of the Father
By Leigh Russell
Where to begin? Who is Sonny
Corinthos? We all know what he's
got going for him. Yes, he's rich,
he's brooding, and ladies, we must admit, that billowy coat, king of pain look
is most attractive. That must have
been what attracted Karen, Lily, Brenda, Hannah and now Carly. But what makes this man tick?
Where is his center? His
heart? Take a poll of
everyone from Sonny's nearest and dearest few though they are, to his enemies,
and all of them are likely to have moments when they aren't sure Sonny has a
heart at all.
But the same can't be said for the ladies in Sonny's life. He had a great
love for Brenda Barrett, who returned it just as passionately, but when she
found a different love with someone else, she referred to Sonny's love as sick
and twisted. Whether you agree or not, we can certainly see why Brenda
would feel that way. Sonny left her
at the altar. But he did it to save
her. So why did he let her go all the way to the church, knowing he would never
show up? To take apart and analyze
Sonny and Brenda's relationship would be a spotlight focus all its own.
So we move on to a relationship that is as passionate as Sonny and
Brenda's was, but with so much more anger surrounding it, one wonders if it can
even be called a relationship at all. Caroline
Benson-Quartermaine-Corinthos is the first woman since Brenda, that Sonny has
felt so much for. He is inches from
falling completely for her, and by her own admission, he already has her heart.
Sonny and Carly came together in an explosive display of emotions, and
the ramifications of that evening still surround them.
So passionate are they about each other, they truly have the power to
lift each other to incredible highs, and devastating lows.
They could destroy one another, which makes the attraction between them
all the more palpable.
So to answer my earlier question, where is Sonny's center, his driving
force? Could it be the love he has
for Carly, and that he had for all the women in his life?
It's obvious that his pain goes back to his childhood, and it's not the
love of his mother, or Brenda, or Carly, or any of the others that drives Sonny
to be the man that he is. It is the
desire inside of him to move beyond and become better than his past. And that's
something he will never be able to achieve.
It doesn't keep him, however, from trying.
His life is a cycle of pain, heartache, and disappointment, sprinkled
with some of the best love anyone will ever know.
So why can't the cycle stop? Why
can't Sonny Corinthos have the one thing he wants, love and happiness?
Because he looks for it in other people, that's why.
Yes, Mike was wrong for being the kind of father he was.
It seems Mike sadly hasn't learned from his mistakes where Sonny is
concerned. To Sonny's mind,
betrayal is the proverbial straw for that camel's back. With Brenda, Sonny could
never get past her betrayal with the FBI, in which she wore the wire.
Hannah herself was an FBI agent. And
then there was Carly, who "betrayed" Sonny when she didn't tell him
about Mike's gambling debts. All of
these could be viewed as betrayals, but Sonny doesn't see them as betrayals
against the relationship, he sees them as betrayals to him, and none of these
people, even Mike, set out to break Sonny's heart.
Lily herself betrayed Sonny by dying, carrying his unborn child. Now of course, Lily can't be blamed for what happened to her,
Sonny blames himself. Still she's
gone, she left him and his life has been severely lacking, since.
Knowing all of this, knowing how Sonny loves, is there hope for him, or
is he doomed to destroy all the good surrounding him, and hold on for dear life,
to the mistakes of the past? There
is only one thing that can save Sonny Corinthos, and that is himself.
But losing his mother, losing Brenda, losing Lily, getting Karen involved
in dancing and drugs, and coming as close as he ever wants to get to losing
Carly, what is it going to take for Sonny Corinthos to stand up and take notice?
I have the answer. The one thing that forces all of us to grow up, and
move beyond the past--our children. Sonny
Corinthos is a lot of things, he breaks the law for a living, but if there's one
thing that defines him, it's his need, something seemingly out of reach, to be a
father. With Lily, Sonny was going
to give up his great love with Brenda, to be a father.
And that child's death haunts him still. With Carly he had a second
chance, and watched heartbroken as that child's heartbeat faded on the monitor.
Moments of light, these children were, in Sonny's life.
Clarification they were. Sonny
is determined not to repeat the mistakes of Mike, and stepfather Deke.
He wants desperately to be a father and his love for little Michael,
Carly's son, is the one thing that keeps Sonny grounded.
Sonny Corinthos has another chance, he's going to have a relationship
Carly, that's going to be in the soap
opera history books for years to come. He
has the opportunity to have children and a life, and a love the depths of which
are limitless. Let's hope this time
he takes full advantage.
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