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It is said that books are better then the movies created from books I feel that the story and the film complement each other for Willa Cathers short story Pauls Case is about a young Calvinist man who did not feel that he belonged in his life He lived on Cordelia Street in Pittsburgh PA Cordelia Street was littered with cookie cutter houses suburbanite-like city-dwellers and a general aura of despair Pauls room was no different Paul felt that his abusive father uncaring teachers and classmates who misunderstand him arent worthy of his presence and company Paul is so infatuated with living the life of a performer that it leads him to thievery Pauls only joy comes from his love for the arts He is an usher in a concert hall and spends most of his time behind the scenes in a theatre helping the actors He longs to live the life of a rich person but doesnt seem to realize that he must work for it Both the film and the short story emphasize these characteristics within the main character and after seeing the movie the reader gets a better idea of the emotions that are running through Pauls head You really dont get a feel for Pauls character until you see the expression on his face while watching a play be performed his face changing with the music and the joyfulness he feels when the drama is complete This sort of fantasy world he wishes to lives in soon becomes a reality for him After being fired from his position at the concert hall and being expelled from school Paul is given a job by one of his fathers friends Paul was sent to the bank with server thousands of dollars to make a deposit The movie tells that he just took it all and went home Where in the book he actually went back to work finished his shift asked
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