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  1. Introduction
  2. The narrator struggle with the acceptance of Sonny's arrest
    1. His inability to cope with Sonny's darkness
  3. The narrators acceptance of the darkness within his brother
  4. Rationalizing the necessity behind his brother's addiction
  5. Conclusion

James Baldwin's Sonny's Blues examines the ways in which people strive to escape from stifling conditions and find a more peaceful home within themselves. Set in the Harlem ghetto, the story depicts the strained relationship between Sonny, a heroin addict and his brother, a teacher. The narrator is unable to identify with his brother's lifestyle, generating a chasm in their relationship. Contradicting motifs?darkness and light?showcase this struggle, with the darkness representing the sobering reality of human suffering and the light symbolizing a lost innocence.

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