contexts. Using conclusions gleaned from a detailed reading of the primary text, as well as the contributions of others to the field, it argues for the importance of reading, as audience and as scholars, with the capacity to allow for the transformation of problematic subjective experience such as drug addiction into artistic expression with value beyond its initial context.

The author of the paper wants to argue “that Baldwin’s construction of a vantage point of critical empathy, which he models as a mode of engagement with the ‘troubled’ content of the text, is instrumental to his figurative explications of the potential redemptive value of art in relation to hardship.” Tis is shown in the actual story when it talks about Sonny’s incuus wit drugs and his time in prison.T

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