Theme Of Imprisonment In Sonny's Blues

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Imprisonment was a very repetitive and perpetual theme in "Sonny's Blues." Sonny was physically imprisoned when he was incarcerated for distribution of heroin. Being incarcerated was extremely detrimental to Sonny because his desire for freedom. Although a great amount of the imprisonment in the story is abstract. Harlem is referred to as a trap several times, insinuating that those of lower class must struggle to escape. The narrator explains that even those who successfully withdraw themselves from said neighborhood they always leave a piece o themselves behind "always left something of themselves behind, as some animals amputate a leg and leave it in the trap" (112).

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