Paul's Case

Literary Analysis

Point of View

The point of view changes in the beginning. At first it's third- person with the adults around Paul as the narrator. Then after a couple of chapters the point of view changes to third- person omniscient, with the narrator being Paul's thoughts.

Characterization

Paul doesn't fit in anywhere, he is rebellious and temperamental he doesn't have a stable relationship with his dad, and a bad reputation at school. These problems drive him to take his own life. He is displayed as a young man of great intellect and individuality, but retains an undesirable persona, like irritability and conceitedness.

Setting

Paul traveling to New York using the money he stole from his father is where he buy his new life. This is the beginning of the end of Paul as he enjoys his material life.

Symbolism

The carnation that Paul sees withering in the cold foreshadows Paul's death at the end; the hopelessness Paul feels.

The train tracks represent Paul's actual death as he throws himself in front of the train.

Theme

Paul thinks that money would solve all his problems and that all he needs is a little money and people will start respecting him.

Work Cited

Burning Money. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.

New York City. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.

Noel, Jay. Point of View. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2013. <http://www.jaynoel.com/2012/02/point-of-view-part-two.html>.

Red Carnation, Ice. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013. <http://www.freeflowerpictures.net/flowers/carnations/Red_carnation_flower_4259.html>.

Sachdeva, Divya. Walking in the Rain. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.

Straight Tracks. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013. <http://www.123rf.com/photo_4675874_straight-train-tracks-with-dark-sky-above.html>.