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Pauls Ignored Case The adults in Willa Cathers story Pauls Case generally view Paul as a bad case Websters Ninth Collegiate Dictionary defines a case as a situation requiring investigation or action p 211 However none of the adults ever actually investigate why Paul acts the way he does Although they frequently reprimand him for his behavior no one ever tries to determine the cause of it Paul is in fact a very depressed young man He is unhappy at school he is unhappy at home and in a way he is even unhappy at the theater for he must constantly look at a life he knows he can never have for himself Paul needs help but he never gets it The lack of investigation into Pauls case ultimately leads to his demise Even though Paul shows clear signs of depression at school his teachers never take any time to try to help him To the reader Pauls case seems fairly typical He is an unhappy teenager and so he acts out at school In fact the very first thing we learn about Paul is that he has been suspended from school His instructors describe his behavior as impertinent 5 and wrong 10 Furthermore they also note that Paul has an odd physical aversion to them His English teacher describes an instance in which she tried to guide Pauls hand at the blackboard and he started back with a shudder and thrust his hands violently behind him 3 Unfortunately Pauls instructors never try to figure out what exactly is wrong with Paul Instead they act mean and vindictive towards him They are insulted by his obvious contempt for him and during his appearance at the school they fall upon him without mercy 4 They dont understand Paul and so they fear him and feel anger towards him when in fact they should be trying to help him With very little investigation they would
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