Paul's Case- Literary Analysis
Catie Smith 3A
Point of View
Willa uses p.o.v. to connect to the theme by having the teachers p.o.v in the beginning of the story and then in paragraph 11 it shifts to Pauls p.o.v which shows the reader why Paul is so isolated. This picture conveys the p.o.v because it is suppossed to be a teachers disapproval p.o.v.
The auther uses characterization to elucidate the theme by describing him as a tall, lean, and lonely teenage boy who feels alienated by his teachers, family and community. This picture conveys characteriztion because its a lonely teenage boy sitting in a dark hall. The dark hall represents his view of his life since he thinks it is terrible. The light is the life he dreams of.
The red carnations Paul wears in his buttonholes on his shirt elucidates the theme because his teachers see the flowers as representing his continued defiance which makes them want him to feel some sort of remorse but him continuing to wear them shows that he is not. This picture conveys symbolism because the act of the flowers burial symbolizes Paul's action of suicide.