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Joshua Kotrous Professor Laura Piscitello FCWR 151 M03 March 13, 2019 The Narrator’s Story Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin is a short story written in 1957. The narrator of the story is Sonny’s brother (who is not named) and he talks about the struggles he faced losing his daughter, the environment that he and Sonny grew up in, and his rendition of Sonny’s struggles with addiction and the law. It is debatable whether the story is actually about Sonny or about the narrator, however I believe the story is really about the narrator. With the narrator telling the story, we get to see all of the events that Sonny went through through his brother’s eyes. We also get to see how the narrator’s personality changes throughout the story and the realizations he has after coming to terms with Sonny. The narrator grows as a person and I think this is what Sonny’s Blues is really about. Sonny and the narrator both grew up in the same environment, but went drastically different ways later in life. The narrator finishes school and becomes a math teacher while Sonny plans on becoming a musician, only to fall into a heroin addiction and eventually got caught selling heroin, landing him in jail. Because of the narrators educated background, I believe this is why he is not able to sympathize with Sonny, even though I think he is a genuinely caring person. At the beginning of the story, the narrator just got done teaching and

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