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Sonnys Blues is a short story about the past and the present life of two brothers set in Harlem Sorrow and Pain are part of their lives and the two brothers view the world surrounding them very differently Sonny and his brother learn to deal with pain suffering and desire for escapism from Harlem in different ways Sonnys brother is wishful of living a life outside of his teaching career he wants more out of life He knows that there must be something better in the world then what is in Harlem The narrator tells many stories from their childhood to the time that they are grown up with the death of their parents and how the are separated this explains their distinctness Sonny and his brother are both in deep search for breakout from the filth and bareness of Harlem In their own ways both characters want to retrieve some of their past to cope with what has happened this in a way helps the narrator come to the realization of Sonnys dreams The characters are described in the story are both desperate to find faded memories that are left behind of their childhood before the pain and misery came to their life They were happy for a little while before the death of their parents little Gracie and the use of drugs Harlem is not what it use to be to Sonny and his older brother now they can only see through make believe and prejudiced view of their eyes The reader can see that both brothers want to get as far away from Harlem as they can but the harder they try the more difficult it is To escape the darkness of Harlem Sonny got involved in using drugs by doing this he was able to fill the void and lack of support for his music from his brother The narrator neglected Sonny when he needed him the most after
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