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Importance Of Point Of View In The Story Paul’s Case

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In the story “Paul’s Case” point of view plays a huge role in the telling of this short story written by Willa Cather in 1905. This is a story of a young boy who has to perform on a daily basis for society and hide his true self. In Paul's case Cather uses the point of view to show pauls emotion towards other character and his daily routine this helps better understand what the character is going through and the choices he makes. It also shows the reader how the world sees him and what he thinks of himself.
This story is basically about a boy named Paul who goes on a downward spiral in his life. It starts with trouble at school his teachers call a meeting his father confesses how he feels about paul. everyone is scared of him or weary of him because his is different. he wears a mask of an un-phased teenage boy who doesn't care about anything but in reality he has a million worries running through his head about his father and keeping his mask on so society does not see the real him. “He had the feeling of not being able to let down; of its being impossible to give up this delicious excitement which was the only thing that could be called living at all ducing the last number he withdrew and after hastily changing his clothes in the dressing room , slipped out to the side door where the singers carriage stood.” 126 paragraph 15 he was being happy and letting his emotion showed but he caught himself and put his mask back on and left. It gets worse when he decides to take money from Denny and Carson’s deposit and go to New York to live out his last days in luxury he has his fun buys new clothes and goes into an expensive hotel. In the end he jumps in front of a train and kills himself. “ He felt something strike his chest,- his body was being thrown swiftly through the air , on and on , immeasurably far and fast, while his limbs gently relaxed.” 133 paragraph 68

This story is written in third person limited omniscient. The narrator only knows pauls thoughts and feelings and not the other characters. “He was always excited while he dressed, twanging all over to the tuning of strings and preliminary flourishes of the horns in the music-room …” Paul’s Case page 125 paragraph 13. The point of view in this story affects the attitude of readers towards other characters it depicts them differently knowing how paul feels about them. “Paul stopped short before the door. He felt that he could not be accosted by his father tonight ; that he could not toss again on that miserable bed.” page 127 paragraph 21 line describing pauls emotions towards his father makes his father seem like a more fearable character than if it were to just say that his dad was standing on the stairs waiting for him. It shows how paul feels about his life and his attitude towards other people. “ the only thing that was his own courage - for he realized...

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