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by Willa Cather

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Why does Paul kill himself?

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Oh my, the question for Paul might be, why doesn't he kill himself?

By that I mean, Cather's story was based on a real life suicide she knew of, and so in some ways her portrait of this young man was always aimed at his death. However, it's also...

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After his crime got exposed to the people around him, he has no guts to face them and cannot bear to return back to the "ugliness and commonness" of Cordelia Street. Thus. he committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train, killing himself instantly, giving the ending a tragic note.