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* AdultFear: Your child dies from illness at a tender age and you're helpless to do anything about it (as happened to Grace, which Isabel still has nightmares about). Also, you or someone you know falls victim to a hit-and-run (as happened to the boys' uncle when he and their father were young men).


* NotSoDifferent: The narrator claims this as the reason Sonny never got along with their father--for one thing, both of them had a deep sense of privacy, despite Sonny being quiet and the father being rough and loud.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferentRemark: The narrator claims this as the reason Sonny never got along with their father--for one thing, both of them had a deep sense of privacy, despite Sonny being quiet and the father being rough and loud.


* DeathOfAChild: The narrator's daughter Grace died of polio when she was just over two years old.



* InfantImmortality: [[SubvertedTrope Unfortunately]], [[TearJerker no]]. The narrator's daughter Grace died of polio when she was just over two years old.


''Sonny's Blues'' is a short story written in 1957 by African-American novelist and playwright Creator/JamesBaldwin.

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''Sonny's Blues'' "Sonny's Blues" is a short story written in 1957 by African-American novelist and playwright Creator/JamesBaldwin.



!!Examples of tropes in ''Sonny's Blues'':

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!!Examples of tropes in ''Sonny's Blues'':"Sonny's Blues":


''Sonny's Blues'' is a short story written in 1957 by African-American novelist and playwright James Baldwin.

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''Sonny's Blues'' is a short story written in 1957 by African-American novelist and playwright James Baldwin.
Creator/JamesBaldwin.

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* PlaguedByNightmares: The narrator mentions that Isabel has recurring nightmares about their deceased daughter Grace.


* BadDreams: The narrator mentions that Isabel has recurring nightmares about their deceased daughter Grace.

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* SkippingSchool: An example that's played for drama, in the boys' shared back-story. While the narrator was serving in the military and Sonny was still attending school, arrangements were made for him to live with Isabel's family in the interim; however, instead of going to school, he'd been spending his time with jazz musicians in Greenwich Village. The school took notice of his increasing number of absences and sent letters to Isabel's family, but Sonny managed to intercept and destroy all the letters save one, which eventually found its way into Isabel's mother's hands and resulted in a fiery confrontation that led to Sonny leaving the home.


Set in Harlem, the story tells of its unnamed narrator's efforts to reconnect with his younger brother, Sonny, after the latter has been arrested for peddling and using heroin. In the midst of this reunion, the older brother also reflects on the series of events that led to Sonny's addiction, including the complicated relationship with their parents and friction with the narrator's wife's parents. He also reflects on Sonny's love of music, particular jazz, and how it may or may not have contributed to Sonny's downward spiral into drugs and crime.

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Set in Harlem, the story tells of its unnamed narrator's efforts to reconnect with his younger brother, Sonny, after the latter has been arrested for peddling and using heroin. In the midst of this reunion, the older brother also reflects on the series of events that led to Sonny's addiction, including the complicated relationship with their parents and friction with the narrator's wife's parents. He also reflects on Sonny's love of music, particular particularly jazz, and how it may or may not have contributed to Sonny's downward spiral into drugs and crime.


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* AdultFear: Your child dies from illness at a tender age and you're helpless to do anything about it (as happened to Grace, which Isabel still has nightmares about). Also, you or someone you know falls victim to a hit-and-run (as happened to the boys' uncle when he and their father were young men).


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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Played straight with Isabel's parents, who haven't been supportive of his relationship with Isabel. Averted with Isabel herself, regarding her interactions with Sonny; the narrator notes that she's always had a better and more relaxed relationship with Sonny than he himself has ever had.


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--> Listen, Creole seemed to be saying, listen. Now these are ''Sonny's blues''.

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--> Listen, Creole seemed to be saying, listen. Now these are ''Sonny's blues''.blues''.
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* FantasticRacism: The boys' father held a life-long hatred for white people. [[FreudianExcuse He had a rather sad reason for it too]]: his brother, the boys' uncle, was run over by a drunk white driver when the two were younger.


* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Little Brother]]: The boys' father's brother, in the past.

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* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Little Brother]]: The boys' father's brother, in the past.


* NotSoDifferent: The narrator claims this as the reason Sonny never got along with their father--for one thing, both of them had a deep sense of privacy, despite Sonny being quite and the father being rough and loud.

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* NotSoDifferent: The narrator claims this as the reason Sonny never got along with their father--for one thing, both of them had a deep sense of privacy, despite Sonny being quite quiet and the father being rough and loud.


Set in Harlem, the story tells of its unnamed narrator's efforts to reconnect with his younger brother, Sonny, after the latter has been arrested for peddling and using heroin. In the midst of this reunion, the older brother also reflects on the series of events that led to Sonny's addiction, including the complicated relationship with their parents and friction with the narrator's wife's parents. He also reflects on Sonny's love of music, particular jazz and blues, and how it may or may not have contributed to Sonny's downward spiral into drugs and crime.

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Set in Harlem, the story tells of its unnamed narrator's efforts to reconnect with his younger brother, Sonny, after the latter has been arrested for peddling and using heroin. In the midst of this reunion, the older brother also reflects on the series of events that led to Sonny's addiction, including the complicated relationship with their parents and friction with the narrator's wife's parents. He also reflects on Sonny's love of music, particular jazz and blues, jazz, and how it may or may not have contributed to Sonny's downward spiral into drugs and crime.

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