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I think people ought to do what they want to do what else are they alive for 49 This thought is what is reflected in both Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin and Pauls Case by Willa Cather Both Baldwin and Cather illustrate the problem of a young man growing up and taking on the responsibility of finding out who they are and what they want out of life In these stories the theme is most prevalent developing the story and helping the reader form their own opinions on how they feel about their own individuality No matter how hard someone tries to decide someones life it is up to the individual to decide what kind of life they want to live In Sonnys Blues Sonny was the youngest child in his family and after his parents died when he was young his big brother made a promise that he would look after him Unfortunately Sonny chooses the wrong path at first and gets involved in drugs and has to go to a rehabilitation center to get better After he gets out his brother asks him What do you want to do47 to which Sonny replies Im going to be a musician 47 Sonnys brother doubts his aspirations from the beginning and even tells himself that he never played the role of the older brother quite so seriously before 47 Sonnys brother is a teacher and you can tell by his instincts how much he want to teach Sonny things about life in general By playing the roles of parent big brother and teacher Sonnys brother constantly stresses how he wants his brother to turn out In the end Sonnys brother should have listened to himself when he told his mother that Sonny is a good boy and hes got good sense 45 so that he would of trusted Sonny more to make his own decisions In Pauls Case Paul was the only
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