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Sonnys Blues The short story Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin tells the story of two brothers who come to understand each other More specifically it shows through its two main characters Sonny and his older brother the two sides of African-Americans experience with much of racism The narrator Sonnys brother has tried to assimilate to the white society but still feel the pain and the limits on his opportunity On the other hand Sonny has never tried to assimilate and has to find the way out for his pain through drugs Analyzing the plot of Sonnys Blues we can understand what happened why it happened and why characters acted the way they do The exposition of the Sonnys Blues starts when the narrator introduces characters scene and situation of the story The narrator learns from a newspaper that his younger brother Sonny has been arrested for peddling and using heroin Baldwin 83 The narrator is a high school teacher and his wife is Isabel Leaving the school the narrator comes across an old friend of Sonnys in the schoolyard They talk about Sonnys arrest and tell each other some their fears The friend says that he cant much help old Sonny no more This angers the narrator because it reminds him that he himself had give up trying to help his brother and not even seen Sonny in a year However he keeps in touch with Sonny again after his daughter dies It is also the moment the narrator begins to wonder about Sonny again The scene ends the exposition and opens the storys rising action part The story continues as the narrator meets Sonny after Sonny get out of prison As Sonnys request they take a long cab ride and recall their memories that they had experienced in vivid killing streets in their childhood Next we hear the conversation between the narrator and his mother about his father and the death of his fathers
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