Sonny's Blues

Music Effecting Change

Music is a powerful language which speaks to us, moves us, and fills us with emotion. In Sonny's Blues, the voice of Jazz mediates the relationship between two brothers. As the older brother's appreciation of music grows, he understands better the troubles in Sonny's life and as a result realizes the hardships which also fill his life. As more music enters the brother's life, the effects of Sonny's piano playing moves him closer to his sibling.

The two brother's different perspectives on life keep them apart. The relationship they have as brothers proves that their dissimilar interests cause the separation between them. "I didn't write Sonny or send him anything for a long time." (25) Sonny is a musician and endures the day because of it. Music is a savior to him. In contrast, the other brother, who is the narrator, is an educator and worries about Sonny's convictions to finish his last year in school. The older brother reaches out to Sonny only after the death of his youngest daughter. The narrator's tragedy makes his younger brother's troubles seem real. The older brother attempts to help Sonny through these dark times because he thinks his life is in a stable place, but as...

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