Paul's Case Essay

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  • Paul's Case

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    Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" is a story about a young 16 year-old man, Paul, who is motherless and alienated. Paul's lack of maternal care has led to his alienation. He searches for the aesthetics in life that that he doesn't get from his yellow wallpaper in his house and his detached, overpowering father figure in his life. Paul doesn't have any interests in school and his only happiness is in working at Carnegie Hall and dreams of one-day living the luxurious life in New York City. Paul surrounds

  • Paul's Case

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    Laura Clauser 9/18/2008 Lit 42 The Emotional Place of “Paul’s Case” The main character, a challenging adolescent boy named Paul, has an almost inexplicable ability at irritating every person he comes in contact with. He finds his education trivial, a sense of superiority towards his peers, and a general distaste for everything in his suburban neighborhood on Cordelia Street. At first glance, Paul appears to be suffering from the typical adolescent angst. However, his actions and frame of

  • Paul’s Case Essay

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    farther look into the story, the conflicts the character face make more sense. Every word an author puts in a story is important. So by knowing the symbols with in the story help the reader understand why it is there. In Willa Cather’s short story, Paul’s Case, allows readers to see the themes more clearly and

  • Paul's Case Materialism

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    Essence of Materialism in Paul’s Case Paul’s Case, a short story by Willa Cather, is an insight into the life of a young man who experiences strong repulsion toward his mediocre life. In following Paul’s thoughts and deeds, the reader learns the tragic consequences of the main character’s disillusionment. Despite the absence of any dramatic events or climatic scenes that would serve as turning points for Paul’s fate, Cather profoundly describes his mental and emotional state through his exaggerated

  • Paul's Case Essay

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    Paul's Case Paul was a self-oriented boy, concerned with money, wealth, and glamour, raised in a Calvinist household that supported these ideals. Through my research I have decided that Paul's eventual fate was not any one person's fault. Paul was just as much to blame as his father and teachers for Paul's suicide. Paul was never content with his house on Cordelia Street and was always dreaming about "movin' on up" while he worked at Carnegie Hall and watched the actors and actresses move

  • Paul's Case Psychoanalysis

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    In Willa Cather’s short coming of age like story “Paul’s Case,” Paul, the protagonist, shows contempt for everyone in his dull life including family and teachers and he has no friends. As a way of escaping the life that he thinks is so dreary and boring he indulges himself in his obsessions which include art, theater, music, and his job where he is an usher at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh. His unrealistic ideas that the art world and world of ritzy first class people is like a fantasy like utopia

  • Paul's Case the Movie vs. Paul's Case the Short Story Essay

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    their favorite book is like when acted out on the screen. Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" is a good example of a work adapted to video. The movie has slight differences from the book, but the director Lamont Johnson follows the original closely. Most movies that are inspired by books hold some relation to the author's version, but are changed to fit the director's vision and perhaps make the movie more presentable. "Paul's Case" the movie, beginning to the end, is basically the same, but slight differences

  • A Feminist Reading of Paul's Case

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    A Feminist Reading of Paul's Case   At first glance, it may be considered difficult to give a feminist interpretation of "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, because there is not much mention of women in the text. However, this fact alone gives good reason for a feminist reading of the story. The lack of the presence of females in this story supports the idea that women were not considered an important part of society during Willa Cather's lifetime. In "Paul's Case," the story revolves around

  • The Setting of Paul's Case Essay

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    The setting of the short story “Paul’s Case” is clear and appropriate for the story. This is because Paul's feelings in the story happen to have a direct connection to the setting of the story. The East Coast of the United States is where the story takes place. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Newark, New Jersey, and then on to New York, New York, the exact setting differs throughout the story. “…the dull dawn was beginning to show grey when the engine whistled a mile out of Newark” (Cather). At

  • Common Themes In Paul's Case

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    Paul’s Unexpected Consequences After reading “Paul’s Case” which was written by “Willa Cather” and its movie, which was directed by Lamont Johnson, there was a common theme between both the movie and the book. This common theme dealt with wealth and how it affected our main character, Paul. It affected him in unexpected ways. These ways were both positive and negative and even had a long term effect on him. The common theme was how the pursuit of wealth can have unexpected consequences that are