In "Sonny's Blues," what are some adjectives that can be used to describe the narrator's two opposing feelings toward his brother, Sonny?

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Two adjectives that may be used to describe two conflicting feelings within the narrator when he examines his feelings about his younger brother, Sonny, are shadowed and burning [participle used as an adjective].

Like his brother, Sony has grown up in the darkness of Harlem and the "killing streets" of the housing projects. But, while the narrator has assimilated into the middle class, albeit still in the Harlem area, Sonny is yet mired in the inner city subculture. Having become a heroin addict, Sonny has lived in the shadows of alleys and tenement rooms. Even when the brother brings him to his...

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