scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,249
In modern society music uses many forms Some use music for praising the Lord and others use music as something that one can get down to But mainly people use music as an expression of who they are as a person whether it be by what one plays or what one listens to music is a major factor in determining who one is and their personality In James Baldwins Sonnys Blues all of these examples are there Music plays a major role in his story which centers on the reunion of a common listener and his musician brother The comparison between these two characters lead one to believe that there are some aspects of music that the musician understands more than his brother According to Baldwin music affects different people in different ways and the narrator learns this throughout the story because the ways he sees music being expressed prepares him for his encounter with his brother The first example of music in the story comes from the simplest place Baldwin begins his analysis of music in society by starting with the most basic form of it a child who is simply whistling One boy was whistling a tune at once very complicated and very simple it seemed to be pouring out of him as though he were a bird and it sounded very cool and moving through all that harsh bright air only just holding its own though all those other sounds 22 The child presumably is just whistling to pass time and is not thinking about it that much But Baldwin instead of just dismissing it which is what people would normally do analyzes it as one would do with a normal song He finds that the boys whistling can embody the same traits as the music we buy in stores can describing it as at once very complicated and very simple The narrator learns from this experience that music can be a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA