Sonny - Josh Bonura Mrs Carey English 1302 The Growth of Two Brothers James Baldwin captures the growth of the relationship between two brothers in

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Josh Bonura Mrs. Carey English 1302 June 18, 2008 The Growth of Two Brothers James Baldwin captures the growth of the relationship between two brothers in, “Sonny’s Blues.” In the story, the narrator struggles to understand and accept his little brother Sonny and his aspirations in life. Sonny, on the other hand, looks up to the narrator not only as a friend; he is almost a father figure because of the loss of their father at a young age. The narrator must accept Sonny not only as a person that can make his own decisions but also have an aspiring musician with the yearn to play tunes. Despite their differences, the narrator eventually comes together with Sonny and accepts and even respects Sonny’s music. The narrator is as a well educated man that has several qualities that make him into a very open and outgoing character. The narrator teaches algebra and believes that school is of great importance in life. The narrator states, “… if you don’t finish school now, you’re going to be sorry later that you didn’t” (66). The narrator devotes highly to education and tries to instill this importance of study to Sonny, yet Sonny has other goals which don’t correspond to schooling, that greatly troubles the narrator, and he uses his big brother status to control Sonny, but he does it out of love for his brother. He commands Sonny to do many things, especially concerning Sonny’s aspirations for music. The narrator fails to recognize Sonny as a man that needs to follow his own course in life, and he commands Sonny to do as he sees fit. Sonny recognizes
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this and states, “But you never hear anything I have to say” (66). However, he is treating Sonny this way out of love for his brother. The mother of the narrator tells the narrator to “…don’t let
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2011 for the course POLS 2301 taught by Professor Beggan during the Spring '08 term at Lamar University.

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Sonny - Josh Bonura Mrs Carey English 1302 The Growth of Two Brothers James Baldwin captures the growth of the relationship between two brothers in

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