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Subject Paul's Case
Posted by Trista
Posted on Wed Nov 11 11:37:04 1998
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Name: Trista Wu Student Number: 487200477
The journal of Paul's Case
Analysis:
I think the main reason why the teachers were so angry with Paul (p.257-p.258) is not only because that Paul resisted the teachers' authority, but also because that Paul's resistance was so innocent and involuntary that it seemed thoroughly natural for him to behave like that. The teachers thought Paul did not feel sorry or regretted at all and he showed that he seemed to stand in the right side. Such behaviors certainly would make more serious problems than humiliated and destroy the teacher's authority. I think it's the major reason why the teachers regarded Paul's case as an unusual one and couldn't forgive him as they forgive other students.
The world of luxuries is the one he really likes. The first evidence is that in page 258, the 6th complete paragraph, it describes that Paul went into the picture gallery, and what exhilarated him was not the beautiful picture, but the scene of "Paris street" and "blue Venetian". These two places are always full of high-level people and are quite different from the Cordelia Street. Second one, in the page 259, the second complete paragraph, it describes that "When the symphony íKand lost himself as he had done before the Rico. It was not that symphonies, as such, meant anything in particular to Paul, but íKto free some hilarious and potent spirit within himíKthe concert hall blazed into unimaginable splendor." The reason why Paul again felt excited is not because of the graceful music or strong rhythm, but because of staying in a place where those noble men come in and go out. Third one, in the same paragraph, Paul was fascinated by the soprano. Instead of describing her voice, he thought of her appearance and expensive ornaments. In the page 260, the second complete paragraph, "Paul followed the carriage íKit seemed to Paul that he, too, entered. He seemed to feel himself go after her íKof the Sunday World supplement." Paul apparently only wanted to go into the world where the soprano lived. Those can tell that what Paul desired is the world of luxuries, but not the world of art.
The flowers are the symbols of vanity. At first, before Paul went to New York. The carnation was the only flower, which appeared in the story. It meant that Paul's imagination was the only thing connected with the high society. Then, in the page 266, the fifth complete paragraph, violets, roses, carnations, and lilies bloomed in the glass case. Now, Paul's imaginary world connected with the real vanity world. Finally, in the last page, again, the carnation became the only flower. The other flowers' disappearance meant that the loss of the vanity world. Then, the carnation drooped and his dream broke as well.


Opinion:
In fact, I don't pity Paul at all, for I always believe that "one's personality creates one's life. Although I know that one's personality comes from his upbringing and background, I don't really know what kind of life experience Paul has ever had. To judge by his personality only, I do think Paul deserted to have some punishments. Yet, the punishment of death is really too serious, however it, again, is his own decision. He chooses to escape from the real word and lose the chance to realize his dream. I believe that he must be able to make his dream come true, as long as he makes effort. Nothing would be impossible. Therefore, I only feel sorry that he doesn't have the chance to really experience the life he always seeks for, but feel nothing about his suffering. I think he has no any endurance. Life used to have all kind of tests. To commit suicide can really solve all the problems. It only leaves the trouble and sorrow to your family and friends, and the loss of enjoying the future life.
All in all, I don't support or pity Paul at all.
As to the teachers' behaviors, I don't really oppose them. If I were the teacher, I believe that I would have the same reaction as well. Because if Paul was a student, who was intentional to revisit the common principles, it would be easy and possible to direct him, for he knew what was right and what was wrong. The reason why he wanted to resist the authority was some kind of revolt only. However, Paul's case was different. His entire behavior seemed to come from his nature. Without looking into his background, you would believe that it was his inherent quality to behave like that. The teachers were only morals. Therefore, I think I could understand why the teachers had such extremely acts.
























Name: Trista Wu Student Number: 487200477
The journal of Paul's Case
Analysis:
I think the main reason why the teachers were so angry with Paul (p.257-p.258) is not only because that Paul resisted the teachers' authority, but also because that Paul's resistance was so innocent and involuntary that it seemed thoroughly natural for him to behave like that. The teachers thought Paul did not feel sorry or regretted at all and he showed that he seemed to stand in the right side. Such behaviors certainly would make more serious problems than humiliated and destroy the teacher's authority. I think it's the major reason why the teachers regarded Paul's case as an unusual one and couldn't forgive him as they forgive other students.
The world of luxuries is the one he really likes. The first evidence is that in page 258, the 6th complete paragraph, it describes that Paul went into the picture gallery, and what exhilarated him was not the beautiful picture, but the scene of "Paris street" and "blue Venetian". These two places are always full of high-level people and are quite different from the Cordelia Street. Second one, in the page 259, the second complete paragraph, it describes that "When the symphony íKand lost himself as he had done before the Rico. It was not that symphonies, as such, meant anything in particular to Paul, but íKto free some hilarious and potent spirit within himíKthe concert hall blazed into unimaginable splendor." The reason why Paul again felt excited is not because of the graceful music or strong rhythm, but because of staying in a place where those noble men come in and go out. Third one, in the same paragraph, Paul was fascinated by the soprano. Instead of describing her voice, he thought of her appearance and expensive ornaments. In the page 260, the second complete paragraph, "Paul followed the carriage íKit seemed to Paul that he, too, entered. He seemed to feel himself go after her íKof the Sunday World supplement." Paul apparently only wanted to go into the world where the soprano lived. Those can tell that what Paul desired is the world of luxuries, but not the world of art.
The flowers are the symbols of vanity. At first, before Paul went to New York. The carnation was the only flower, which appeared in the story. It meant that Paul's imagination was the only thing connected with the high society. Then, in the page 266, the fifth complete paragraph, violets, roses, carnations, and lilies bloomed in the glass case. Now, Paul's imaginary world connected with the real vanity world. Finally, in the last page, again, the carnation became the only flower. The other flowers' disappearance meant that the loss of the vanity world. Then, the carnation drooped and his dream broke as well.


