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Everyone likes to feel safe We try to protect ourselves and those we love to make them feel safe as well The idea conveyed about safety in James Baldwins Sonnys Blues is that there is no such thing The narrator of this story had thought that his brother Sonny was safe Or at least that was what he had made himself believe I told myself that Sonny was wild but he wasnt crazy And hed always been a good boy he hadnt ever turned hard or evil or disrespectful the way kids can so quick so quick especially in Harlem I didnt want to believe that Id ever see my brother going down coming to nothing all that light in his face gone out in the condition Id already seen so many others 48 But Sonny hadnt been safe from drugs or the streets or any of the things his brother had been sure he was immune to He had been arrested for using and peddling heroin Sonnys friend the boy we meet later had thought the same thing as Sonnys brother had I thought Sonny was a smart boytoo smart to get hung 49 But they were both wrong It had been Sonnys brothers responsibility to look out for Sonny from the time Sonny was born When he started to walk he walked from our mother straight to me I caught him just before he fell when he took the first steps he ever took in this world 52 The narrator of the story is Sonnys big brother so he feels responsible for him This responsibility is confirmed by their mother on page 55 and the older brother reassures her I wont let nothing happen to Sonny 57 But he fails at this Sonny leaves and gets into trouble Perhaps the narrator felt that if he couldnt keep his brother safe then he would protect himself and his family by not contacting Sonny
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