The following essay will argue and explain Holden’s view on authenticity, phoniness, truth, and his quest for answers to all his existential questions. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a wealthy adolescent who cynically rejects the superficiality of post-war America and no longer tolerates the empty values of his society, therefore in his personal view he regards superficial people as “phonies”, for they are neither truthful towards their selves nor authentic. In Holden’s quest of self-discovery his view on truth is recognised when he feels sorry for pretentious liars like Lillian Simmons and has a strong sense of fairness as he tries to correct injustice and unfairness. On this existential self-discovery quest, Holden finds himself questioning life and gains enduringly endearing qualities which establishes his views. The perception of authenticity can be described as the notion that people ask questions about the substance of directorial standards of society, and consequently they discard certain behavioural enigmas of the society which they belong to.
Ironic is shown in the lyrics, as well as the video. The song says that the people who we “hail” are actually “the worst of all.” (lines 6-7) The lyrics/singer is trying to express that the people who we hail, the ones we look up to, a famous person, a god, or even a close family/friend, are the most untrustworthy people. Uniformly, the video takes into the life of a boy whose threatened by his dad. We think our dad is the one who we respect, the person who has the most influence. However, not for this boy, his drunken; aggressive dad beats him up with a beer bottle that makes him the one who is unreliable and has the worst influence.
Michael Frayn wrote the partly autobiographical novel ‘Spies’ in 2002 to explore what we would have made, as children, of an adult life. During 1940, there was a fixed idea about masculinity. Men that didn’t fight in war felt emasculated as called as chicken or many timid names. Perhaps Mr. Hayward is a comment on the unhealthy effect of this stereotype, which makes men being more aggressive to overcompensate their absent. In the novel ‘Spies’, Mr. Hayward’s barbaric behaviour is like an 'ogre ' because it is preceded by a sense of rudeness, giving Keith a false sense of family.
So when somebody is so irritable, he decides to see the little things about that person and just pick that character apart when he’s judging them. Nick brags so much about being honest, but In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick is very arrogant and he lies and this proves that he, Nick Carraway is a very judgemental person toward mostly everyone he encounters in this novel. The main character, Nick is very arrogant about his good trait of being such an honest person and he is most certainly a judgemental person. In the third chapter Nick is explaining himself and how he views himself compared to others in West Egg . He just keeps saying he is just such a honest person in society.
Sometimes a person 's mistakes can lead them to the right path, others are lead to their own degradation. Sophocles ' play Antigone puts out a dramatic take on Greek tragedy as they tell the story of a dysfunctional family and their fates. Thrown into the throne of the royal family of Thebes, new King Creon waltzed the palace with a large chip on his shoulder. He ruled his kingdom out of fear with an iron fist and a heavy temper. Creon had his chance at a 'Happily Ever After ' if he could only control his obstinacy.
As stated by Gam, not only that those who read Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby”, have praised the titular character’s style, and his grace, and his wealth, but, also, Jay Gatsby has a dark side that is very clear, hence the assumptions about him being great made by the readers. You see, he is always about his wealth, and also, he is always about his love for Daisy Buchanan, but, yet, his partygoers are always making assumptions that he may be a German spy from the Third Reich or the murderer of the Kaiser. And what might be more interesting about Gatsby’s dark side is about the business he did with Meyer Wolfsheim, but he never explains what trade he is actually in, not even to Nick Carraway. Also, the reunion with Gatsby, from the point of view of Daisy’s, is miserable for two explainable reasons.
Hotspur is seen honourably through the eyes of King Henry the IV. The King’s speech to the people of his court provides a clear understanding of how Hotspur is seen as an honourable and heroic man. The King proclaims his jealousy of Lord Northumberland for having Hotspur as an honourable son, “Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin / In envy that my Lord Northumberland…” (1.1.77-78). The King sees Hotspur as a man of honour and a person respected by others, “A son who is the theme of honour's tongue” (1.1.80), while he views his own son as a disappointment, “See riot and dishonour stain the brow / Of my young Harry”
At the end of the story, the reader can indicate that Ralph has lost his innocence by the quote, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 261). Being under a dictatorship can demolish any kind of sanity one has. Now Ralph has realized what power and manipulation can do to one person. He never intentionally plans on becoming a savage, and unfortunately, he misses his dignity. In response, Boyd comments, “It is rather the coming of an awareness of darkness, of the evil in man’s heart that was present in the children all along” (Boyd 27).
He describes “the white man” of not knowing him, and not knowing the conditions he had to face. He says his story is intended to “show him with words a world he would otherwise not see because of a sign and a conscience racked with guilt and to make him feel what I felt when he contemptuously called me ‘Kaffir Boy.’” (Mathabane, 3). The conditions he had to live with for eighteen years are described as cruel and disturbing. These cruel and disturbing conditions made life unbearable, so unbearable that Mark questioned if a life so rough was worth living. He tried to commit suicide because he is so miserable and he wonders if it is worth it.
In medieval romance, to the knight, a duchess was distinguished as a prized possession. The conflict between the sexual desires of both the noble and the lady is a hypothetical virtue of their “spiritual” love. In England, courtly love pertained to the Virgin Mary. An example of a relationship would be the legend of King Arthur, where his empress, Guinevere, yearned for Sir Lancelot. The story displays a king who is impressed by a knight, who happened to cast his eyes upon his Queen, but little did he know that his new opponent fell for his wife.
Holden is obsessed with the phony nature of adults and judges the people around him based upon their degree of insincerity, two-facedness, and pretension. Holden is equally preoccupied with preserving childhood innocence. He is unable to sacrifice his purity to gain adult privileges. In fact, Holden is so disillusioned about adulthood that he eventually cuts off all ties in his life that could