A Literary Analysis Of Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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In James Baldwin's, - ''Sonny's Blues'' - The narrator tells the story of the complicated relationship with his brother, Sonny. Although they seem to be distant - at the same time they also maintain the love, brother's share for one another. The story really hit home with me because of the similarities in the relationship between the narrator and his brother. I found they were really similar to the one with me and my older brother. While I filled more of the role of Sonny, my brother played more of the role of the narrator. They both grew up in the inner-city (like ourselves) and also shared a fairly large age gap. In the story the younger brother - Sonny, struggles with a sense of direction in life and in doing so gets lost in the world of heroin addiction - While at the same time battling those demons with his music. I also struggled with a sense of direction in my own life and let myself be consumed by my vices. …show more content…

The author - Baldwin, let's us know of distance in the relationship - early on in the story. When Sonny was sent to prison, as a consequence of his lifestyle - the narrator says, ''And I didn't write Sonny or send him anything for a long time. When I finally did, it was just after my little girl died, he wrote me back a letter which made me feel like a bastard.'' In the letter, Sonny expressed the yearning for comfort from his brother - and the embarrassment to man up to confess the crime to

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