Pauls case Argumentative Essay

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pauls case

Justin Whitlock 11/30

Paul's Case

Paul's Case is about a young, Calvinist man who did not feel that he belonged in his life.
He lived on Cordelia Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Cordelia Street was littered with cookie
cutter houses, suburbanite-like city-dwellers, and a general aura of despair. Paul's room
was no different. Paul felt that his abusive father, uncaring teachers, and classmates who
misunderstand him aren't worthy of his presence and company. One of the reasons Paul may
not have fit in was because there is a chance that he was learning disabled.

Paul worked at Carnegie Hall as an usher. It is here that Paul's real love lies. Paul lost
himself in the music of the symphonies, the characters of the plays, and in the artful
scenery. Paul also enjoyed gallery art, as evidenced by the hours he spends in an art
gallery, staring at one painting, before his shift at Carnegie one night. He became lost
in seemingly all forms of creative expression, whether it is a floral arrangement in a
shop window or an orchestral swell at the beginning of a symphony. It is at Carnegie Hall
that Paul became struck by the glitter and the starlight of the stage. He was not star
struck in the sense that he wanted to perform in any way, he was simply content to observe
others' performances. He is struck in the sense that he wants to live the way the
characters in the plays do. He imagines them living to all the extent of their money,
glutting on beautiful music, art, and life.

Paul, unfortunate for him, was, either reacting to the unfair treatment of him because of
a learning disability, or else he was both a chronic liar and a rather disobedient
student. He wanted everyone to realize, as he thought he had, that he did not belong among
them, and is only in their presence because he wanted to as a personal, "inside" joke. He
told his classmates that he was a close personal friend with all of the actors, divas, and
performers who graced Carnegie's stage. To back up his claim, he brings in autographed
photographs of the particular performer who happens to be the topic of the day.

One day, he got a bit too full of himself and boasted that he will leave school for the
day because he was needed elsewhere, specifically at Carnegie to help the stock crew
(stage hands). This boast caused the principal of the school to speak the boy's father,
who proceeded to remove Paul from school and set him to work (but not at Carnegie). Paul
begins to work for a company referred to only as the "firm of Denny and Carson" or "Denny
and Carson's office."

The story cuts away to some time later, when Paul had been working at Denny and Carson's
long enough to earn their trust. Denny and Carson came to entrust Paul with the week's
payroll. His responsibility was to take it to the bank and make the deposit. One weekend,
however, Paul was instructed to take the ledger in to be balanced, and Paul knew about it
ahead of time. He asked his bosses for the next day, Saturday, off citing a plausible
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