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It is a story of two brothers with different perspectives on life At the beginning Sonny was caught with heroin and went to jail Throughout the story the flashbacks gave the reader insights to why Sonny and his brother behaved like they did So many emotions enveloped this small story Fears hopes and ambitions haunted this Harlem family until they both embrace realityIn the beginning i only thought of Sonny as a troubled child someone who grew up in an unfortunate neighborhood but as i kept reading i started to realize that the story Sonnys Blues was about a young man who felt that he wasnt being understood from the people who were the most important to him In his love of music he found acceptence and thats where his heart truly was it is a story that is about how memories and past events can shape a persons future The reference of the blues in the title reflects the memories the narrator has about Sonny The memories are of unfortunate events that had occurred in Sonnys childhood Some may think that the blues alludes to the music that Sonny plays in nightclubs on his piano but I would argue that the music he plays which is jazz is an escape from the reality of his life The jazz music he plays can be compared the heroin the he takes they both act as a conduit for a temporary escape from his life However even though the story has a very depressing tone the story ends with the hope of the two brothers working their differences out This possible reconciliation is alluded to by imagery The scotch and milk beverage that sat on the top of Sonnys piano just at the edge where the light diminished from the spotlight light in the darkness I believe is a representation of hope Also in the story the narators mother was telling him the story about his father
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