EN 102 PNT1
30 September 2014
Have you ever been influenced by some important person that helped you be the person you are today? The bond of brotherhood is so strong that it can influence our siblings to be better people. In most families, parents teach their children the importance of brotherhood. For instance, in “Sonny Blues” by James Baldwin, the narrator recalls when his brother first learned to walk: “When he [Sonny] started to walk, he walked from our mother straight to me. I caught him just before he fell when he took the first steps he ever took in this world” (Baldwin 117). According with this statement, the older brother –the narrator- is the one that helps, teaches, protects, and disciplines Sonny.
There are the older brothers who are supposed to be “the example to be follow”. They are the ones who know everything or most of the things. On the other hand, there are also the youngest brothers. They are usually the ones who are spoiled and protected by the parents and the older brothers. In “Sonny’s Blues”, Baldwin says that when Sonny starts to walk, he walks from his mother straight to the narrator. Since the beginning, the narrator is there for his brother showing his love, his care. Moreover, the fact that Sonny walks straight to the narrator, it indicates that he loves, likes, or prefers his brother. Sonny could have also walked straight to his father or he could have just stayed with mommy, yet he chooses his brother. After few years of not seeing each other, the narrator is still thinking that Sonny is a child. He even tells Sonny what he should do with his future. The narrator’s overprotection towards his brother not only describes how much he cares about him, but it also proves that not matter what brotherhood is above all else.
Preventing others from getting hurt is not always the best option. Sometimes letting people learn from their mistakes make them to be more responsible. In “Sonny’s Blues”, the narrator catches Sonny just before he falls when