During his time in paradise, he gets himself a room in the lavish Waldorf Astoria Hotel, buys himself beautiful new clothes to go out in, flowers, and nights out on the town.He is purely happy because he is now exactly where he feels he should be.However, in reality the guests and Paul were admitted to the theater under different circumstances: Paul's being one of servitude while the guests were those served by Paul.
Paul is longing for the beauty and aesthetics pleasures in life.
He does not get any of that in his house on Cordelia Street.
Modernism deals with conflicts between social classes, eclecticism for the past and the finer things in life, and the further advancement of society.
All of these aspects of modernism are present in the short story "Paul's Case," by Willa Cather, and they all affect the evolution of the plot.
The multiple settings in this story from school and living on Cordelia Street, working at Carnegie Hall, to staying in New York all directly play a part in the tragedy of Paul's life.
We learn of a young man who is fighting what he fears most: to be as common and plain as his world around him.These things drive the main character, Paul crazy and lead him to do a lot of wildly extravagant things in this story.There have always been and will always be conflicts between social classes, and Paul uses the stolen money to live this life for a short time, about a week.After major world events, there are often changes in the world's popular culture.After the Great War, writers began a new style of literature that came to be known as modernism.Throughout the rest of the story, Paul's attitude and character are exposed to the reader through his actions.It is a widely known idea that times change and people change.Paul has very little interest in his class studies.Although Paul's appearance is that of a perfect gentleman, his teachers find his behavior inappropriate and unacceptable.However the setting can also hurt the character as they try to survive their surroundings.An example of this downfall would be the short story "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather.