By comparing and contrasting the two brothers in "Sonny's Blues" identify the cause of their reconciliation. "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin

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In "Sonny's Blues," by James Baldwin, the narrator has always been more grounded. He has worked hard, has a steady job, and has never understood his brother who is the complete opposite.

Sonny's passion is music. He doesn't seem to apply himself to anything significant in his life, and eventually becomes a serious drug user. Although the author has tried to take care of Sonny, as he promised his mother before she died, and because he has been in the armed services, the narrator has seen a much different side of life than his brother. In working so hard, the narrator has had little patience for Sonny's life choices.

At the end of the story, however, Sonny invites his brother to hear him play. In his element of music, the narrator sees Sonny in a new light. He sees him struggle with the first song he plays, symbolic perhaps of the struggle Sonny has been going through almost his entire life. With the playing of the second song, Sonny shows a mastery and musical genius that his brother had...

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