One of the main examples of denial is through Brick who denies his sexuality for Maggie, Big Daddy, and himself. He is trying to please everyone in the family through ignoring how he feels, which leads him to drinking his sorrows through liquor. It is not the fact that he does not love Maggie it is that he can not love Maggie due to loss of attraction. He is denying himself for Big Daddy only to not disappoint him because he is the son. He loves Big Daddy and to tell him the news while he is on his death time would leave Brick to the thought of Big Daddy dying in disappointment through his son.
An example of one of these is Ponyboy’s internal desire to become like the other greasers versus the part of Pony that dislikes fighting and the other antics of the greasers. In this conflict, Ponyboy wants to fit in with the other greasers. An example of this is on the night of the rumble when ponyboy says,” Why do I fight? I thought, and couldn’t think of any real good reason. There isn’t any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.” This quote displays that Ponyboy dislikes fighting and most likely is doing it to either help his friends or to conform to the other greasers.
In the early stages of the novel, Ponyboy’s connections grows into deeper matters with the soc girl Cherry Valance. Through this, Ponyboy begins to recognize that similar to the greasers, the socs are not all classified under their social expectations either. Despite the empathy that they share, Ponyboy does not hesitate to defend his one of his gang members, Dally, when Cherry refers to him as ‘trash’. He states, “I felt myself stiffen. ‘I am a grease, same as Dally.
From fearing him to thinking he is a good person, Dally and Pony are now friends. As I said earlier, Pony's beginning relationship with Dally was fear. He saw Dally as the toughest and meanest of the gang and therefore Pony feared him. However, as the story unfolds Pony starts seeing Dally as kind and caring. Dally starts helping Johnny and starts showing respect.
“But Sam Sing never entered our house.” (8), you should always help another person, especially if they are the ONLY other family in town sharing your ethnicity. Sams unfriendliness towards others kept his focus on his goal but turned him into an unlikeable character. Although in the short story, Sams character is odd, tough and distant but he is successful in the goal of getting rich and adjust his sons financial mindset into his. Through the need of buying a new coat, Sam is sure that his sons are capable of being financial dependable. Along with a successful business, Sams goal is fully completed and knows that he have passed on his financial legacy.
For Ponyboy and Johnny, when the Soc Bob dies, Dally couldn’t have helped them at all, which would have then changed the whole plot of the story. This showed us how a greaser supports another greaser, no matter how bad the circumstance. Also, when the church was about to fall Dally, saved Johnny at the last moment. Here, Dally represented the symbol of a hero. Later, in the paper the newspaper describes the three boys as juvenile delinquents who have now turned into heroes.
Hinton uses the power of friendship to show how the greasers were like family although they all had different backgrounds. “He meant it when he said he didn’t care about his parents. But he and the rest of the gang knew Johnny cared and did everything they could to make it up to him” (88). This is the power of friendship because the gang is basically Johnny’s second family and they try hard to fill in the holes that his parents make. This is important because if it was not for the gang, Johnny definitely would not have been the person that he was and he would be a totally different person.
Their heavy, rasping breathing makes me cringe. And their eyes ooze a discharge, sickening, And what they wear – to flaunt that at the gods, the idols, sacrilege! even in the homes of men (lines 49-62). This is a nasty depiction of the Furies. They are explained in the trial as blood-thirsty revengeful monsters.
In The Outsiders by Hinton, Two-Bit (Keith) Mathews, who is part of a greaser gang on the poorer side of town, has a difficult and often confusing life. He deals with the conflicts with the Socs, the richer kids who enjoy threatening the greasers, by being the jaunty jokester that he is. However, although Two-Bit Mathews appears to be a conventional wisecracker, he proves to be much more as a serious and deep character. Two-Bit is a jokester from the start. He always manages to take life easy, which protects him from pain.
Interestingly, the only other character who tries to manipulate Lennie is Crooks. Perhaps jealous of Lennie’s friendship with George, Crooks meanly suggests that George might leave him, just to hurt Lennie’s feelings. He backs off, of course, when he realizes that he may get more than he bargained for, but Steinbeck may be making an interesting parallel here: Unlike most men, but like Curley’s wife, Crooks cannot rely on his physical strength to support him in such a tough world. As a crippled black man in 1930’s America, Crooks occupies one of the lowest rungs of the social hierarchy, and as such, all he has left to him is the power of his mind, as further symbolized by his glasses and books. Crooks just may be the smartest man in Of Mice and Men, but he is also the only man who tries to manipulate Lennie.
In the novel "Lord of the Flies", the boys attempted to create a working society with hunters, a chief, where everyone could be safe, and more importantly feel safe. This society though didn 't work out; there were too many outlying problems, like Jack wanting desperately to best Ralph, or Roger being a secret sociopath, or the fact that throughout the entire book they were terrified of some beast, which was really just them all along. In "Lord of the Flies" the boys are so blinded by terror and excitement that they don 't take any time to clear their heads, think, and realize that what they have been doing is completely wrong. In the book one character, Simon, realized that the beast that they had been scared of the whole time had really been them, and when he tries to tell the others what he has discovered, they beat him to death with spears before anyone can hear or understand what he was trying so hard to tell them. In the book one of the characters, Ralph, says "Things are breaking up.
His thoughts of running away or staying is decided in one quick moment, "He, too, threw down his gun and fled. There was no shame in his face. He ran like a rabbit" (Red Badge of Courage). Death was a little to much for him to fathom and his instinct of living took over him. He reacted the way he did for the simple impulse of escaping his death.