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Imagery in Pauls Case The imagery used in a composition has a profound effect on perspective and interpretation Just as one may see a rotten apple differently if it were described in flowery terms the use of imagery can turn ones perspective in a different direction In Cathers Pauls Case Pauls choice of suicide is thus justified through the juxtaposition of his two lives that of the stage and of his home The first comparison that one comes across when reading the story is of the red carnation against Pauls overcoat Throughout the story Paul is symbolized by flowers whether they are in a shop window his hotel room or against his overcoat The vibrant carnation provides a look at Pauls spirit compared to the life he is forced to live by his father and teachers Paul is eccentric and bright just as the carnation while he is forced to live a dreary life void of any excitement and beauty For further insight into Pauls spirit one can look at his admiration for the art in Carnegie Hall While waiting to begin work Paul visits the picture gallery and quickly becomes lost in the beauty of the paintings His admiration of the art continues with Cathers explanation that symphonies as such meant anything in particular to Paul but the first sigh of the instruments seemed to free some hilarious and potent spirit within him He felt a sudden zest of life Cathers wording seems to imply that Paul in his natural state outside Carnegie Hall was not really alive at all at least in spirit Pauls life outside Carnegie Hall could be described as boring at best The description of Pauls room with its horrible yellow wallpaper creaky bureau with its greasy plush collarbox and the paintings of George Washington John Calvin and the framed motto all were described in a lethargic and sullied manner It is in the next paragraph however that one
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