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Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin is a story about the past and present lives of two brothers The story is told in first person point-of-view by Sonny s brother whose name is never mentioned The narrator begins with the event of his brother getting caught in a raid for using heroin The significance of this event triggers many memories and emotions for the narrator and his brother The narrator tells many stories from the place they grew up the death of their parents and how they parted which explains a little of why they didnt communicate so well Through these stories lies as to what I believer the theme of the story At the end of paragraph 70 rite before paragraph 75 the narrator is describing the two of them riding in a cab and taking Sonny to his home He says it came to me that what we both were seeking through our separate cab windows was that part of ourselves which had been left behind I think that the story revolves around this thought because both of these characters want to retrieve some of their past to maybe help them cope with what has happened in their lives and try to find a way to go on At the end of the story they seem to find a common bond through Sonnys music This is a bit ironic because never before did Sonnys brother ever have an interest for his music At this last event all the pieces come together or both of them For one through the music all the pain that they had felt like the death of Grace and Sonnys addiction came out For once the narrator really gets into Sonnys world and in return Sonnys brother comes to an understanding Through Sonny playing the blues the narrator comes to an understanding of what has happened in Sonnys life and his own In a story called Sonnys Blues James
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