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I had always believed that suicide was only in the movies Two summers ago I realized that it could happen in real life I had a mutual friend his name was Rick He was a smart and good-looking boy who seemed to have it all His parents were two of the nicest people that I have ever met They had a healthy marriage good jobs and a nice home They always provided Rick with anything he needed or wanted Rick had a girlfriend named Jamie and a lot of friends He was also supposed to attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1997 Something was obviously missing in his life because it ended abruptly one night after a going away party for him He went upstairs and took his best friend with him and pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head before his friend could figure out what was happening He is a good example of a tragic life that was lost In the story Pauls Case Willa Cather shows that Paul is destroyed by a conflict with a hostile environmentEveryone in his or her life encounters some type of conflict Whether it is with a person or a thing Pauls first conflict is with his teachers A good example is demonstrated in the passage about his English teacherOnce when he had been making a synopsis of a paragraph at the blackboard his English teacher had stepped to his side and attempted to guide his hand Paul had started back with a shudder and thrust his hands violently behind him Willa Cather Pauls Case Story and Structure Ed L Perrine p 155From this example it is evident that Paul is an independent individual and does not want the help of his teachers Another example came from the passage which took place during a meeting with his principal and his teachersHis teachers felt this afternoon that his whole attitude was symbolized
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