Sonny is an African American man who grew up in Harlem, New York. He is a Heroin addict. Throughout the story Sonny is constantly struggling with his addiction and what he wants to do in in life. Sonny is also a pianist. He is a very introverted person but he expresses his feelings through his music.
"I was all by myself at the bottom of something, stinking and sweating and crying and shaking, and I smelled it, you know? My stink, and I thought I'd die if I couldn't get away from it and yet, all the same, I knew that everything I was doing was just locking me in with it" (Baldw