The second paragraph in "Sonny's Blues" examines the imagery of ice and water. What could such imagery symbolize?

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I think it's important to consider the symbolism of ice in conjunction with the stomach, where the narrator feels it settling.

Icy climates are not conducive to most forms of life. Ice symbolizes coldness and death. In this paragraph, ice symbolizes how the narrator has frozen his brother out of his life, cutting him off. Sonny is his younger brother, and while he should have been his protector, the narrator never really hears Sonny's dreams and never allows Sonny a voice to pursue his own passions. The...

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