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In Sonnys Blues Sonny is the narrators brother who has just been released from jail for using and distributing heroin His brother the narrator holds a position as a math teacher at a school near his house where he lives with his wife and children He is someone who has led an honorable life and escaped Harlem 86 in a respectable manner Later in the story Sonnys brother looks back a few years earlier In those days the narrator perceived himself as the older brother who needed to watch out for and guide Sonny whether it was in Sonnys best interest or not He thought that since he is the big brother he knows what is best for Sonny more than Sonny does This perception of himself makes him perceive Sonny as a misdirected and immature boy who needs to start being serious 91 about his life follow the narrators command and find direction Sonnys brother like all brothers was very protective of Sonny and cared very much for him He doesnt want Sonny getting mixed in with the darkness of Harlem Sonny and the narrator got into arguments regularly because he didnt like the decisions Sonny made The narrator felt like a father figure to Sonny because their father was dead Narrator said When Sonny 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 85 He was worried about his brother because of the story his mother told him She told the story of his fathers brother that Sonny and the narrator never knew about One night when his father and uncle were drinking and they were going down a hill the lead the road His uncle was using the bathroom when some white men saw him and ran him over This story particularly scared the narrator because his uncle and Sonny seemed
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