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What is the point of view in "Sonny's Blues"?

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sweetie08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 12, 2008 at 4:01 AM via web

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What is the point of view in "Sonny's Blues"?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 12, 2008 at 5:02 AM (Answer #1)

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"Sonny's Blues" is told in first-person point of view by Sonny's brother, and he remains nameless throughout the story. Even though the main story deals with Sonny's life, we also get the events of the narrator's life, allowing us to learn how and why the two brothers have grown apart over the years. This is then directly connected to a theme of the story, the alienation of the two brothers and how the narrator begins to understand what Sonny, his brother, is all about. Once the narrator is willing to enter Sonny's world of music, he's able to understand what the music means to Sonny, expressing his pain and suffering. By understanding this, the two brothers can grow closer and help heal each other's pain.


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