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Chloe Savage 1/19/2021 Ms. Moore AP English Notes Page “Paul’s Case” Characterization Read the first 10 paragraphs of “Paul’s Case” and record examples from the story which reveal Paul’s character. 1. Paul seems to not care about his school work and he does not have any motivation to change his ways. His overall hatred for school is very obvious to the audience. He shows up late to important meetings Does not attempt to finish his work His clothes are too small, despite how tall and skinny he is He has a lying streak He doesn’t pay attention while in class He is carefree during the meeting, teachers complaints do not phase him 2. It comes across as if Paul only cares about his job as an usher after school. He enjoys what he does,especially since he is good at what he does and he highly enjoys being able to see the performances. The first 10 paragraphs characterize Paul through the eyes of others. What conflicting feelings do you have about Paul based on the characterization of Paul this far? Give examples from the text to support your ideas. 1. Paul’s art teacher states “there’s just something wrong with that boy” and it seems that in
the teacher’s eyes, he is some sort of enigma. They have all come to an understanding that the lack of focus and attention in class has become a huge problem; they just are unsure of how to fix it. Since he seems to not care about his school in any way the teachers are at a loss of how to convince him to do better in school. 2. From being at school to being at his after school job as an usher, his personality changes completely from one who is completely unfocused in school to one who tries hard and is an overall good kid. After watching the performances at work, he ‘felt truly happy for the first time.’ His job is something that gives him great happiness and when it comes to doing his job he is attentive and does it well. This version of Paul is the complete polar opposite of the version of Paul that we see while he is at school.

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