A detailed analysis of James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” including the following: its plot; its characters; its themes; its symbolism, particularly of the names; the recognition and reversal which occur at its end; point of view; and music symbolism. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. You may also want to incorporate some information in your own lecture notes or other class activities. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.