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  • Music Like Sonny
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    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 ...
  • Narrators In Sonnys Blues And Hucks Escape
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    Both the narrator in Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin and Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain feel the urge to escape from their reality as a means of attaining happiness and finding their way in life. However, their reasons for escaping are completely different and so are the ways in which they manage to do so. The aim of this essay is, therefore, to discuss the how and why the Narrator in Sonnys Blues and Huck escape. We will start by briefly looking into both characters back...
  • Sonny's Older Brother
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    "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin relies on music to convey the theme of hardships for both Sonny and his older brother. The relationship between the two siblings is rocky. "I didn't write Sonny or send him anything for a long time". said the older brother. Jazz is able to bring both of them closer together and have a better understanding of one another. With the older brother appreciating Sonny's love for jazz it also allows him to the troubles in both their lives. Through Sonny's music he was a...
  • Sarty And The Brother
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    Growth through Pain The word family evokes an image of trust and a bond of loyalty. In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues", the main characters in both these stories demonstrate the idea of family loyalty in several ways. While they continue to express the values of family loyalty, the main characters have to overcome several obstacles. Searching for ways to communicate effectively with their families and maintaining their changing identities trap the characters...
  • Sonny And Shane
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    Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken, James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues, and Zalman King's In God's Hands, share a common theme of individualism. Every society has certain values and generally accepted ways of living that are considered normal. These principles are what keep societies organized and orderly. Conforming to these principles, however, is not necessarily the road to happiness for every individual. The main character, Shane, in In God's Hands, Sonny, in Sonny's Blues, and the speaker in The ...
  • Sonny's Older Brother
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    James Baldwin's story "Sonny's Blues" is a deep and reflexive composition. Baldwin uses the life of two brothers to establish parallelism of personal struggle with society, and at the same time implies a psychological process of one brother leaving his socially ingrained prejudices to understand and accept the other's flaws. The story is narrated by Sonny's older brother whom remained unnamed the entire story. Sonny's brother is a pragmatic person, a teacher, husband, and father. He is a typical...
  • Narrator In Sonny's Blues
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    In the story Barn Burning by William Faulkner, it was obvious that the character of young Colonel Sartor is Snopes, or Sarty, would end up either running away from home to escape his father, or stay and become the same type of man that his farther was. In many ways, he was more mature and grown up than his father, who may have been mentally ill, suffering from depression. Depression derived from being considered white trash and the connotations that go along with that title. In the courtroom sce...
  • Sonny's Brother
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    'Sonny's Blues is a story about two brothers, their past, and how their differences came between them. They were apart for several years while Sonny was in jail, but once he got out they had a chance to mend their pasts. 'Sonny's Blues' is a well written story that teaches a lesson that has value in every day life. The tone is melancholy and reminiscent. The brother is remembering the past and reflection on the mistakes he and Sonny made. He is sad over their fallout, Sonny's trouble with drugs,...
  • Robert De Niro
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    A Bronx Tale It's 1960 in New York City in the middle of the bronx. Living at East 187th Street is the family of Calogero (played at age 9 by Francis Capra and at age 17 by Lill o Branca to). Calogero's father Lorenzo believes that a man should make an honest living to support his family and refuses to be involved in anything that is illegal, such as working for Sonny, the local "boss". Lorenzo is played by Robert De Niro. However, Calogero idolizes Sonny, and when given the oppurtunity to help ...
  • Michael And Sonny
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    Comparison of the Characters Michael Sonny in "The Godfather " At a first glance Michael and Sonny appear to be quite different. Upon further observation, however, they do have some similarities. Although they are very different in their personality, values, and tempers, they are similar in areas of loyalty, their respect for their father, and their strong family ties. Their personalities are a study in contrasts. Sonny is brash and arrogant, where as Michael is calm and cool. When Don Corleone ...
  • Sonny And Sal
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    In the movie, Dog Day Afternoon, there were many things that the police and the FBI did wrong. It seemed as if there was no manual to guide the police officers and the FBI through the hostage situation. Sonny and Sal never really thought about what they would do if they were to get caught. One of the first mistakes that officer Moretti made was when he called the bank to let Sonny know he was in there. I think that there never would have been a hostage situation if officer Moretti would have let...
  • Sonny's Brother On His Way
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    In the story of "Sonny's Blues", by Baldwin, the beginning of the story finds Sonny's brother on his way to work reading about Sonny's predicament. Sonny got arrested for "peddling and using heroin". He didn't want to believe that his brother was in trouble. While teaching his algebra class he was thinking about the past. He remembered when he first suspected his Sonny of using Heroin. He was always under that Sonny was, "wild, but he wasn't crazy. And he'd always been a good boy". So he refused...
  • Temptations In Sonny's Urban Environment
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    Sonny, the main hero of the book, and actually the embodiment of the author himself, was expelled from his school at the age of eight. In the book, the author tells us that it was usual for the African - American kids to be expelled from schools, they did not have time to study, since there was much more vital goal in their lives to survive in their neighborhood, a place where 12 year old kids were carrying guns with them in order to be able to protect themselves on the streets. Sonny, like most...
  • Influence Sonny And Lorenzo
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    "A Bronx Tale' is a film directed by Robert Di Nero about a boy named Cologero (an Italian white male) and his life as he grows up in a town occupied by the mob. Cologero had two strong adult influences in his life. They were his father, Lorenzo, and a mob leader named Sonny. In the film there were a three scenes that especially demonstrated the influence Sonny and Lorenzo had on Cologero. An example of Lorenzo's influence on his son takes place in front of their apartment in which Cologero is a...
  • Sonny's Big Brother
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    Are We Ever Really Safe? Everyone likes to feel safe. We try to protect ourselves and those we love, to make them feel safe as well. The idea conveyed about safety in James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues' is that there is no such thing. The narrator of this story had thought that his brother Sonny was safe. Or at least, that was what he had made himself believe. "I told myself that Sonny was wild, but he wasn't crazy. And he'd always been a good boy, he hadn't ever turned hard or evil or disrespectful...

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