Theme for Sonny's Blues

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  • Topic: Jazz, Narrative, Stereotype
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  • Published : March 19, 2006
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There are many things we learn of Sonny and his nameless brother in Sonny's Blues. We learn they're mannerisms, hobbies, occupations, and even their addictions. It seems we learn nearly everything about the pair; minus the narrators name, as previously stated. Hearing of their histories and the pains they've under gone, we see how they deal with their pain, which often truly tells character. Sonny's Blues isn't a story of two brothers living in a rough city; one of whom is a talented musician. The story is so much more, it's the point of tossing the main two stereotypes of African-Americans in an urban environment. The brothers cope with their own suffering and the suffering around them in two very different, but not uncommon ways.

The story is told through the eyes of Sonny's older brother, who's name we never disclose. What we do know is the narrators currently a algebra teacher, married with kids, and some of his history that gives us insight to the mans personality. As a young man he lost both parents, first his father the later his mother. After high school he went into the military. While in the service he had a rocky relation ship with his brother, Sonny. With the information presented to us through the story, it shows the narrator had a difficult child hood, but he rose above it and kept on the straight and narrow. He's got family, a career, and some stability which is much more than most have in the ghetto's of Harlem. The narrator serves us an image of himself as an orderly man with a ground perspective of things, he's a realist. Which separates him quite drastically from his brother Sonny.

Sonny, the brother, seems to be the main character of the story. It's told through his brother's point of view, but even that seems to revolve around Sonny. Sony seems to be the typical stereotype of a black youth in urban setting. With his dreams and aspirations far from reach and revolving around the typically "wrong type" of...
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