I believe this loss can occur at any age or station of life. Unable to face his father, Paul sneaks into the basement, where he stays awake all night imagining what would happen if his father mistook him for a burglar and shot him—or recognized Paul in time, but later in life wished that he had shot his son. Paul School in Musoma is a good example of adding value to those I serve. When he realized that he would have to return home and accept his punishment he killed himself. But Cather completes her sentence with these words: a mórbĭd dĕsírĕ fŏr cóol things and soft lights and fresh flowers. The cash that Paul stole amounted to a thousand dollars. Paul's Case is a short story and probably not as famous as some of Willa Cather's other writings, but it stuck out to me because I could understand the character and his rebellious nature against the society that was trying to force him do things that would make him become something that he despised.
She explains these feelings of resentment, humiliation, pride, affection, and commitment with the use of many poetic devices. He worked at Carnegie Hall and adored his job. We had to read this this year in our 9th grade English class. Habits of syntax and predilections in prosody, along with the stylistic resonances they produce, can be as distinctive as a signature in the world of letters. His story would last for thousands of years convicting others to turn from their sinful ways and ultimately to Christ. I did it is way so I can see who got more traffic tickets.
How others perceive Paul only encourages him to fulfill his dream of escaping his monotonous lifestyle. The descriptions of New York City contrast the descriptions of Paul's home, , which he despises. The next morning, he wakes up, hungover, and looks at the gun he purchased on his first day in New York. The people around Paul almost want him to fall, even though he's just a young teenager. Today: Steel still ranks among the ten largest industries in America, but by the end of the 1980s, the last of the Pittsburgh steel plants closed. God knew he had to intervene with Saul. You are absorbed in Paul's thoughts as he flails aimlessly in this great big world.
His father chats with a young clerk whom he hopes Paul will emulate. I took a class in college in which I read some Willa Cather pieces—not much, but at least some exposure—and I remember disliking it then, and that appears not to have changed. However, even as Carpenter vacillates between whether Cather is espousing environment or heredity as deciding factors, Arnold comes down clearly on the side of psychological defect and heredity when she writes: Cather portrays in Paul a being who is alienated by more than environment and lack of human contact and understanding. He weaves a fantasy world around the arts and to some extent the signs of wealth, treating school, family and friends with disdain, imagining himself to live in a bigger world. Although Paul comes from a lower middle class family, he does what he can to dress up the frayed and worn clothes he wears.
It is not often for me to meet new or forgotten English words in my readings I guess I need to start reading 19th century authors! You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. Paul dropped back into the immense design of things. Paul was born into the middle class, but he desires a lavish upper class life. When Paul expresses his disdain for his teachers and classmates by lying about his friendship with actors at the theater company, he is expelled from school and banned from his job and from further visits to the theater and to Charley. Unfortunately, the audience learns that Paul and his father have a poor relationship. He also finds time to enjoy the lifestyle of the rich by observing the nearby luxury hotels and spending time with a local actor.
On the way he sees bright bouquets of flowers framed in windows that pop out against the white snow, and he reflects that they are being kept safe from the cruel world. I saw Paul as someone who doesn't see his father's concern, or seeing that his teachers wanted to help him. Born in the middle of the second , Cather grew up during a time when new scientific knowledge of physics and chemistry helped build gigantic new industries. Cather's purpose was to show that, by focusing on what he didn't have, Paul could not live at all. Pauls Case The Short Story by Willa Cather Sometimes in movie production a film is developed from a piece of literature. The rhythm of the last words glárĭng ăffĭrmátiŏn ŏf the ŏmnípŏtĕnce ŏf weálth is based on three resolved cretics and a final isolated stress on the word wealth.
When he is not physically at Carnegie Hall, his thoughts remain there causing his school work to suffer. This description is definitely applicable to Paul? I think his alienation was so complete in his mind, that it was as if he was completely alone. The irony woven throughout the text builds up to an epiphonic moment, a main paradox in the story, which reveals to the reader Paul's true nature. In 1913, she began an extensive writing career which included many short stories and several novels. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing. His clothes are too big, his family is too distant, his school is too strict, absolutely everything around Paul contrasts with him. The point Sartre argues is that existence precedes essence.
Cather's work has been re-examined under the microscope of queer theory and it is quite fruitful to examine this text with that lens. They also symbolize Paul, who, like flowers in winter, is out of place. Less impressive is the company being involved in over 6000 active lawsuits and what seems to be a proven track record of forcing out smaller business in the areas it locates to, putting many people out of work. Privately, the drawing master remembers seeing Paul asleep one day in class and being shocked at his aged appearance. His transformation from Saul to Paul is what makes his story even more appreciated by those who are followers of Christ.