A path that he could not make a living at and which the mother wants him to be protected from (301). The brothers are faced with disunity. Sonny is entangled with the culture, whereas the brother tries to avoid it. Both brothers are challenged with embracing Sonny’s individuality. However, one embraces it and the other fight against it.
But over time, as he starts to reconnect with his brother, he realizes that his situation is not as one-dimensional as he thought. In "Sonny 's Blues," James Baldwin shows how pain is not something to be escaped, but something that must be accepted and even embraced in order to achieve redemption, as can be seen through Sonny 's explanations to the narrator throughout the story and by the narrator 's final realizations and abandonment his negative outlook on Sonny at the conclusion of the story. For most of the story, the narrator suppresses his own pain and looks down on Sonny’s way of living because of his lack of understanding. All of the pain he keeps pent up
But I don’t wish him a thing else from my life” (481). He has a softer tone in the dialogue with Rose which shows that he does care about Cory. He is tough on Cory because he doesn’t want his son to experience the same things as he, as a black male in the mid-century, endured. He believes that a sturdy hand will lead his son in the right direction and prepare him for a harsh world. Troy tells Rose, “He’s got to make his own way.
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As a matter of fact, the storyteller does not appreciate Sonny's motivations to play jazz music until the evening he socially joins Sonny to his stage show at a nightclub. Sitting in a dark corner at the nightclub, the storyteller listens to his brother play, considering the reminder of Sonny's friend, Creole, of what the Blues are about, "The tale, of the blues, how we live, and how we are delighted, how we suffer... and how we triumph... must be heard... it's the only light we've got in all this darkness." (Baldwin 139). For the narrator, he perceives that the Blues is the manifestation for Sonny's emotions, especially his suffering, because, as Creole would say, music is the only light in the
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