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Sonny's Blues by Baldwin

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Sonny's Blues by Baldwin In Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" two brothers try to live out their lives in the ghetto. This is an urban tale that takes place in some part of Harlem. Sonny tries to live his life as he wants but his brother tries to live his life as a provider for his family. They suffer, survive, and learn while trying to live out their life. This story begins when the narrator finds out that his younger brother has been arrested for either using or selling heroin. The narrator's first response is that its Sonny's problem "what the hell can I do" about it (232). This reaction tells the reader that the narrator is alienated from his brother, who has taken up a life of music and drugs. The reader now finds out about the narrator's mother and father. Sonny's mother kept on telling her older son to look out for his younger brother. It seems that their mother knew that no matter what family is still family. The reader finds out that some drunk white male killed Sonny's father's brother. This haunts the narrator's father for the rest of his life, because he felt ...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how baldwin's "sonny’s blues" is an urban tale that takes place in some part of harlem. sonny tries to live his life as he wants, but his brother is a provider for his family.
  • Analyzes how sonny's mother kept on telling her older son to look out for his younger brother. the narrator feels guilt for how his brother is turned out.
  • Analyzes how the beginning of "sonny's blues" marks an awakening for the narrator.
  • Analyzes how sonny is not afraid to test the boundaries of his world to find a better place in it while his brother tries to keep the world in its place by ignoring it.
  • Analyzes how sonny's brother tries to teach his baby brother how to live his life. the narrator learns about life from his younger brother’s music.
  • Analyzes how the relationship between the brothers and their mother reveal that this family comes together in the time of need. they realize that by allowing one another to suffer, the pain becomes easier to bear.
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