Sonny 's Blues By James Baldwin

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Sonny’s Blues

In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” it is only when a brother loses his child that he realizes how easy it can be to lose his brother. The narrator’s little brother, Sonny, was left in his charge when their parents passed away. He neglects Sonny and leaves him to work through hard decisions on his own which leads to Sonny being picked up by the police for using and selling drugs. When the narrator’s daughter, Grace, passes he sees how suffering can affect people and reaches out to Sonny, who is fighting to make his way in the world through music. Baldwin shows us that you don’t have to see eye to eye on everything to accept that person. The narrator doesn’t agree with his brother’s use of drugs and the comfort he finds in music. When the news of his Sonny’s arrest arrives he brushes it aside, not seeing a need to reach out to his brother. “I couldn’t find any room for it anywhere inside me.” He resents his brother because he believes Sonny is intentionally suffering. When he reaching out to Sonny he sees that music is helping him and the narrator begins to accept his different path. “Filling the air with the immense suggestion that Sonny speak for himself.” He doesn’t try to persuade him to follow a path that guarantees success but embraces his way of overcoming his suffering. The narrator’s internal conflict displays that is having a hard time reaching out and accepting Sonny because of the decisions he made. In the beginning of the story,
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