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In life we face many conflicts and struggles with our loved ones the world and ourselves in general it is almost inevitable to escape these issues The only thing we are capable of doing in attempting to cope and endure it so that we dont suffer and die tolerance is key here In Sonnys Blue James Baldwin portrays ways to tolerate the society and not only accept each other but also our surroundings and learn to live with it Music becomes an increasingly positive affluence and eventually serves as a bridge for light This essay will discuss the significance of Jazz music and its function in the novel and how its used as a mechanism for acceptance Jazz serves as the backbone of the story which depicts a drug addicted musician Sonny who is struggling to prove himself as an artist although he is encumbered with a desperate rage through the use of jazz the protagonist achieves a calming salvation and at least temporarily is able to kick his habit Jazz functions as an outlet for Sonnys fury provides a mechanism for his growing self-worth and transforms his suffering into something beautiful The story offers a metaphorical comparison of imprisonment Sonny is confined to a brick and mortar jail but also is imprisoned by his addiction to drugs He escapes this latter confinement through jazz which allows to break free and better know himself The piano is his vehicle for escaping his emotional prison Interestingly this also frees his brother who has been unable to comprehend his brother as a person Drugs have been prevalent among jazz musicians since the music was created in the early 20th century Most famous jazz musicians including Charlie Parker Marles Daves Bix Beiderbecke suffer with the habit throughout most of their professional career James Baldwin uses in an elaborate dialogue to explain the value of drugs for jazz artists The voice of a female singer reminds Sonny that for
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