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In the short story Pauls Case by Willa Cather the main character Paul feels entrapped in a life he feels he doesnt belong in due to the lack of love Paul is overcome with feelings of despair because feels his father teachers and classmates misunderstand him and are unworthy of his company In the beginning of the story Paul has a meeting with his teachers because he was misbehaving Paul shows up for the meeting wearing clothes that were a trifle outgrownwith a red carnation in his buttonhole The teachers thought this was not properly significant of the contrite spirit befitting a boy under the ban of suspension The flower shows Paul does not care about school or his teachers His teachers feel that his whole attitude was symbolized by his shrug and his flippantly red carnation flower The principal also noted his conceit as he left the meeting and bowed described as a repetition of the scandalous red carnation It seems that the carnation is Pauls strength and reminds him of his need to be with a different class of people Paul worked as an usher at Carnegie Hall the only place where he felt himself unfold He became lost in the music plays and art While Paul was at home he would dream about the life he believed himself to be living as a morbid desire for cool things and soft lights and fresh flowers To Paul people who enjoyed having the presence of flowers seemed to be of a higher class which is the reason he wears the red carnation He describes his neighborhood the people he despises to be prosy men who never wore frock coats or violets in their buttonholes He would dream about the flowers he sent to members of the stock company his acquaintances Paul wants to be like the flowers living to their extent saturating the beauty of life When Paul was in New York City
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