When it comes to siblings the older one is protective of the younger one, everyone with a brother or sister can relate. In the story "Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin, Sonny was a drug addict and his older brother did not know what or how to deal with it. The communication level between the two brothers was vary low but as time goes on they started to talk more until the resolve their problems.
At the begging you find out the Sonny's brother was a math teacher in their old neighborhood of Harlem. His brother Sonny was a drug addict that was in rehab getting over his addiction of heroin. The two brothers have not talk in over a year and one of Sonny's friends come and tell him that he went to rehab and the just brought back memories. Sonny's brother wanted the best for him, he felt the Sonny was a smart boy and could have done anything. Before their mother died she toll the "If anything happens to me he ain't going to have nobody to look out for him (Sonny's blues, 2001, p#76). She tolled him the story of their uncle and how he died, the uncle was a musician and he played the guitar. one night they where coming home from drinking and his brother started to run down the hill. They're where some white guys in a car and coming off the highway exit and they saw the uncle and drove right over him and the father saw everything. She tolled him this story because she knew she was going to die soon and Sonny was still in high school. When the mother died that is when he played the role of parent that brother, after the funeral he ask Sonny some question like "what do you want to do (Sonny's blues, 2001, p#78). He tolled him he was to become a musician and he did not want sonny to do that "I somehow had the feeling that being a drummer might be all right for other people but not for my brother Sonny (Sonny's blues, 2001, p#78).