Sonnys Blues vs Pauls Case

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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 Sonny s Blues by James Baldwin and Paul s 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 someone s life, it is up to the individual to decide what kind of life they want to live. In Sonny s 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 do? (47), to which Sonny replies I m going to be a musician. (47) Sonny s 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). Sonny s 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, Sonny s brother constantly stresses how he wants his brother to turn out. In the end Sonny s brother should have listened to himself when he told his mother that (Sonny is) a good boy and he s got good sense (45) so that he would of trusted Sonny more to make his own decisions. In Paul s Case Paul was the only child in his family and because his mother died he has only his father s influence on his life. We join Paul in the story while he is getting in trouble, much…...

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