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Many times we try to separate ourselves from the world around us we distance ourselves from the society For most of us this delibarate isolation is temporary but for Willa Cathers protagonist in the short story Pauls Case this seclusion is permanent In fact many researches show that Pauls behavior could be explain by the fact that he seems to be suffering from a narcissic personality disorder and that this illness plus other emotional factors could be the key to his suicide Many reports and analysis state that Paul is suffering from Narcissism Although the story was written in 1904 and that particular personnality disorder was only diagnosed in 1977 Cathers character embodies many of the symptoms listed by the doctors such as highly developped sense of self importance preoccupation with fantasies of success belief that he is special feeling he has the envy of peers and arrogant behavior Benis 303 But the main display of Pauls illness is his over-developped sense of self-importance the way he feels that he is worth much more than the environment of Cordelia Street A good example of that is when he comes back to his home after a concert he feels a loathing of respectable beds of common food a shuddering repulsion for the flavorless colorless mass of everyday existence Cather 215-216 Paul feels that he is special and deserves to be associated with those of his equal For this reason he enjoys interactions with the experienced circle of the theater such as leading juvenile Charley Edwards until his English teacher connects his glamourous world with an inferior world outside him what business had she here among all these fine people and gay colors Cather 214 From there on he decides that he is too fabulous for pitifull Pittsburgh and decides to move on to the high class society of New York City But unlike what Paul seems to think he doesnt come from
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