Holden does not have anyone that helps him through this trauma, and he forces himself to deal with death, while growing up. Therefore, in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, symbols and details are used to show the harsh realities of growing up while dealing with loss. Salinger uses details about Holden’s life to display the difficulties of growing up, while dealing with the death of his brother. It is difficult to read a chapter in the middle of a book, and understand it, without having read the previous chapters.
In the article, “Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, starts to discuss the conflict of scholarship boy between school life and his home life. When he starts to make progress in his education, he was becoming discouraged and embarrassed of his parents lack of education. Rodriguez admits his success is due to never forgetting his life before he became a scholarship boy, yet the new change that came from getting an education. After reading this article, I would have to agree with certain parts Rodriguez has to say, yet disagree after realizing individuals who take the values of academic culture will start to experience alienation from native communities. Richard Rodriguez describes the difficulties between balancing life in the academic world and life of a working class family.
Words made the stories so interesting that it bothered many of the listeners. “Whether you know it or not, keep it to yourself. I don’t like it when someone kills a story right in the middle” (Schami 219). The stories had people so deeply encaptured that whether or not they had heard it, they were ready to hear it again told by a different person and from a different perspective. “There are other stories about listeners who were so curious or in such a state of suspense, they couldn’t sleep.” (Schami 103).
Human is a paradox existence. In the novel The Chosen by Chaim Potok, a vivid example of the paradox was presented, as the conflict between old-world values and new-world values. Reb Saunders, an extremely complex, self-restraining character, represented the struggle of being a conservative orthodox of a parent in an evolving and liberal world. As the least understood person by the narrator, Reb’s image was filtered by the harsh judgement of Reuven, under the caring heart for his dear friend Danny. Thus for most of the novel, Reb Saunders appeared to be an extraordinarily limited character, who embodied the stereotypes of an intolerant religious fanatic and of a controlling and overprotecting father.
Watching The Trouble with Evan was very difficult. There were so many things this family could have done to make things better, but every time they tried they just kept falling into their own ways. Insecure disorganized attachment was quite apparent between him and both of his parents. His parents had the tendency to verbally abuse him quite a bit, yelling things that most people would never imagine yelling at their child. Other times it seemed the mother would be frightened of Evan and his behavior.
Adults tell kids that they will grow up and likely be successful and have a satisfying life, but in The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger says that growing up isn’t necessarily good. He says that people are kinder and more tolerant towards children, and as people grow up, they have to worry more about doing good. Innocence is bliss, because younger people don’t realize all of the negativity around them because people are trying to shelter them from unpleasant realities. However, as people grow up, they will notice more negativity because they will come to see evil in life and become more skeptical about the way the world works.
Living during a time where it is hard to make ends meet is hard enough, but trying to succeed is even harder. In John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, many characters face the predicament of trying to prevail during a difficult time in America’s history, the Great Depression. Many of the characters have one common fantasy, to get out of the life that they presently have and move to a place they can call their own. However, these dreams are ephemeral because of many issues. Steinbeck’s story conveys the concept that even when people work their hardest, they might not reach their dreams.
Depression after a tragic loss is often seen as unnatural and something someone can just snap out of, and this was a very common thought of the time. No one fully understood the effects of grief, or even the human mind. Claudius even called Hamlet’s depression, “unmanly grief”, because everyone experiences a death of father eventually, so why could he not just get over it? Everyone grieves for a different amount of time, and today we see that as natural. In addition, if someone did not at any point in time feel sadness after the loss of a loved one, it seems that that would be by far more unnatural.
Dealing with depression meant a lot of things for me and among a vast majority of those things it meant that I lacked the desire to move forward with my life. My inevitability to move forward nevertheless crippled me into my own demise. I was in a very dark place where almost everything felt lucid like a dream. Much like Rick Grimes when he wakes up with no idea of how much time has passed since his hospitalization, awoken to realize that his life has changed and not sure what he can do to change that. When we lose the concept of time bedlam is inevitable, but keeping time is extremely tedious when you have no motivation to move forward.
Internal struggle and bitter jealousy are complex feelings that can hinder the relationship between family and friends for any individual. These emotions can stem from outward sources such as war or a deep-seated envy that lies within everyone. In John Knowles's A Separate Peace, Gene Forrester is a prime example of this struggle. Due to jealousy of his best friend Finny and his internal struggle to find his true self, the reader is made aware of the the hardships in finding a balance between constant paranoia and true feelings towards Finny, a seemingly impossible task. Throughout the course of the novel, it becomes apparent that Gene is a very dynamic character with an ever changing disposition.