Main Themes In Sonny's Blue By James Baldwin

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In the short story “Sonny’s Blue” by James Baldwin the first five pages not only helps us understand our main characters but it give us a little background on them. The narrator who is unnamed sees a news article which features his younger brother, who has been arrested for selling and using heroin. While preparing for his day as an algebra teacher he remembers his brother as a child much like the children he teaches. He realizes that his students could end up like Sonny because of the obstacles presented to them in Harlem which make it harder especially for young men to find success. At the end of his day he sees one of Sonny’s old friends who he remembers from the block. The old friend is dirty and high and has traveled to the narrator’s …show more content…
First person narration support the audience while attempting to relate to the narrator. I think that Baldwin wanted the audience to understand both of the main characters and the only way to make the audience understand and sympathize with the narrator is to tell the story in first person, and through the narrator story we would understand Sonny well. The story is further deepened with the use of themes and motifs. Brotherly Love is one theme that is prevalent throughout the story and even more within the first five pages because we get a feel for who the characters are, and Imprisonment is a motif that is undeniable within the story because each main character is stuck in some …show more content…
They both are fighting to be the people they want to be and to break barrier that are holding them back. Our narrator is trapped in Harlem projects, a place he definitely doesn’t like but he is stuck in, he doesn’t really fight to get out, but you can tell that something is holding him down and back. Maybe even the hope that he can change Harlem. Sonny is stuck in a struggle of being physically tied down by drug

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