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Pauls Case is a short story written by Willa Cather in 1905 It is about a boy in his late teens who is forced to cope with a society that he does not want to fit into We learn about his struggle to be a nonconformist which eventually leads to his suicide So does Paul have a case Well that is for each individual reader to decide Paul fights many internal and external battles throughout the story He struggles against his father teachers principal students Cordelia Street and even the society that he lives in These are all obstacles stopping Paul from being himself Paul represents intellectualism individualism and nonconformity He aspires to be a world-shine explanation about what world shine means The title of the story Pauls Case refers to the word case in more than one way It uses case in a way to say that there is a side to Pauls story or Paul aspirations and dreams do make sense Willa Cather understands that Paul has a case and throughout the story sympathizes with him very much Pauls personality is that of an artist Not only is Paul a lover of arts and beauty but he is very much individualistic a quality commonly found in artists However Paul lives in a society full of conformists just ants marching in a line Pauls father and teachers are always pushing him to be like rest of the group to be just another kid living on Cordelia Street Pauls father encourages Paul to be a business man to go about every day just the same as the last Paul has other plans for himself and he takes his dreams into his own hands This story is a very simple story if the reader refuses to read between the lines All of Willa Cathers hidden meanings and use of symbolism are what makes this story truly great Telling the reader that Paul always wears a red
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