Theme Of Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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“Sonny Blues” is one of the stories that make James Baldwin highly regarded as one of the great writers of his time. It is a story about a jazz musician and his brother authored in 1950’s Harlem. The main character, Sonny is whom Baldwin centers his story. Sonny is a depressed young man who uses music to escape from his problems. One of the exciting things about the story is how Baldwin captures the art of jazz during this time period. The story has a variety of themes which mostly revolve around some form of suffering. For example, in one of the themes, Baldwin shows how music can promote change and understanding within relationships yet in another, he reveals suffering caused by guilt. “Sonny’s Blues” and “Going to meet the Man” are two short…show more content…
His circumstances like being a poor Negro boy means he cannot get help from the whites, so he learns by himself. A common idea of Baldwin is that he happens to write more significant essays rather than fictions or dramatic pieces (Mays). It is through his efforts that he decides to concentrate on his most common theme, “one's discovery of self-identity” which is recurring and broadcasted greatly in his short story “Sonny’s Blues”.

The most primary concept of Baldwin’s short story “Sonny Blues” is the family. This is evident with narrator’s connection with his brother, Sonny, which echoes throughout the text. The writer intends for the audience to feel the relationship between the two characters and he initially induces confusion in individuals by hiding the fact that the narrator is Sonny's brother. Most of the story deals with the narrator acknowledging the roles that each of his family members has in shaping his life. This is something unique in a present world where the family is still highly regarded and respected.
This is also found in the story “Going to meet the man” involving a white family. In this book, he writes about the man whose family shaped his attitude towards black when he was taken to witness a lynching of a Negro as a young boy. The memories of this event helps him whenever he is
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