Analysis Of Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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In the short story, Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin, there are two brother that live in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance. The older brother, whose name is never mentioned, was given responsibility of Sonny by their mother before she passed away. Sonny is the younger of the two and wants to be a jazz pianist, but his older brother does not understand this, while he is an algebra school teacher. Sonny and his brother stop communicating. Later, the older brother is going to his job when he sees in the newspaper that his younger brother, Sonny, had been arrested for selling and possessing cocaine, or as it is called in the story, horse. Sonny’s brother never writes Sonny in jail until his daughter, Grace, died of polio. After Sonny gets out of jail, they begin to get close and his brother starts to appreciate Sonny’s love for jazz. James Baldwin’s childhood was full of Christianity. At the beginning of Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin, the narrator notes that Baldwin’s, “father was a Pentecostal minister” (58) and Baldwin started to give sermons while he was still in his teen years. This lead him closer to God influencing him to write his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, which was based out of a church and its members. Religion was an important aspect of James Baldwin’s life and by knowing this, one can better understand the text. Throughout Sonny’s Blues, there are biblical symbols that have deeper meanings. James Baldwin suggested many biblical references
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