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In Willa Carthers Pauls Case Paul the main character lives a life that may be compared to flowers which are so vividly and often referred to in the text just as flowers blossom and die so too does Paul After living one week as the kind of boy he had always wanted to beCarther Paul finds the idea of returning to his ordinary life unbearable Paul had lived one splendid breath and a losing game in the end just as he had referred to the flowers growing behind the glass in spite of the winter cold outside As the story opens Paul is appearing before the schools faculty for his misdemeanors wearing a red carnation in his button whole The red carnation symbolizes Pauls attitude He stood smiling exposing his white teeth as the faculty fell upon him without mercy stating their respective charges against him Other boys had broke down and began to cry under such interrogation But Paul never did break down he continued to answer the questions politely Although Pauls feelings toward the schools faculty were not love the carnation expressed love fascination and distinction The red denoted deep love and affection FTD Pauls wearing of the carnation is indicative of his contrary attitude toward the schools faculty and the intended purpose of his appearance Pauls attempt to portray a gentleman who was beyond reproach was enough to drive the faculty members mad But convincing enough to have them feeling humiliated to have felt so vindictive toward him One of them remembered having seen a miserable street cat set at bay by a ring of tormentors Carther Pauls life was ordinary to most people He lived in a respectable neighborhood where family life was largely predictable because of the similarities amongst those living there The houses lining the streets were exactly alike And living in them were businessmen who reared large families of children that attended Sabbath-school
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