The choices we make in our lives can be very crucial, like choosing what road we will take as in “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. But then there are also choices that deal with life and death as the main character in “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Daniel K. Inouye’s main character Dan in “Why Don’t You Wear Shoes” has a decision to make dealing with creating his own future. Throughout Inouye’s story Dan is faced with choices of deciding if he will let what others say determine his fate The judgment of the honor society students are based on economic standings in which Dan is at the bottom. Not allowing himself to be condemned to their statements he removes them from his path and ventures further down the road of his own chosen future. “Their faces stuck in my mind, and to this day, and for many years afterward I charged at every obstacle in my path as though those four had personally put it there and it was absolutely essential for me to prove that shoes and neckties are no measure of a man”.

With a younger brother and sister Maria juggles them, school, peer pressure and a promise. “Dead End” by Rudolfo Anaya ‘s main character Maria has two choices; one is with Frankie and the crack house on Delmar Street. The other is staying in school and keeping her promise with her mother to graduate. Maria decides that she doesn’t want to be like La Llorona. “I’m going to be different. I don’t want to drown my children”.

In death there is realization of what you don’t have. Within “Number One Son” by Monfoon Leong Ming’s father has just passed away leaving him a family to support on his own Does forgiveness come in death? Ming does not believe in this idea due to the resentment he feels for his father. This resentment that he feels, will he forgive and move forward or dwell in resentment. “For Ming, MY SON” were the words that appeared on the watch that his father had left for him. “His mouth was suddenly dry and he had difficulty swallowing as he tried to moisten it”.

Being taken advantage of is a choice that is made by an individual. Will I let you take what I have worked so tirelessly for? “The Confrontation” by Raymond Barrio’ s Manuel must chose if he will let those who have authority over him take advantage of him. For hour he worked picking apricots in “an endless maze of apricots trees”. Roberto Morales who was in charge of the “pickers” began deducting two cents from their buckets. “Two or three dollars out of each pickers bucket that day”. Witnessing the injustice that was being commited against not only himself but also everyone, Manuel made his choice. Deciding to defend what he earned hence came the defiance of the others as well. “He had salvaged his money savagely and had earned respect from his fellow pickers” with choice. Choices in our life can be every crucial, as n “The Fight” by Richard Wright. The main character in this story has made two choices that were essential to the outcome of each event. First the character chooses to initiate the conferntaion by making a sarcastic remark. “You’re not any good-looking yourself”. Choosing to respond with such a comment decided what would happen next. The main character decides that fighting is the only was he would be accepted; therefore it’s the path he’s chosen.

Depending on what road you take can make all the difference in the journey and the destination. Robert Frost can see such roads that can be taken in “The Road Not Taken”. Choices can be as simple as choosing to wear black shoes instead of white shoes. But choices might be as important as taking one’s own life as in “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Choices and roads are both given in life it’s what’s done with them that creates what happens next.

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