James Baldwin envelopes a story about two brothers with flashbacks. Through the use of flashbacks, the reader is invited to learn more about the main characters, Sonny and his brother, the narrator. As a result of this technique, Sonny grows from dope fiend to a brother with problems and feelings. In fact, leaving out all flashbacks renders the narrator a rather callous brother. Ultimately, the story would have no flavor and would become uninteresting to the reader.
Sonny's story begins with his incarceration. The narrator feels