How does the narrator make it possible for the reader to understand Sonny more sympathetically than he is able? James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues"
James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" is a story with musicality. For with the narrative beginning in media res , the past and future are brought together with great poignancy; and, with these interludes of flashbacks, there are compressed tensions. This use of flashbacks by Baldwin allows the both the reader and the narrator to perceive how his "trouble made his [Sonny's] real." In addition, it also allows the reader to understand that Sonny is really the darker side of the narrator, and thus be more...
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