Paul's case

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Each box contains a symbol or important part of the story that contributed to the downfall of the character from the short story, "Paul's Case."

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  • Paul constantly referred back to music and theater to ameliorate his own reality. This idea corresponded with drugs, which was mentioned when his eyes were described, because drugs are a form of escaping reality for many, just as the arts were for Paul.
  • His sexual orientation was the main point that made him stick out in society. Although it was not directly said, it was implied due to always being oppressed and singled out in society. For instance, his father used the example of a clerk who got married young and had kids immediately to Paul. However, Paul continued to dismiss this subject matter.
  • Violet- the wealthy lifestyle Paul coveted
  • White (and Blue)- Paul's unrealistic dreams
  • Red- Actions that are not socially accepted
  • Yellow- Paul's hatred of his middle class life
  • Ultimately, the temptation of being able to live like the wealthy took over Paul. The societal oppression also added to this wanting sensation because the doors were a separation between the upper and middle/lower class. Therefore, greed consumed Paul and led to his negative choices.
  • Snow seemed to occur when he stole the money. It started to accumulate after a few days and Paul realized that the Carnations (Symbolized himself) couldn't survive in the snow. The snow represented his lies, and even though they made him feel empowered at first, the lies about himself and his actions were ultimately the downfall of his life.
  • The red carnation symbolized Paul himself. In the beginning, the teachers chose overlook the flower on his shirt. When he had an abundance of money, he ordered several flowers to his hotel room, which portrayed the highest point in his life. Finally, when he was sauntering to the train tracks to kill himself, he stumbled upon flowers dying, which foreshadowed his next self-inflicting action.
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