What internal conflicts are depicted in the story "Sonny's Blues"?

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The narrator of the story, Sonny's brother, who is seven years older than Sonny, struggles with many internal conflicts. The first conflict concerns the theme of the loss of innocence. At the onset of the short story, "Sonny's Blues," the reader finds the narrator contemplating the "bright and open" (paragraph 2) faces of the school boys at the peak of their youth. He compares that to Sonny's formerly innocent face prior to his decline and is conflicted over the why and how that loss of innocence occurs. How does youth change into a stage of rage and defiance?

Secondly, the narrator's main internal conflict deals with the two opposites that exist in the world, that of suffering and delight. It is not until the end of the story that the narrator understands that both emotions exist side by side, and this revelation comes through understanding Sonny's blues. As Sonny plays the piano, the narrator is able to reconcile the suffering of his mother and father, his own suffering over the death of...

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