In Sonny’s Blues, author James Baldwin tells the story of two brothers who both struggle with their identities in the backdrop of an African America society plagued by extreme poverty, drugs and frustration. The story is told from the narrator’s reflections who is caught in an unending struggle to understand Sonny, his younger brother, who is also struggling to find his true self through drugs, and jazz music. Various aspects of the story relate to current realities faced by youths in today’s society.
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The story is similar among my peers who have pursued arts or music whereby they state that these pursuits allow them to escape their situation and adopt a more positive outlook towards life.
Baldwin, James. Sonny’s Blues. New York: Vintage books, 1957. Print.