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James Baldwin’s story “Sonny’s Blues” is a deep and reflexive composition.
Baldwin uses the life of two brothers to establish parallelism of personal struggle with society, and at the same time implies a psychological process of one brother leaving his socially ingrained prejudices to understand and accept the other’s flaws.
The story is narrated by Sonny’s older brother whom remained unnamed the entire story. Sonny’s brother is a pragmatic person, a teacher, husband, and father. He is a typical middle class Joe whose life’s purpose is to conform to society’s rules. He is a conservative person who seldom takes risks, and accepts the majority’s judgment over his. Sonny’s brother has assimilated into white society (mainstream) as much as possible, but still angers at institutional discrimination and the limits placed upon his opportunities.
Contrastingly, Sonny has never tried to assimilate any model. He is looking to vent the deep pain and suffe...
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