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Response paper for Sonnys Blues The story Sonnys Blues depicts the life of two brothers the oldest being a prominent teacher and the youngest Sonny a musician and drug user The story opens as the brother learns of Sonnys arrest for the use of heroin he contemplates about it all day and cannot seem to forget On his way out of the high school he notices a friend of Sonnys waiting to once again remind him of the shocking news After a period of regret and sorrow passes and after the death of his daughter Gracie he decides to write to Sonny in prison When Sonny responds to his letter he feels like a coward as if he should have done something to prevent the whole situation The two brothers remain in constant touch When Sonny comes back to New York the two brothers meet and Sonny goes to his house for dinner The oldest brother then begins to reminisce on their past and the time that his mother asked him to guide Sonny in the right direction when she passed away No matter how tough times get people should always stick by their family members and be there for them If Sonny and his brother would have stood beside each other they would not have been faced with the dilemmas that each of them encountered Naturally it is true that Sonnys brother could not have possibly kept him from doing heroin However if he would have been constantly present in Sonnys life it may have terminated Sonnys thoughts of using drugs The theme in this story is carefully placed into effect so that the reader can better relate to it and make a connection with their own life If the story had not taken place in the filthy and underdeveloped area of Harlem it would not have been as touching and realistic as it is Hearing of the grubby streets and their
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