Paul's Case by Willa Cather Essay

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Paul's Case by Willa Cather Willa Cather was born near Winchester, Virginia in 1873. At age ten, she moved with her family to Nebraska where most of her stories were set. In 1913, she began an extensive writing career which included many short stories and several novels. In her stories, she depicted the lives of prairie farmers on the great plains. She glorified them over the city dwellers. In 1922, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours. She left behind a heritage for the people she represented, and a living history of a period and place in time. This short story, "Paul's Case", was written around 1905 when Willa Cather was living in Pittsburgh; it is the only one of her stories with that city as a…show more content…
It was almost as if he were directly trying to punish his father by ruining what he had built all his life. He also felt that the world of the rich had been formed just for him. In the story, a scene is portrayed where Paul walks through the halls of the Waldorf feeling that he were in the chambers of an enchanted place where everyone was there only for his benefit, as if they were only to watch and study. Also, Paul's impatience is astounding. His feelings that he should not have to wait on what is due to him are totally unfounded. He almost acts like a small child would not wanting to earn a toy but expects to have it at that moment. This is displayed when it is reflected that he "rather liked to hear these legends of the iron kings, that were told and retold on Sundays and holidays; these stories of palaces in Venice, yachts on the Mediterranean, and high play at Monte Carlo appealed to his fancy, and he was interested in the triumphs of cash boys who had become famous, though he had no mind for the cashboy stage.". He is not happy with the life he lives, and does not feel it is where he belongs. He has a belief that there is no time better than the present, no matter what the cost. It was even a hardship for Paul to wait for his arrival in New York. When he was first seated on the train, it is told that "Paul settled back to
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