Sonny Blue Point Of View Essays

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Each story has a protagonist, the main character, the one that seems to have the attention focused on them. Then there's usually an antagonist, the opposite of the protagonist, the so- called "bad apple" in the family. It seems to be that way with the modern family we see today. "Sonny's Blues" is mainly of an older brother who only wants to see the best for his youngest brother, Sonny. Coming from a middle-class family, things that happen to Sonny aren't what the brother though would come about. The oldest brother in the family has strong values but can't understand how his brother could get himself into so much trouble like this. He explains in the story that he and his family were trying so hard to be a model middle-class family in…show more content…

He started to think that maybe he should put himself in his brother's shoes and realize that maybe being this way is harder than he thought; sometimes it's not always easy to get out of a situation such as the one he's in. They would constantly fight when Sonny returned from the war, striking suspicion with what his, Sonny's, lifestyle was really like. The narrator begins to realize that the music Sonny writes is an escape for him. This escape lets Sonny express his feelings and his anguish. There are also other factors as to why Sonny writes the blues: his parent's sudden death, having been in jail, drug addiction, and the fact that a white man hit his uncle with a car and just drove away. The blues are a form of sorrow, not just a form of music. Also, the narrator mentioned that when they were children, his brother's favorite time of day was night time, signifying that the Blues are a dark type of music, like anguish. There seems to be more to Sonny's life than the reader is introduced, but blues music is his escape. The narrator decides to finally put himself into his brother place to realize what it is really like to live a life like he does. He is so afraid of misfortune and having to let things go that he starts to scare himself. Some can relate to the values of the brother in a sense because they too get scared when they have to let something go that they feel so strongly about, but sometimes you have to put yourself in someone else's shoes

Essay on Point of View in Sonny's Blues

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The Effects of Point of View in “Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin’s, “Sonny’s Blues,” illustrates the story between two different brothers as they struggle to discover the character of one another. “Sonny’s Blues” is narrated through the older brother’s point of view, as he portrays their difficulties in growing up, separation, and reunion. Baldwin purposely picks to tell the story in the first person point of view because of the omniscient and realistic effects it contribute to the story overall. The mother, father, and Sonny all express their accounts to the older brother, making him the perfect character to tell the story. In addition, the first person point of view allows the reader to experience the vicarious feelings that the…show more content…

The brother is the person who has the most information about the family. His knowledge of his uncle’s account and conversation with his mother contribute to the overall completeness of the story that would have been missing otherwise. Asides from giving complete information to the brother, Baldwin chooses to write the story in the first person point of view because he wants the reader to feel exactly as how the brother is feeling. By having it told from the first person, the reader could build a stronger connection with the character in the story. Baldwin distinguishes to the reader the difference between of being told a story and of experiencing the story first hand. The reader sees the events through the brother’s eyes, which makes the story more realistic and believable. For example, when the brother first discovers about his uncle’s death, he is stupefied and shock at the unbelievable news. Baldwin demonstrates this by stating,” I guess I didn’t want to believe this.” He ends with, “Still, I couldn’t move.” (51) If the quotes were replaced by “he” instead of “I”, the story would lose its credibility. The reader will be less reluctant to believe the true emotion that the brother is experiencing. The first person point of view connects character to the reader, allowing for a more complete understanding of what is happening. In addition to the first person point of view, Baldwin also writes the story with the

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