In the story “Sonny’s Blues”, James Baldwin includes less obvious and more complex symbols than Hawthorne, which represent something greater. In Sonny’s Blues, readers learn the story of two conflicting brothers and their struggles to understand each other. The story begins with an unnamed narrator who reads in the paper that his brother Sonny has just been arrested for selling and using heroin. Reading this disbelief in the paper confirms his judgment that the darkness within the Harlem streets consumes the youth, who have no hope of making it into the light and prospering. He states, “I didn 't want to believe that I 'd ever see my brother going down, coming to nothing, all that light in his face gone out, in the condition I 'd already seen so many others.
The narrator attempts to reconsider his relationship with Sonny in a different way due to this occasional musical performance. He starts to liberate his isolation imposed on his younger brother and understand his suffering when Sonny confesses his heroin abuse: “it can come again” (p.144). Musical performance in the last scene: why is it important? The salvation of brothers is most distinctive when Baldwin embeds the scene of Sonny playing the piano at the last part of the story, the climax among all. In this scene, the narrator is invited to watch Sonny’s musical performance at a nightclub, and eventually learns that redemption can be done through music as Sonny’s piano performance has a healing effect on his soul.
In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” the theme of imprisonment and escape is illustrated, as Sonny and his brother (the narrator) are trapped both physically and emotionally. Although much of the imprisonment illustrated in the story is abstract, “Sonny’s Blues” begins with the narrator reading in the newspaper about his younger brother, Sonny, being incarcerated for the sale of heroin. Sonny is physically imprisoned in jail and by drug addiction. Being in prison is a feeling that Sonny hates. The physical imprisonment of Sonny is symbolic to the rest of the story as it represents another major theme; the pain, suffering, and struggles black males faced in Harlem in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Both the narrator and Sonny have experienced upsetting events that have made them into who they are. Sonny was a drug addict that went to prison but found himself through music and the narrator broke his promise to his mother but restores the relationship with his brother, which renews the promise he had made. A moment of redemption happens in the story when the two brothers are saved during Sonny’s jazz show. For Sonny, his moment of redemption happens through the music he is playing. Although his brother thinks it is silly for him to be so involved in it, this is Sonny’s way of battling his demons.
The narrator implies and describes so many themes in this short story. The main themes in this story is suffering, anger and isolation. First, suffering is one of the themes because Sonny suffered a heroin addiction. “He had been picked up the day before, in a raid on an apartment downtown, for peddling and using heroin(Baldwin,123).” The narrator told how Sonny got arrested for selling and using heroin. This is a suffer for Sonny because he fell in the wrong path and started hanging around with the wrong crowd and ended up doing drugs.
Staples is fearful because he is a black male in the late seventies and early eighties where people looked at them differently as if they were bad people, even though staples is as any other american working towards his dream. In the essay he says he’s fearful when he had written a story and was rushing to the office to show his editor and as he entered the building they had security chase after him, mistakenly thinking he was a burglar. He says, “ I had no way of proving who I was. I could only move briskly toward the company of
Therefore, they follow whatever is pop to replace the traditional cultures that do not suit them any further. One popular trend many teens adopt, believing it can be a helpful tool to express their feelings more freely and get rid of the melancholy mood of their age, is the jazz. The story "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin illustrates the world wide consequences of jazz music and dance styles on youth. When Sonny abandons his family and leaves the school just to play jazz, his brother, who narrates the story and has a complete contradictory personality to Sonny's, feels troubled and frustrated. The narrator thinks the musicians are corrupted people, who deal with drugs and cigarettes, and tries to prevent Sonny from being with them.
For example on pages 51 to 53, Sonny and the narrator are trying to talk about Sonny’s future. On page 53, Sonny explains that he wants to join the army in order to get out of Harlem. He doesn’t know why but he later figures out that it was because he was afraid of falling into bad habits like drugs. This relates to the audience because many people do not want to continue to . They are in a rut and need something to get them out of it.
Another artist, Lil Uzi Vert, also contemplated suicide because he was depressed about a failing relationship. On the other hand, there is also a lot of negativity towards rap. A lot of this is because some rappers, such as N.W.A, wrote songs that demonized the police, such as their song “Fuck the Police,” which talks about the racist tendencies of police. As a result of the group already being very well known, they caused hateful sentiment towards police to be deemed socially acceptable. One negative influence of rap and hip-hop that is unfortunately common throughout rap is themes that condemn certain parts of society, such as the police.
The concept of gangs is a simple, but complex as the mind of man slips further away from logic due to social issues becoming a gateway to violence. Gangs have become a scapegoat to identity and power due to those stuck in poverty and those who are vilified by society in the middle class. The psychology of gangs is perplexing today more than ever, it has moved from a need for something to a suicidal mission which can put every one at risk. The sociological structure develops this mind set as social issues with friends, family, and the self which leads one to essentially be suicidal for a type of because they can feel comfortable dying in. These concepts give fuel to an eternal loop of hatred and grief which only incites more idolization of gangs
I had chosen the book because what I had heard about it made it sound different from anything I had ever read or learned about before. I found the overwhelming presence of rape and prostitution very shocking because I had assumed that this book would be much more innocent, though I probably should have expected to read about young slave girls and even older women being mistreated by powerful men because of the way women were constantly objectified in the book. When Wang Lung and O-lan were starting out with their family, they had to deal with poverty when there was a bad crop season and so they moved down south to find a new life. Later, Wang Lung considers selling his daughter to a wealthy household so that he may move back home. However, he had purchsed O-lan from a similar household and inquired of her experience so he knew what it would be like for his daughter, should he choose to sell her.