Sonny's Blues Narrative
We learn through flashbacks that the Narrator was sheltered from traumatic events such as the death of his uncle by his mother and father. He has a loving relationship with his mother and honors her requests to watch over Sonny. By having a loving family who allowed him to be a child much longer than most, the Narrator is able to rise above the constraints society had placed on him. He is able to find success in education and have a loving family of his own. While he is able to find success and a more positive future, he is unable to understand why Sonny was not able to do the same.