A cardiologist and a devout Christian. At first Paul is hesitant to emulate his father, as his father was largely absent from Paul’s childhood because of his long hours at his practice. Paul’s father moves his family to Kingman because of the low cost of living, which would allow him to send his sons to college. Eventually Paul comes to see how respected and trusted his father is by his patients, which inspires Paul to earn that same trust and show that same compassion.
Paul’s Father Quotes in When Breath Becomes Air
The When Breath Becomes Air quotes below are all either spoken by Paul’s Father or refer to Paul’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of When Breath Becomes Air published in 2017.).
Part 1 Quotes
I knew medicine only by its absence—specifically, the absence of a father growing up, one who went to work before dawn and returned in the dark to a plate of reheated dinner.
Paul’s Father Character Timeline in When Breath Becomes Air
The timeline below shows where the character Paul’s Father appears in When Breath Becomes Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: In Perfect Health I Begin
Part 2: Cease Not till Death
...for his back pain, and setting up financial safety nets for himself and Lucy. Paul’s father believes that these modifications represent Paul’s resignation to his disease. He believes that Paul will... (full context)
...His breath is shallow, and he slips into unconsciousness. For nine hours, Paul’s family—his mother, father, Suman, Jeevan, Cady, and Lucy—sit vigil as Paul’s breathing becomes increasingly effortful. More family arrives,... (full context)