Paul's Case Literary Analysis

Kirby Coffren

Point of View

The author uses the point of view (first person ominiscent) to show the feelings of Paul and those around him. With this point of view, the reader is able to see Paul from multiple angles. The image correlates with the point of view because it is primilarily focused around Paul and his actions.


For characterization, Paul is clearly depressed and suicidal. Actions like "The sound of an approaching train woke him...he jumped." prove that Paul is unstable and giving the reader an uneasy feeling about him. The picture shows his depressed state in the darkness, I believe, the author wanted to convey.


The setting, primiarily New York City, is described as being not as grand as Paul had dreamt it to be. Paul's unstaisfication with every aspect of life (home life, schooling, now New York) proves his depression further. The image is of New York City, the place that Paul romanticizes, but in reality it's an average place.


The symbol I chose was the red carnation, this flower is a representation of his wealthy life he longed to live. By burying it, he said farewell to this eleborate lifestyle. The image is of a red carnation and looks as lively as Paul describes.


The theme I chose was that a struggling youth cannot find happiness through tangible objects. Because money is such a priority to Paul, money seemed like an accurate image to use surrounding the theme.

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