Paul's Case

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  • The red carnation Paul wears along with his shabby clothes is perceived by the faculty as representative of his attitude, not serious. They also judge Paul by his not very attractive clothes and assume he is disrespectful
  • The faculty members feel that Paul is repulsed by them and react by lashing out at him, however Paul does not show any emotion besides smiling during their criticism. People are constantly putting him down without really understanding the kind of person he is
  • He finds interest in Carnegie Hall as an usher. Music allows him to escape from the harsh reality, along with art, such as "blue rico" and theater
  • The principal speaks with Paul's father and prohibits him from returning to the high school and Carnegie Hall or the theater in which Paul's friend, Charley Edwards, one of the actors.
  • Paul leaves Pittsburgh to go to New York City and escape his neglecting father and prejudice teachers. Here, he wishes to live luxuriously and become wealthy. In desperation, he pickpockets money and feels content listening to an orchestra
  • Paul finds no point in living a life anymore due to the fact that he cannot live out his dreams and pursue the arts. He was heavily oppressed by those who kept him from pursuing what he felt passionate about him, so he jumps in front of a train and commits suicide.
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