Paul’s Case The short story Paul’s Case by Willa Cather, is about a boy named Paul that is a troublesome teenager trying to find himself. As the story opens he is at a meeting with the school’s faculty and the school’s principal, over the discussion of Paul being suspended from school a week ago. The faculty members have a hard time understanding Paul but at the same time feel for Paul and want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Paul works as an usher where he loses himself at work with his obsession over art and theatre. “When the symphony began, Paul sank into one of the rear seats with a long sigh of relief, and lost himself as he had done before the Rico” (81).
Here, Harry is an outcast and an embarrassment to the uptight Dursleys. They force him to live in the cupboard under the stairs and ignore him in favor of their obnoxious son. On Harry’s eleventh birthday, a large, kind man named Hagrid rescues him from his incarceration. Hagrid tells Harry how he once was a student at school for witches and wizards, but he misbehaved which resulted in his expulsion from the school. Dumbledore, after learning of Hagrid’s dismissal from the school, allows Hagrid to stay on campus and work as the gamekeeper.
Bernard reveals to Willy that Biff is going to fail his class if he doesn't "Buckle down" and begin to study, to Bernard's astonishment and dismay, Willy responds by saying to Linda: "There’s nothing the matter with him! You want him to be a worm like Bernard? He’s got spirit, personality." This mind state is the reason why Biff fails his class, and does not get into College. Willy's delusion don't end there, he conceives this illusion of a long lost brother who becomes rich and famous, Ben.
I can't be being late to work on account of him fooling around in there." (Hansberry p. 26) This situation clearly shows that Walter blames others for his problems. When he’s late for work, he blames his son for using the bathroom when he should be blaming himself for keeping his son up late then not getting up early enough. Walter's also struggles to find pride in himself leads him to develop a false sense of pride. One morning before school, Travis asked Ruth for some money which he was told to bring to school.
Holden’s self inflicted isolation contributes to his fear of growing up and his negative attitude toward others and the world around him. The novel opens with the discovery that Holden has been expelled from his current boarding school for unacceptable grades and effort. This is not the first time Holden had been expelled from a school. Holden is fearful of arriving home earlier than expected and copping with his parent’s disappointment. He decides to stay at a hotel in New York City, close to his home, rather than return early from school to face his parents.
Mr. Holland’s Opus is a tale of a man trying to juggle his dreams, his family, and his job. His life consists mainly of music. He is a composer who is forced to begin teaching at a high school in order to get some extra money to pay the rent. He is devastated to find out that his son was born deaf, especially because he wanted him to love and enjoy music as much as he does. He never really forms a strong relationship with his son Cole.
Film: Hesher The movie Hesher is about a boy named TJ whose family is falling apart after the death of his mother. He has a depressed and jobless father at home and a bully at school but when he accidently forces a squatter out of his home, Tj’s life only gets more complicated as the squatter, Hesher, decides to move in. Hesher does not belong to places but instead shows Tj how you should belong to people and care for your friends and family. Hesher leads by example teaching Tj that conventional methods do not have to be followed to belong to someone if they enjoy being around you and you show that you care. He shows this by helping out the girl that Tj likes winning her respect, then breaks everything and drives off leaving just Tj and the girl there to talk.
Like Max, Kevin was picked on by the local bully’s because of his disability, but they blamed Max for the incident. Later that day, Max was waiting for his new reading tutor, it was Kevin. Kevin wobbled in with his hunch back and crutches, gave him a book and told him to read, but Max was not able to very well. The next tutor session they have together, Kevin gives Max five dollars and asks if he would take him to the festival to see the fireworks. They arrive to the fireworks show, but Kevin can not see since he is short.
In the story, Paul steels his father’s money and runs away to New York, where he finds peace and tranquility in the art of theater. This rebellious attitude that Paul displays, is due to the constant pressure society has positioned on how Paul should live his life. Paul needed to find a stress relief from the constant reminders of real life. This release was established every time “the symphony began, when Paul [would sink] into one of the rear seats [of the theater] with a long sigh of relief and [loose] himself” (Line 14). Paul was unaware of all the sacrifice and hard work that was needed in order for each spectacle to derive, which made Paul’s life very unrewarding, in the sense that he did not know what hard work was, and where it got someone in life.
The protagonist in The Great Gatsby is a young man in his thirties by the name of Jay Gatsby who was raised up around poverty in North Dakota. Though his childhood was not the best, he still managed to become extremely wealthy. Unfortunately in order to achieve his goal, he committed crimes by distributing illegal alcohol and trading stolen goods. Gatsby hated living in poverty and was eager to have sophistication and wealth. He dropped out of St. Olaf’s College after two weeks because he disliked his job as a janitor with which he was paying his tuition.