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In “Paul's Case,” how do you think Paul’s father reacted to Paul’s death? What about Charley Edwards?

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Both Paul's father and Charley Edwards would have experienced shock and guilt about Paul's death. Paul's father's emotions, however, would have gone far beyond those of Charley into grief and mourning.

Charley Edwards didn't know Paul very well. He mostly saw him as a person who was useful for him, since Paul acted as his dresser. He probably also appreciated Paul's adulation. It's likely that he feels shocked when Paul is gone, because he probably saw Paul at his happiest. He also probably feels guilty for agreeing not to see him again. Because the two weren't very close and mostly shared a love for the theater, it's likely that he doesn't mourn very deeply.

Paul's death likely made Paul's father think more about his son and the kind of person he was. Paul's father sees his son as a "bad case" because he doesn't understand him. He's a man who wants to move up in the world; part of this is conforming to what society expects of him. Paul is different. He wants to experience the finer...

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