Analysis Of James Baldwin 's ' Sonny 's Blues '

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Siblings will almost certainly be different. Each is unique in his/her own special way. This uniqueness will occasionally clash; thereby, causing what is often referred to as sibling rivalry. This individuality, in some instance, may not necessarily divest the relationship, but rather enrich it. James Baldwin somehow managed to convey this theory in his highly celebrated masterpiece, Sonny’s Blues. The story focuses on the lives of two exceedingly different brothers, one who live to abide by society’s laws while the other has fallen victim to its circumstances. The story is told through the view of the narrator who, through out the entire story, remained nameless. There is an immediate sense he was a dependable, respectful person. He was a teacher, a husband and a father and very fond of his younger brother and very concerned for his well being. He began by recounting a rather disturbing news article that struck him with intense trepidation. The article, although concerning Sonny, also embodies the narrator, his environment and society around him. Depravity beguiled not only his younger brother, but also a countless majority of his community. He claims “I stared at it in the swinging lights of the subway car and in the faces and bodies of the people, and in my own face, trapped in the darkness which roared outside” (250). His fears and concerns were so profound, he described it as “a great block of ice got settled in my belly and kept melting there slowly all day long…”
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