Taken from her The Troll Garden collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Cather may be exploring the theme of hostility. Paul, with his red carnation, does not appear to take proceedings seriously something that his teachers appear to be aware of.
Overview[ edit ] Around the turn of the century, Pittsburgh was an industrial center with a successful class of business leaders.
New York City was known to be a place that one can escape to. From his negative surroundings, he would be anxious to make a perfect way of living. From his conservative environment, he would purposely separate himself from everyone else and feel isolated.
For example, he enjoys a symphony concert not so much for the music, but for the atmosphere: Once he exhausts his funds, he commits suicide rather than allow his father to take him back to Pittsburgh. The term enables Cather to adopt "the voice of medical authority.
At the start of the story, Paul is suspended from his high school in Pittsburgh for a week. He then goes to work at a music hall in Pittsburgh, named Carnegie Hall. Here he enjoys donning his uniform and performing his job as an usher with enthusiasm as if he were the host of a grand social event.
He stays for the concert and enjoys the social scene, while losing himself in the music. After the concert, Paul follows the soloist and imagines life inside her hotel room. Unfortunately, the audience learns that Paul and his father have a poor relationship.
Upon returning home very late one night, Paul enters through the basement to avoid a confrontation with his father. Paul stays awake all night imagining what would happen if his father mistook him for a burglar and shot him, or if his dad would recognize him in time.
Paul despises the " burghers "  on his respectable but drab street. Although his father considers him a role model for Paul, Paul is unimpressed by a plodding young man who works for an iron company and is married with four children. While Paul longs to be wealthy, cultivated, and powerful, he lacks the stamina and ambition to attempt to change his condition.
Instead, Paul escapes his monotonous life by visiting Charley Edwards, a young actor. Later on, Paul makes it clear to one of his teachers that his job ushering is more important than his schoolwork, and his father prevents him from continuing to work as an usher.
He buys an expensive wardrobe, rents a room at the Waldorf-Astoria Hoteland walks around the city. His few days of impersonating a rich, privileged young man bring him more contentment than he has ever known. Paul reveals that he had bought a gun on his first day in New York City, and he briefly considers shooting himself to avoid returning to his old life in Pittsburgh.
Eventually, he decides against it and instead commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. Paul made the ultimate decision of taking his own life because the thought of returning to his old one was too much for him to handle, and he felt the need to escape into a whole different world where it was much more enjoyable to be.
Symbolism[ edit ] Flowers- Flowers, such as a red carnation and violets, appear many times throughout the story. Since Paul sees everything as dull and boring, the flowers represent the desire that he has to find the beauty in life.
Paul had the opportunity to use a gun to end his life. However, the gun belonged to his father. Paul had always feared his father. Right before Paul kills himself, the carnations are "drooping with the cold It premiered in April at the Artisphere in Washington, D.
Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. University of Nebraska Press,p. Studies in Short Fiction.Good Books for Grades Q.
Do you have a list of suggested books for a really good literary education for the secondary student? Yes, I do, and I love . My Ántonia or My Antonia is a novel published in by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. It is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O .
Text & MP3 Files There are 57 fifteen-minute MP3 files. That is about 14 hours of listening. My Ántonia (/ ˈ æ n t ə n i ə / AN-tə-nee-ə) is a novel published in by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best r-bridal.com is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers!
and The Song of the Lark.. The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia. In Paul’s Case by Willa Cather we have the theme of hostility, respect, freedom, escape, corruption, determination and commitment.
Taken from her The Troll Garden collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Cather may be exploring the theme of hostility.
Pauls Case, Part One Download MP3. Our story today is called "Pauls Case." It was written by Willa Cather. "Pauls Case" will be told in two parts.