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In Willa Cathers Pauls Case the author uses symbolism and imagery to stress the disillusionment of teenagers and how it can eventually lead to death Symbolism Symbolism is relating symbolic meaning or significance to events relationships or objects put source hear In Willa Cathers essay the teenage disillusionment of Paul can show the symbolic relationship between the red carnation that adorns Pauls suit and Pauls dream for beauty happiness and belonging We read that Paul found the schoolroom more than ever repulsiveCather 355 and that he could not bear to have the other pupils think for a moment that he took these people seriouslyCather 355 These feelings that Paul possesses show that he is a very superficial person and that outer beauty like that of the carnation is one main key to his true happiness Pauls flippantly red carnationCather 549 and his conscious expressionusually attributed to insolenceCather 549 lead us to believe that Paul finds himself better than everyone in his town and those thoughts probably led to his decision of going to New York City to be among his people Cather 358 to be among the flowers the while linen the many-colored wine-glasses the gay toilettes of the women the love popping of corks Cather 358 Paul believes that beauty is superficial and to become beautiful he must be around it After Paul realizes that his time among the beautiful is expiring we find him outside in the snow near a railroad His dream dying he begins to wilt like the carnations on his jacket their red glory over Cather 361 It was only one splendid breath they had Cather 360 and Paul felt it had paid indeed Cather 360 As if signifying the end of his dream he took one of the blossoms carefully from his coat and scooped
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