Holden Caulfield, in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is an ideal transcendental hero. Though the question here is to what extent is Holden a transcendental hero. Holden’s way of being can be hard to understand, he has those “soft” moments where he seeks for his sister for comfort, or his red hunting hat, but most of all, a baseball glove that belonged to his younger brother, Allie who passed away. Other time, it’s the complete opposite, he goes for cigarettes, or alcohol.
From the start of the novel it is clear Jim as become a person that Huck can come to for advice. Jim even provides advice regarding Huck’s own father.“A body can’t tell, yit, which one gwyne to fetch him at de las’. But you is all right. You gwyne to have considerable trouble in yo’ life, en considable joy. Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin”(26).
On their way home Jem kept stopping, he explained to Scout that he felt they were being followed. After stopping many more times they were attacked by Bob Ewell. Scout alliterates, “Anyway, Jem hollered and I didn’t hear him any more an’ the next thing—Mr.Ewell was tryin’ to squeeze me to death, I reckon...” (Lee,361). This situation shows how much of an enemy and threat Bob is to Scout and Jem. This clearly represents what he is capable of and how he handles situations.
Although Perry and Dick both had cruel intentions, walking into the Clutters home that night, Truman Capote moreso aims to prevail the manipulation from Dick and the credulous personality of Perry, giving Perry an innocent perception; therefore, Capote asserts that not all criminals are all equally responsible for crimes. Capote utilizes anecdotes to embellish and describe Perry's child life, and in return creates contrast between Dick and his own family life. Perry’s father writes a story about Perry when he was young: “The next three years Perry had on several occasions runoff, set out to find his lost father, for he had lost his mother as well, learned to ‘despise’ her; liquor had blurred the face, swollen the figure of the once sinewy, limber Cherokee girl, had ‘soured her soul’...” (Capote 131). Inserting anecdotes helps to enhance just how helpless Perry was because Perry grew up without a stable family and no one by his side to help him along his journey as a child, Perry’s father describes this in the stories he writes about when Perry was young. While on the other hand Dick had loving parents, no poorer than anyone else.
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell reflects the idea of “double consciousness” through the mind of a character, Helen’s adoptive brother, who commits suicide. The preoccupation is not revealed until the family finds the diary coping with the experiences he has confronted before and after he sets the meeting to meet his biological mother in Korea, and afterward, it leads to the suicide. Cottrell describes the scene where Helen’s brother talks about “double consciousness” and how terrified he is through the descriptive details and the journal style of writing. The narrative style arouses the reader’s interest and the sense of being the witness while collecting the pieces of evidence along with Helen. The scene starts with the brother
The repetition of the parallel events in the memoire also helps trace Wiesel’s changes throughout the course of his imprisonment at the concentration camps. For example, when Rabbi Eliahou is looking for his son after the 42-mile march, Wiesel realizes that during the run, the Rabbi’s son had intentionally run near the front of the pick after seeing his father stagger behind. Understanding that the son had been trying rid himself of his father whom he thought to be a “burden,” Wiesel prays to God to give him the resolve to never think about abandoning his own father (87). However, later on, when his father is struck with dysentery and is taken away on January 29 at the verge of death, Wiesel thinks to himself, “And, in the depths of my being,
In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the protagonist, learns basic manners and expectations of society and religion. However, his drunkard father, who is rarely ever home, returns home only to abuse Huck. This led to Huck faking his death and running away from his dad and thus running away from society. During this journey, Huck is skeptical with many taught norms of society and decides to believe in superstitions. Lawrence Kohlberg developed a theory about the three stages of moral development, pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional morality.
Lastly I would like to bring up the story when O’Brien was telling us the story of Kiowa. “Norman Bowker remembered how he had taken ahold of kiowa 's boot and pulled hard, but how the smell was simply to much, and how he’d backed of and in that way had lost the silver star.”(TTTC, Pg 153) Norman bowker gets overwhelmed with thoughts after he is talking about how he “could’ve” prevented himself from not getting the “silver Star.” It continues to when “His father would have been quiet for awhile, watching the headlights against narrow tar road.” Well, anyway,” The old man would’ve said, “there 's still the seven medals, “right”, “Seven honeys.”(TTTC, Pg 154). In the chapter “notes” it states why they wrote this section and continues to explain “Speaking of courage was written in 1975 at the suggestion of Norman Bowker.” “who later hung himself in the locker room of his hometown YMCA.” That just shows you the Psychological damage the the soldiers went through and even after the war it is still branded in his head. To conclude “The things They carried” is a book about the Vietnam war, but if you try hard and analyze it, you will come to the conclusion that the soldiers went through various amounts of psychological damage throughout the war and even Till this day, they are still struggling with the memories branded in their head from the war. This story is straight forward and down to the “Cold, mushy
He was expected to act like an adult though he was still considered a child. Inside, Holden was struggling with the conflict of reluctance to become and adult because he thought it meant leaving behind his brother. He was pushing aside the fact that people change, and that change was not always a bad thing. On July 18, 1946 Holden’s brother Allie died of leukemia, and he never got over it. “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”(Salinger 44).
Kylie Hart Ms. Chelsky English 11 22 January 2018 Theme: Adaptation and Strength Song: Silence by Marshmello This song relates to The Catcher in the Rye because they both have the theme of adaptation and strength. In silence he talks about how he found peace in their violence and how he will always keep getting back up into the fight. ¨ I found peace in your violence Can't tell me there's no point in trying I'm at one, and I've been quiet for too long¨ which shows that he's overcoming his previous weakness. and in The Catcher in the Rye Holden is constantly adapting to his new problems and surroundings. ¨ I didn't want to start an argument.