What was Paul's search of beauty?

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Beauty is an overall theme in this novel. For Paul, beauty is life, and beauty can only be found in illusions. Paul feels alive and comfortable in art galleries, the theater, the symphony, the opera. In the story, beauty can be powerful and fascinating and allows Paul to feel free. It can be destructive as well, when it makes ordinary life seem 'worse than jail'.

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