Sonnys Blues

             A Rhetorical Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues”
             In the story of “Sonny’s Blues”, one man copes with the ever changing lifestyle of his younger brother. The older brother bumps into a slimy friend of his younger brother one day after work. He is reminded of Sonny’s uglier traits he has compiled over the years when he sees the friend on the street. Sonny and his brother had not talked to each other in quite some time and had not been too close as of recently. His brother Sonny, a struggling soul, had struggled through life, doing only the necessary to get through each day. Gifted to Sonny was a natural love for music. This love, although not the most practical career choices, was the true thing Sonny understood and wanted to pursue. Frustrated by Sonny’s stubbornness, among many things, his brother initially believes that his job as a jazz musician should be nothing more than a hobby. The Element of sound is a continuously dominant feature in the as Sonny finds more out about who he is and what expression is locked up inside waiting to get out. Sonny’s music is a key to his soul, where he can go to block out the pain, troubles, and suffering he has dealt with all threw his. Threw his music Sonny tries to find his place in the tough relentless streets of the inner city. He is an outside the box thinking man, which sometimes ends up being sucked back into the black hole of delinquency, that most poverty stricken citizens of Harlem face throughout their lives. His older brother, a straight arrow, whom had never seen eye to eye with Sonny throughout his whole life until he listens to Sonny play piano in a jazz club. Sonny’s brother soon realizes how special and unique his troubled brother really is. The older brother not only sees his brother’s beauty, but he can see life through a whole new light.
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