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Transcript of Paul's Case
Born in Winchester, Virginia
Oldest of 7 children BY: WILLA CATHER About Willa
Cather 1891 Enters University of Nebraska Home In Virginia As a child, Willa's grandmother made her read literary classics along with the Bible. In 1883, when Willa was about 10 years old, her family moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska where most of her stories were based. As the teen years approached she dressed and acted like a boy. She was set on becoming a doctor and studying science but instead studied the classics and Literature. The Story’s Position in American Literary History Naturalism
Paul's school holds him back
His father's plan for his future contradicts his own plans and dreams
His suicide Realism
Darker story overall
Paul's character is pessimistic
generally struggles with life
Main relationship: with his dad and music Realistic? Naturalistic? Regionalistic? Romantic?
-Paul is a student who acts out in class due to his mothers death at a young age
- Gets a job as an usher at Carnegie Hall
-His feelings and admiration towards music
-His relationship with his dad
-His suicidal death Regionalism
Paul describes his life as common, flavourless, and a "colourless mass of every-day existence". Home in Nebraska Questions: Works Cited H.W. Wilson Company, Inc. ProQuest Learning: Literature. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. <http://literature.proquestlearning.com/critRef/displayItemById.do?QueryType=reference&forAuthor=2994&BackTo=Author%20Page&ItemID=bio2994%20pqllit_ref_lib>. Realism Continued...
Increase in Industrialization after the CIvil War
The power of money causes him to loose control
Gun vs. Train idea Works Cited H.W. Wilson Company, Inc. ProQuest Learning: Literature. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. <http://literature.proquestlearning.com/critRef/displayItemById.do?QueryType=reference&forAuthor=2994&BackTo=Author%20Page&ItemID=bio2994%20pqllit_ref_lib>. Romanticism
Common Man- He is of average wealth, and status.
Nostalgia- Yearning for a better life, and more freedom.
Individualism- Paul does what he wants.
Melancholy- Happy to be in New York but knows he has to go back to Pittsburgh. Cather, Willa. "Paul's Case." Great Short Stories by American Women . New York:
Dover Publications, INC., 1996. 112-129. Print. Do you think Paul's suicide was a good solution or do you think his problems could have been solved otherwise? Do you think Paul's trip to New York was an aspect of realism? If so, why?
If you had 1,000 dollars, how would you spend it differently? Where there is great love,
there are always wishes.