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In James Baldwins story Sonnys Blues blues plays a very important part even the story itself is a blues there is a mood of unhappy throughout the whole story Also this is a story about being safe and taking risk and between the meaning of blues itself and for the story we can some relations in terms of this theme Blues is a kind of music that to express a sad mood It is synonymous with low spirits and depressed emotion The blues both as a state of being and as music are basic to the structure of the story and both the narrator and his brother Sonny have had their share The contradictory lives of the two brothers contribute to the theme of being safe and take risks In this story Baldwin writes about two brothers who grew together As each of the boys grew older they fell apart from one another and lived two completely different lives The narrator who is the older brother seemed to be more conservative and more determined for a good future Sonny the younger brother was more free-willed and did not even know what his plans were for the next hour much less for the rest of his life The narrators major source of discontent has been his selfish desire to assimilate and lead a respectable safe life as a high-school algebra teacher When he learns of Sonnys troubles with drugs and the law he feels threatened For him the way he lives now is safe and all Sonny does are dangerous Baldwin carefully establishes the brothers as opposites The narrator is a cautious respectable family man He teaches math and is proud of his professional standing Living in a Harlem housing project he consciously protects himself from the dangers that surround him Sonny by contrast is a romantic artist who is not afraid of taking risks to pursue the things he desires His passion
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