Conflict Between Sonny

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The story starts with an anonymous Algebra teacher who begins to narrate the movie stating the news about his brother. Sonny’s arrest happened while in the midst of selling heroin as the news was told. He is disturbed the whole time because of this news that his brother continues to remind him of his students who, will probably meet the same fate.. With the hostile environment that his students encounter every single day, and often doubts their success in the future. As he ends his day in school, he is met by his brother’s friend at the gate of the school. Sonny’s friend is a fellow addict giving the narrator reasons to become dismissive with this old friend. Having too much guilt for the unsympathetic treatment that he has shown, he gave this…show more content…
The conflicts are the internal and the external conflicts. The internal conflicts showcase problems between Sonny and himself, and the narrator against himself. Next, the external conflict found in the story revolves around Sonny and law enforcement, and Sonny in conflict with his brother. As the story progresses, the different types of conflict that are associated with the story becomes more invasive. First, the conflict of looking deeper into Sonny’s addiction becomes more apparent. Next, the narrators issues with his family. Third, there is the issue of the narrator’s fight to cope with the gloom brought about by a broken promise. Lastly, the conflict between Sonny and his brother. The internal conflict of Sonny vs. himself deals with Sonny’s addiction to the dangers of drugs. Studies have proven the fatal effects of drugs when abused. His frustrations were turned to the comfort of drugs as a temporary escape from reality. Another escape that he chose to his problems was the piano. Through music, Sonny was able to escape reality, if only for a second. On the other hand, the narrator also has some conflicts of his own. First of all, his daughter has passed. Another conflict that he is going through is his guilt about not being able to take care of his brother as a promise to his mother. To cope with the conflicts brought about by his guilt, he has decided to take the necessary actions to deal with the problem…show more content…
The clear “killing streets” of their time and Sonny’s choice for the blues and jazz over the classical music translates to Sonny’s choice for poverty. This choice happened because of the limited opportunities presented to their race; they are placed in a society where it is economically struggling. Although this was the case, Sonny, and the narrator found ways to deal with their respective conflicts and the existing conflicts that were present between them. As an example, Sonny dealt with the law and served his sentence. Second, the narrator finally let his guard down to communicate with his brother. Third, the narrator was able to accept his brother’s passion for the blues by trying to be an audience at one of his shows. The conflicts of the story were resolved by the men deciding to be humble and to overlook their differences. It took a great deal of courage to deal with the consequences that were brought upon them because of wrong choices. It was a matter of decision that has led both characters to solve the conflicts of their lives. Sonny could have decided to sell and use drugs again after getting out. The narrator could have also decided to search Sonny’s room for drugs. But, both characters decided to turn a new leaf and make better decisions in
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