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Sonnys Blues By James Baldwin Sonnys Blues the author is presenting the past from the perspective of the present in order to understand his own feelings concerning the role of a father The two brothers in the story had different life choices Both Sonny and the narrator have found their own mode of escaping the violence and harshness of the ghetto different though those modes might be After the death of the mother the narrator feels he is his brothers keeper because of the promise he made to the mother He is not exactly happy about it and especially Sonnys life style Nevertheless this is his only brother and he made a promise not to turn his back on him Sonny was more like his uncle a music lover Before the mother died she told him about his father and the pain he went through after the death of his brother His fathers brother was a music lover and somewhat like Sonny So by telling this story it would help the narrator to understand Sonny Now he knows a little about his family background and roots At the end the narrator was finally able to see and understand what music did for Sonny it allow him to be himself and express himself to other Explore the implications of the allusion to the Book of Isaiah 5117-23 in the concluding sentence What has the narrator learned as the result of his experience All of the desolation destruction famine sword things that we the narrator go through in this life are learned through other who have shared these same experiences Our oppressor Satan spiritually mankind physically causes a trembling in our lives but just like Jerusalem who was and still is oppressed God has already taken our cup of trembling We are delivered through the sharing of our experiences with one another freeing ourselves from one who causes the trembling It was once said that the only
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