Paul s Case Literary Analysis By Cody Smith

English 103, Section 15 Miss Jodi Thomas April 16, 2009 Word Count: 668

Thesis: Color symbolism in Paul s Case reveals Paul s incorrect view of happiness. The color blue represents the enchantment of Paul s dream world i. Paul s visions flash to black as death envelopes him . Paul feels at home in his new surroundings ii. Paul shows contempt and defiance to average society b. The color purple represents the luxurious life for which Paul has longed i. His imaginary world includes a blue-and-white Mediterranean shore b. Paul realizes that the time of fun is over when he runs out of money ii. Paul believes that this new life is the life he was destined to live II. Paul does not feel happy in the real world a. The color black represents Paul s loneliness and death i. The color red represents Paul s arrogance and pride i. Paul defies those around him and live life as he chooses ii. He loses himself while looking at a blue Rico ii. Paul considers his fantasy world to be where he is happiest a. I.

royalty. but in the end it is all empty glitter and does not satisfy his hunger for happiness. perfect New York City. Paul felt now that his surroundings explained him. and lives in a dream world.Colors in Paul s Case Paul's Case tells the story of a depressed young man named Paul whose feelings of superiority and desire for the finer things in life make him a misfit in his own world. Paul lost himself (328) while looking at the blue Rico painting in the Carnegie Hall gallery. Paul isolates himself from the common. and he dreams about being carried out. The color blue represents the enchantment of Paul s dream world. which comforts and accepts him. He dreams of the perfect life. away from everything (335) while listening to the orchestra. Such is the case with New York City. Color symbolism in Paul s Case reveals Paul s incorrect view of happiness. (339) He had longed for . His dream world even includes a blue-and-white Mediterranean shore. (334) He wishes to be carried away from his Pittsburgh home and his simple life. small-minded people he so despises. Paul considers his fantasy world to be where he is happiest. When Paul leaves Pittsburgh. Paul is daydreaming about romance and finer things that aren t a part of his life. What Paul does not realize is that life is never perfect. just as he sees it in his dreams of glory. and happiness. Purple vibrates with luxury. When blue is mentioned. he comes to a new. This fantasy happiness is symbolized by the colors blue and purple. and prosperity. He yearns to find happiness and escape the drab reality of his daily life. fame. blue league after blue league. The color purple represents the luxurious life for which Paul has longed. He escapes to the life of his dreams before resolving to a final and unfortunate solution. Despair and frustration force Paul to revolt.

and nobody questioned his purple. Paul felt on top of the world. Paul has a sense of arrogance of pride. he instantly visualizes in vivid color all the things he will never get to do. When he moves to New York. who did not live a luxurious life before New York City. . There was little chance that anyone could think of him as he used to be. as his body flies through the air. Once his money runs out. Paul. which is represented by the color red. he knew that the play was over. Paul has finally become the man of his dreams and truly believes this is the society he deserves to live in. Paul tried to make a statement of arrogance to the teachers board by wearing a scandalous red carnation (328) in his buttonhole.the good life of luxury for so long and now he was fully indulging. The color red also represents Paul s contempt and defiance for average society. (341) He stands alone at the dark fork in the road as the burden of his wasted life weighs heavily on him. When he finally decides to end his life. and then the disturbing visions flashed black. As Paul rides out of town. he purchases a new red robe (337) that enables him to flaunt his audacity in a daring way. Paul s incorrect view of happiness ultimately led to his demise. begins to think that his fantasy is reality. the black. although he is unaware and unconcerned about the consequences that might befall him for the unwise choices he makes. dead weeds sticking up through the snow in the passing fields signify his approaching death. when he says that he is one of the fortunate beings (341) born into a life of luxury and riches. The color black represents Paul s loneliness and death. (343) Paul s view of life revolving around money and material things is represented in all these different colors. He defies those around him and lives life as he chooses. Paul is too busy living in his perfect fantasy world that he never takes time to be happy and thankful for what he has in the real world.

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