Paper: Living a Ghetto Life in Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

All he had was his brother, and he had not seen him for over 5 years. Sonny had death around him all the time. He learned from his brother that his fathers brother was murdered. His nice Grace died when she was still a baby. These deaths made Sonnys troubles real to him. Just like bebop, Sonny was also about sad and sorrow. Sonny also represents bebop in the happiness and joy that were also characteristics of bebop. The blues were tales of how we suffer and how we are delighted. How the triumph is never new. Here we see how Sonnys brother understood that there is also happiness in the blues. There is no other tale to tell; its the only light weve got in all this darkness (Literature and Society, 102). Sonnys blues is about love and happiness. Its about tears of love and care. Life is not only about suffering, but also about being happy and enjoying life to the fullest. Its ok to fail in life, after all, pain makes us stronger. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. 3 As Sonnys brother listens to Sonnys music, he recalls his mother, his dead uncle, and his wifes tears. He even saw the face of his dead child. He remembered the good and bad times. That is what bebop and Sonny are all about, the sadness and happiness inside them, and all of us. Sonnys brother connected and understood Sonny, as well as himself. Sonny began to play. Something began to happen. He hit something in me, myself (Literature and Society 102). He felt his own sorrows and happiness. Things that he did not feel before. Things that he had hidden deep inside of him. The narrator was now transformed with joy and happiness. He was also full of sadness as well. Sonny was happy that he was playing the piano. The thing that he loves the most. Music means life itself to Sonny. Maybe hell find what the drugs gave him or neglected him in life. Now besides his. music, he has his brother. Sonnys brother now understood Sonny, but more importantly he understood himself....