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Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament

Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament


by Willa Cather

Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament: Themes (for the Most Part) True or False

1. How does Paul's pursuit of art reveal the troubling nature of his home condition? -> Paul is not poor, yet he is drawn to the life of the exceptional as a fantasy escape. Art fuels this fantasy.
2. How does Paul's rich fantasy life reveal his uncertainty? -> Despite his rich daydreams, Paul lacks a plan. It seems like the only real plan he's ever been able to carry all the way through is ending his own life.
3. How does "Paul's Case" suggest that lies can actually be more honest than the truth? -> Nope. "Paul's Case" argues the value of brutal honesty in all scenarios.
4. Why does Paul end up stealing money? -> The only way he can see to gain any sort of power is money, and since earning it honestly takes too long, he ends up stealing it.