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Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and determination Drugs end up being the Achilles heel of Sonny and this is eminent throughout the story Luckily for Sonny he has a brother that is willing to support him at all costs Ultimately in the short story Sonnys Blues James Baldwin cleverly depicts the setting of Harlem through the use of imagery to highlight the hardships of life in HarlemTo begin with there are bountiful examples showing the difficulty of living in Harlem NY in the 1960s like when the narrator has flashbacks of certain instances These flashbacks engage the reader into realizing that his life in Harlem was no walk in the park An example of a flashback comes on page 1 of Sonnys Blues when the narrator is reminiscing about the way his brother was as a kid And hed always been a good boy he hadnt ever turned evil or hard or disrespectful the way kids can so quick so quick especially in Harlem This quick flashback by the narrator explains to the audience that most kids that grew up in Harlem had the tendency of choosing the wrong path and that any of them can fall victim to the way of life that Harlem advertised for The narrator also flashes back to other kids at the time to display the way the setting leads them to commit disenchanting acts The narrator recalls a time when he saw some kids in Harlem Their laughter struck me for the first time It was not the joyous laughter which God knows why one associates with children It was mocking and insular its intent was to denigrate It was disenchanted This flashback by the narrator gives the reader an inside view at the problem at hand Youth in Harlem arent the usual innocent children places these are kids imprinted to bad decision making because of their environment Using flashbacks as
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