The story starts with an anonymous Algebra teacher who begins to narrate the movie stating the news about his brother. Sonny’s arrest happened while in the midst of selling heroin as the news was told. He is disturbed the whole time because of this news that his brother continues to remind him of his students who, will probably meet the same fate.. With the hostile environment that his students encounter every single day, and often doubts their success in the future. As he ends his day in school, he is met by his brother’s friend at the gate of the school. Sonny’s friend is a fellow addict giving the narrator reasons to become dismissive with this old friend.
James How does Baldwin's real-life experience connect to his short story, "Sonny's Blues"? Read Baldwin's biography for more background on his life. James Baldwin lived in Harlem, as Sony did in the story. Baldwin felt that he had to leave the United States to get away from discrimination against African Americans. Sonny in the story became dependent on drugs and felt more normal when he was using them than when he was not.
Both Sonny’s Blues and the Yellow paper use first person narration. However, the way James Baldwin used first person point of view in Sonny’s Blues and the style Charlotte Perkins Stetson used the first person narration for the Yellow Wallpaper are somewhat different. Baldwin uses Sonny’s brother as a narrator because Sonny is an unreliable character due to his addiction to drugs. However, Stetson chooses Jane Doe, who is considered unreliable, because she goes insane as the story progresses. thesis!!!!
In Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin portrays the issues one has when coping with a loved ones addiction. The first step is recognizing the loved one has a problem. In the beginning of the story the narrator is struck by a report in the news paper. He said “I read it, and I couldn’t believe it, and I read it again.” (Baldwin 93). An addict attempts to keep their problems unknown and this was the first he had heard of his brother in ages.
Carver and Baldwin explore the use of drugs differently in regard to personal communication, artistic expression, and self actualization. In Baldwin’s piece, Sonny does not need heroin for him to communicate. Sonny has had a difficult life since childhood and he is consumed of anger, resentment, and hostility. Sonny is able to communicate to his brother, which is shown in the letter that he sends his brother from jail in the beginning of the short story. Sonny has been in jail for a great amount of time, so we know that there is no way that he had access to drugs.
“Sonny’s Blues” tells the story of two estranged brothers who lead very different lives with only one similarity: darkness. However, even the darkness was dissimilar, arising from the differences in their lives. Sonny found his passion in music, which he pursued despite his family’s disapproval, but his lifestyle led him to a drug addiction. On the other hand, his brother, the narrator, has an average life with a nice home and family. The narrator’s darkness comes from his inability to deal with emotions; he tells himself that he and the people around him have no suffering in their lives, despite the darkness being everywhere he looks.
On the heroin-riddled streets of Harlem, the narrator of “Sonny’s Blues” has given up hope for his brother, because he believes that the rampant drug community has consumed him. As their distant relationship drifts closer, the narrator begins to see through Sonny’s eyes, but fails to see the benefit in Sonny seemingly throwing himself into the fire by becoming a musician. It is only during Sonny’s struggle that his need for this artistic expression becomes apparent. While staying with Isabel’s family, the frantic reverberations screamed a message to all that could hear, “As I sensed...Sonny was at that piano playing for his life”(1946). As comrade after comrade falls to the inherent greed created by desire, Sonny stays sane only by continuing to express his dreams and bemoan his failures through music.
James Baldwin, the author of "Sonny's Blues", grew up in Harlem. Baldwin was also a spokesperson for the American Civil Rights movement and racial issues of his time and so he incorporated these issues into his writing. "Sonny's Blues" gives an African American perspective set in 1960s Harlem. Baldwin grew up listening to sermons and reading the Bible. At the age of seventeen he became disillusioned with religion and left the church.
Sonny’s Blues is a story written by James Baldwin a man who is known for his involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The setting of this book takes place in the 50s right after the Korean war when soldiers are coming home from the war. What strengthens this story more is Baldwin's background and his involvement in the Civil rights movement. Sonny’s blues follow from the perspective of Sonny’s older brother which is interesting considering that while Sonny is the main character, his brother is the narrator and also it doesn’t specify what Sonny’s older brother name is. This story puts the reader in the heart of Harlem a poor area.
The narrator believes he must rescue his brother but realizes first he must find rescue himself. In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” the author uses Sonny’s struggle for a redeemed life to push the narrator toward the realization of his own need for rescue; through this realization, the narrator can find his identity and be free from his sadness. The narrator needs rescuing from himself. He hides behind a curtain of denial trying to protect himself from emotional reality. The narrator struggles to understand when and how Sonny began his troubles with drug addiction; he does not understand where he went wrong in being a role model for his younger brother.