Is the unnamed narrator from "Sonny’s Blues" a dynamic character?

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In short, yes, he is dynamic—though perhaps in a more subtle way than other characters in the Baldwin canon. The essential fact is that, at the chronological start of the story, the narrator and Sonny are living in different mental worlds. When Sonny announces his intention to become a musician, his brother first asks if he wants to play classical music, when it's actually jazz Sonny is interested in. Even the type of jazz Sonny wants to play, with Charlie Parker as his model, eludes his brother. It's not that his brother is unsympathetic, as he tells Sonny he'll go out and buy Parker's records. But Sonny's interests and concerns are largely outside his frame of reference.

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