Opinion:
In fact, I don't pity Paul at all, for I always believe that "one's personality creates one's life. Although I know that one's personality comes from his upbringing and background, I don't really know what kind of life experience Paul has ever had. To judge by his personality only, I do think Paul deserted to have some punishments. Yet, the punishment of death is really too serious, however it, again, is his own decision. He chooses to escape from the real word and lose the chance to realize his dream. I believe that he must be able to make his dream come true, as long as he makes effort. Nothing would be impossible. Therefore, I only feel sorry that he doesn't have the chance to really experience the life he always seeks for, but feel nothing about his suffering. I think he has no any endurance. Life used to have all kind of tests. To commit suicide can really solve all the problems. It only leaves the trouble and sorrow to your family and friends, and the loss of enjoying the future life.
All in all, I don't support or pity Paul at all.
As to the teachers' behaviors, I don't really oppose them. If I were the teacher, I believe that I would have the same reaction as well. Because if Paul was a student, who was intentional to revisit the common principles, it would be easy and possible to direct him, for he knew what was right and what was wrong. The reason why he wanted to resist the authority was some kind of revolt only. However, Paul's case was different. His entire behavior seemed to come from his nature. Without looking into his background, you would believe that it was his inherent quality to behave like that. The teachers were only morals. Therefore, I think I could understand why the teachers had such extremely acts.
































Name: Trista Wu Student Number: 487200477
The journal of Paul's Case
Analysis:
I think the main reason why the teachers were so angry with Paul (p.257-p.258) is not only because that Paul resisted the teachers' authority, but also because that Paul's resistance was so innocent and involuntary that it seemed thoroughly natural for him to behave like that. The teachers thought Paul did not feel sorry or regretted at all and he showed that he seemed to stand in the right side. Such behaviors certainly would make more serious problems than humiliated and destroy the teacher's authority. I think it's the major reason why the teachers regarded Paul's case as an unusual one and couldn't forgive him as they forgive other students.
The world of luxuries is the one he really likes. The first evidence is that in page 258, the 6th complete paragraph, it describes that Paul went into the picture gallery, and what exhilarated him was not the beautiful picture, but the scene of "Paris street" and "blue Venetian". These two places are always full of high-level people and are quite different from the Cordelia Street. Second one, in the page 259, the second complete paragraph, it describes that "When the symphony íKand lost himself as he had done before the Rico. It was not that symphonies, as such, meant anything in particular to Paul, but íKto free some hilarious and potent spirit within himíKthe concert hall blazed into unimaginable splendor." The reason why Paul again felt excited is not because of the graceful music or strong rhythm, but because of staying in a place where those noble men come in and go out. Third one, in the same paragraph, Paul was fascinated by the soprano. Instead of describing her voice, he thought of her appearance and expensive ornaments. In the page 260, the second complete paragraph, "Paul followed the carriage íKit seemed to Paul that he, too, entered. He seemed to feel himself go after her íKof the Sunday World supplement." Paul apparently only wanted to go into the world where the soprano lived. Those can tell that what Paul desired is the world of luxuries, but not the world of art.
The flowers are the symbols of vanity. At first, before Paul went to New York. The carnation was the only flower, which appeared in the story. It meant that Paul's imagination was the only thing connected with the high society. Then, in the page 266, the fifth complete paragraph, violets, roses, carnations, and lilies bloomed in the glass case. Now, Paul's imaginary world connected with the real vanity world. Finally, in the last page, again, the carnation became the only flower. The other flowers' disappearance meant that the loss of the vanity world. Then, the carnation drooped and his dream broke as well.


Opinion:
In fact, I don't pity Paul at all, for I always believe that "one's personality creates one's life. Although I know that one's personality comes from his upbringing and background, I don't really know what kind of life experience Paul has ever had. To judge by his personality only, I do think Paul deserted to have some punishments. Yet, the punishment of death is really too serious, however it, again, is his own decision. He chooses to escape from the real word and lose the chance to realize his dream. I believe that he must be able to make his dream come true, as long as he makes effort. Nothing would be impossible. Therefore, I only feel sorry that he doesn't have the chance to really experience the life he always seeks for, but feel nothing about his suffering. I think he has no any endurance. Life used to have all kind of tests. To commit suicide can really solve all the problems. It only leaves the trouble and sorrow to your family and friends, and the loss of enjoying the future life.
All in all, I don't support or pity Paul at all.
As to the teachers' behaviors, I don't really oppose them. If I were the teacher, I believe that I would have the same reaction as well. Because if Paul was a student, who was intentional to revisit the common principles, it would be easy and possible to direct him, for he knew what was right and what was wrong. The reason why he wanted to resist the authority was some kind of revolt only. However, Paul's case was different. His entire behavior seemed to come from his nature. Without looking into his background, you would believe that it was his inherent quality to behave like that. The teachers were only morals. Therefore, I think I could understand why the teachers had such extremely acts.










































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