A Brothers Dream In Sonny's Blues By James Baldwin

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A Brother’s Dream in “Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” is a story detailing the struggles of two African American brothers growing up amidst the hardships faced by a family growing up in 1950's Harlem. The author depicts himself as the straight laced older brother of Sonny, who can never seem to stay out of trouble. Mr. Baldwin’s character James excels at school and eventually becomes a teacher, attempting to give something back to the community. He is also trying to live up to a promise he made to his mother to look after his little brother. Sonny, in contrast, has no interest in school, or listening to any of his elder brother’s advice. James’ concern is realized when he discovers his brother is hooked on heroine and is undergoing rehabilitation. These two brothers never see eye to eye and take very different paths to escape the turmoil of the inner city in what the author calls “the darkness outside.” As the story unfolds, Sonny teaches the teacher that personal freedom and happiness can take many different paths.…show more content…
This sense of responsibility is exacerbated by his mother’s request that he “hold on to your brother, and don’t let him fall, no matter what it looks like is happening to him and no matter how evil you gets with him. You going to be evil with him many a times. But don’t forget what I told you.” Despite his reassurances to his mother, James is married and leaving town two days after this conversation. He is content to get on with his own life and pursue his own dreams of family and career. He puts the promise out of his mind and is happy to just forget about his brother, until his mother dies and another meeting with Sonny is on the

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