In chapters 14 and 15 of Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer becomes more than just an investigator or a narrator, he becomes a character. He tells his story of climbing the Devils Thumb, which exposes the similarities between himself and McCandless. This aids to his understanding of McCandless’s motivations, without ever meeting him, due to the parallels in their personalities and family issues.
Out of 15 million children, 21% live in families with incomes that are below the federal threshold. It is not uncommon for these children to work hard to create a better life for themselves, a life which their parents couldn’t create for them. In the Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the story encaptures the transition from childhood to adulthood and the need for change along the way, which is a stage in life that everybody goes through. Jeannette's need comes from the irresponsibility of her parents, their lack of self-sufficiency and grasp from the real world. There are times in our lives (for others like Jeannette it may be earlier), when there is no choice but to grow away from our parents and go out into the real world on our own in
In the beginning of chapter 8, Krakauer blatantly states all these strangers’ opinions about McCandless’s death to the reader. These honest and blunt opinions that were stated against McCandless causes one to realize that McCandless’s peril was one hundred percent absurd
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To ponder the biggest freedom movement of the century, it is probable that one would think of Martin Luther King Jr’s fight in the civil rights movement; the theme is often limited to freedom but, what King was fighting for simultaneously was acceptance of black Americans. While the Duvitches’ freedom in The Strangers Who Came to Town was not lead by a civil rights movement, it followed the same concept. They required the acceptance of the townspeople to achieve their freedom. Each member of the family fought their own battles; Mrs. Duvitch and her appearance, Mr. Duvitch and his untouchable status and the torment the Duvitch children faced at school.
In Chapter 9-14 Holden Caulfield leaves Penecy Prep and heads to New York City. Where he will stay for a couple days before winter vacation starts and he will head home. Delaying breaking the news to his family he got kicked out of school for as long as possible. These chapters are where Holden’s loneliness becomes abundantly clear. The reader is subjected to many long rants by Holden about the company he wants, though he attempts to settle several times. Betraying the strict rules he appears to had made for himself on not interacting with ‘phonies’. This is the type of person he has made clear he hates and never will become.
Holden Caulfield lives his life as an outsider to his society, because of this any we (as a reader) find normal is a phony to him. Basically, every breathing thing in The Catcher in the Rye is a phony expect a select few, like Jane Gallagher. What is a phony to Holden and why is he obsessed with them? A phony is anyone who Holden feels is that living their authentic life, like D.B. (his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes. Holden’s obsession stems from his fear that he may become a phony one day. So, he spends the book running from adulthood by doing childish things and struggling to keep his life from changing.
In "Rogue Farm," Charles Stross tells the story of a unique creature, called the farm, entering the lives of Joe and Maddie. Set in a futuristic society, the farm, who is a collection of individuals rather than a unique being, is a product of symbiogenesis. The farm is attempting to go to Jupiter to join a collective. In the beginning, Joe and Maddie both dislike the farm and work to get the farm off their land. However, the farm fails to listen and starts planting roots for trees next to the stream, which is close to Joe and Maddie 's property. Joe and Maddie know that when the farm goes to Jupiter, it will destroy a lot of land in the process. As a result, both of them attempt to get rid of it. Joe goes to see someone who previously had farm issues. On the other hand, Maddie begins to sympathize with the farm more as the story goes on. She likes the idea of being a collective rather than just an individual. Maddie believes that members of the collective can still be individuals and have certain advantages like "not growing older, being able to go places and survive anything, never being on your own, not bein ' trapped" (Stross 36). In the end, Maddie finds "bodies are overrated" (Stross 36) and decides to combine with the farm. Through Bollinger 's "Symbiogenesis, Selfhood, and Science Fiction," she contends that humans live an individualistic life, while Maddie 's action of symbiogenesis "generates a new self, amplified and improved but still with full agency for both
As freedom is a life acceptance by everyone, including yourself, it makes life a lot easier. Is freedom really about being accepted? In his short story, “The Strangers That Came to Town” Ambrose Flack is revealing that true freedom is about being accepted. As in the story, Flack shows on how when the Duvitches had moved to town, they were limited in freedom around the community. I believe that true freedom is about being accepted because as the town did not accept the Duvitches at first, it became hard for the family to live and the town thought that they did not have the same value as them.
In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Mr. Antolini gives Holden Caulfield advice when he is at one of his lowest points. Already aware of Holden’s mental state and position on school, he quotes Wilhelm Stekel, a psychoanalyst, “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” (Salinger 188). Although Holden fails to grasp Mr. Antolini’s message, the quote applies directly to his life because of his relationship with death as a result of his younger brother, Allie’s, death. Mr. Antolini uses this quote specifically because he wants Holden take a step back and try to live for a noble cause instead of resorting to death.
I read a book called, “Animal Farm” written by George Orwell. The book is about animals on a farm who are overworked and aren 't treated well. Then, an insurgency made up of animals with pigs as their leaders, rebel against Mr.Jones (owner of the farm) by driving him off his farm. The animals try to make the perfect life for themselves, but that doesn’t go as planned. The animal farm then starts to fail. The farm fails because of the pigs not being fair to the other animals, plus the animals being too dumb to realize it. The other animals made mistakes, by not speaking up when they thought something was wrong. Animal Farm starts to fail because pigs start to make power grabs that screws the “perfect life” vision the animals have. These reasons, including many more, are why Animal Farm fails.
From the outset, I have to say that “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger has been one of the most important and influential pieces of literature I have ever read. At its core, the book is a superb coming of age novel which discusses several extremely powerful themes such as the difficulties of growing up, teenage angst and alienation and the superficiality, hypocrisy and pretension of the adult world. These themes resonated deeply with me and were portrayed excellently through the use of powerful symbolism and the creation of highly relatable and likable characters. One such character is Holden Caulfield whom the story both revolves around and is narrated by.
Trying to gain freedom on the farm, the animals obtain a leader, Napoleon, who is much more harsh and stern than the former farm owner, Mr. Jones, has ever been. Symbolizing a ruler from the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Napoleon brings the farm into a hole, they have a hard time getting out of. Napoleon kills various animals, and has also broken the Seven commandments the animals promise to abide by. In the beginning, the farm was run by Mr. Jones, who is later overpowered by the animals on the farm. To gain power, Napoleon starts to earn their trust by making it seem as if he is a trustworthy comrade. Napoleon took over vigorously and starts to abuse his power. In Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, Napoleon changes Animal Farm the most
Usually considered a controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger can often express the feelings of being an outcast and the desire to find a meaning in the world. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel, though often complains of the phoniness of the world around him, has a way of creating a deeper meaning within the readers. While the truth may be that Salinger purposely set the story in such a way that the readers will be able to connect with Holden, not often do readers find it easy to do so. While Holden believes that everything around him are wicked and phony, there is part of him trying to protect the innocence of those not corrupted by such phoniness. Although Holden wants to protect and save the innocence of children, can he really do so if cannot protect himself and trust those around him. Though Holden believes the world around him is phony and wicked, and while he wants to be the catcher in the rye, catching those who will fall over cliff; Holden does not only want to save those children but he also wants to save himself.
Based on a real story, Into the Wild can make us think from different perspectives about what the main character Christopher McCandless did. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a dramatic but also remarkable story from a young, newly graduated, college student that escaped for a long wild journey but never came back. As time passes throughout the book, the reader may notice how the main character interacts with society and nature, finally McCandless dies in the wild but even though he was struggling for survival he died happy.