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Unformatted text preview: Professor Smith English 110 12 February 2008 Individuality vs. Society in Pauls Case "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." This quote by Albert Einstein explains the conflict between the conformity of society and the beauty of individuality. Willa Cathers Pauls Case is the story of a young man who challenges the principles and expectations of society in order to accomplish his dreams. However, at some points he becomes so attached to these goals that he lives his life irresponsibly but without regret. By his nature, Paul does not fit into society facing rejection from his teachers and pressure from his family, which eventually leads to his departure from Pittsburg and inevitable suicide. It is evident that Pauls teachers are not very pleased with his behavior and lack of respect toward others. Cather describes the teachers unhappiness: Disorder and impertinence were among the offenses named, yet each of his instructors felt that it was scarcely possible to...
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