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I almost called his name. This is a failure of compassion and, in a sense, a betrayal of the familial bond, which Baldwin insists must balcwin based on empathy and kindness.

I felt that ice in my guts again, the dread I’d felt all afternoon; and again I watched the barmaid, moving about the bar, washing glasses, and singing. Maybe I’ll write him or something. Sonny tells him that hearing the woman across the street sing reminded him of how heroin feels: They’re anxious to see their uncle. Sonny takes his music very seriously, and for a time he lives with his sister-in-law’s family while his brother is in the army.

In a moment someone will get up and turn on the light. Perhaps I was listening to them because I was thinking about my brother and in them I heard my brother. Sonn n y n ‘s B s lu B es e I read about it in the paper, in the subway, on my way to work.

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin — HCC Learning Web

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And this was partly because Sonny was glues apple of his father’s eye. We had a lot to say to each other, far too much to know how to begin. This is a failure of his familial obligation. I couldn’t believe it: I sat alone in the classroom a long time.

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

In this moment, the narrator realizes the harm that his silence while Sonny was in jail has done to their relationship. And how about you? Mama kept watching the streets. Of course they remember you. And at the same time I couldn’t doubt it.

I had kept it outside me for a long time. It might be said, perhaps, that I had escaped, after all, I was a school teacher; or that Sonny had, he hadn’t lived in Harlem for years. How come they didn’t get you? I felt sort of responsible. The big windows fool no one, they aren’t big enough to make space out of no space.

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He was the “apple of his father’s eye,” but in his youth he always had a tendency to stray from what his family thought would be the safe route. Passion, Restraint, and Control.

Sometime I think I’m going to flip and never get outside and sometime I think I’ll come straight back. He sees Sonny at the edge of the crowd, and Sonny gives the singers some change. I caught him just before he fell when he took the first steps he ever took in this world. I got to get outside. The story begins when the narrator reads about Sonny getting caught in a drug bust.

It’s what they endure. But that’s what they all say, so they tell me. He is beginning to see what Sonny already knows: Your Daddy was like a crazy man that night and for many a night downlpad. And, time your father got down the hill, his brother weren’t nothing but blood and pulp. I used to say pd it sounded jaes me as though they were getting away from wisdom as fast as they could.

Meanwhile, the narrator marries, goes to war, comes home, and mourns the death of his young daughter. Daddy was big and rough and loud-talking, just the opposite of Sonny, but they both had-that same privacy. It seemed I’d been bules it for all that time. The middle section of the story is a flashback. This passage also reveals another significant silence between family members: