Sonny's Blues | Study Guide

James Baldwin

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Overview

Author

James Baldwin

Year Published

1957

Type

Short Story

Genre

Drama, Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"Sonny's Blues" is told by an unnamed first-person narrator.

Tense

"Sonny's Blues" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

"Sonny's Blues" refers to the unnamed narrator's younger brother, Sonny, who plays jazz piano. Toward the end of the story the narrator refers to a song Sonny plays as "Sonny's blues" because it conveys the pain Sonny has endured in his life.

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