What does music symbolize in Sonny’s Blues?
It’s the one really positive thing in his life. Jazz music represents passion and escape for Sonny. The very people the narrator negatively associates with jazz are the ones who function as a sort of second family for Sonny. While jazz is alien to the narrator, it’s comfortable and comforting for Sonny.
What is the main point of Sonny’s Blues?
The central concern of “Sonny’s Blues” is suffering: Baldwin emphasizes that suffering is universal, and that it is also cyclical—that suffering tends to lead to more suffering.
Who is the speaker in Sonny’s Blues?
“Sonny’s Blues” is told in the first person from the point of view of an unnamed narrator who, we find out, is Sonny’s brother. The narrator in this story is an interesting figure. He’s mostly telling us Sonny’s story, and this would seem to make him a peripheral character instead of a central one.