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Many people live their lives with only illusions of creativity Sonny is a prime example of how various things can keep a person from ever achieving their dreams Baldwin shows us how people can spend their entire life grasping for an illusion in the story Sonnys Blues The world is full of traps and detours that lead people away from their full potential Drugs mostly heroin is one of the traps that Sonny falls into Another reason Sonny fails to reach success is there no one is encouraging him There are many reasons Sonny never reaches his full potential of creativity One of the main reasons is drugs Sonny is able to find a sense of peace with the use of heroin He originally used blues music to achieve this sense of peace Music is still part of his life because it is a dream he still wants to accomplish but it takes a backseat to drugs Sonny also sees drugs as an easy out to the feeling he wants to have in his life Music unlike drugs would involve hard work and seems pointless when he could feel good without the work A second reason that Sonny fails to achieve his full potential of creativity is no one is there to encourage him When Sonny mentions to his brother that he wants to be a blues musician he receives a less than happy response The brother isnt sure what Sonny means and he dont really want to take the time to find it out Sonny like any younger child looks up to his big brother and wishes to receive support from him He actually receives the basic message that he will never be a famous musician and he should just move on with his life and forget this crazy dream The only other option Sonny is able to find is drug use The third thing which keeps Sonny away from full creativity is
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