Paul's Case Analysis

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Paul’s Case Analysis This story focuses on a teenage boy that seeks affection and acceptance. Life tends to be difficult on most men during their teens, but things are even harder on Paul than most. He has grown up without a mother to love and nurture him. Despite his emotional needs, teachers and his father push him away making him feel completely alienated. In his need to drown out reality, he consumes himself with music and theater. Without love, he loses interest in life, especially when his only means for escape has been taken away. In the end, he gives up on the world as he jumps in front of a train. Paul’s teachers could have prevented his suicide. None of them took the time to care. They all experienced problems with him and fought to have him expelled from school. All he needed was adult praise and approval. Nobody would help him evolve into life and build his confidence. He needed to be treated as if he was a part of the community and maintains an ability to make a difference. However, the teachers all shoved him away refusing to hear his heart crying out for love and acceptance. He had no idea who he was as a person nor love to guide him through life. Paul’s father could have made the biggest impact on his suicide. More than anyone, a boy needs his father to approve of him and teach him how to be a man. Well, his father did not show him the love he required growing up. In all of Paul’s efforts to please his father, he was ignored and inadequate to his father’s expectations. In fact, his father praised a young man that worked as a clerk and insisted that Paul ought to be more like that gentleman. His father refused to give Paul money and argued that he has a job, so he can pay his own expenses. Therefore, his son felt a lack of importance in his father’s life.

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