Regardless of who he interacts with, Holden always sees them as frauds. Despite this, he is still unable to come to terms with his own shortcomings. Salinger wants the reader to understand the dangers of being too cynical as well as being too accepting. The mood of The Catcher in the Rye is morose. Throughout
Allie and kids symbolize the “catching”.The cliff symbolizes adulthood .Holden believes that adults are all phonies (which is hypocritical of him because even Though Holden constantly talks about other people being phony he is himself often phony. At various times in the novel, he tells pointless lies, claims to like or agree with things he hates, goes out with girls he doesn 't like, all to try to feel less lonely and left out).In chapter 17 Holden says “Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I 'm crazy. I swear to God I am”.
In Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin the lost soul that is David would much rather “play it safe” than live his best life. He does this because he has grown to be ashamed of his sexuality and who is in general. The author of this novel James Baldwin once said “love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Since David is ashamed of himself he pretends to be someone he’s not and hides behind this “mask” of deceit in order to feel secure his body and in the unaccepting society he lives in. He grows so accustomed to this mask that he rejects love and the nakedness of vulnerability that would come with taking off this mask. Staying behind this mask to be who society deems as “normal” is David’s way of committing
Clearly, Holden himself is being untruthful towards this woman, contradicting his own hatred of adult “phoniness.” According to Eberhard Alsen, author of, “the main reason Holden is so believable is that--like most adolescents--he is full of contradictions and ambivalent feelings” (8). Holden has contradicting attitudes towards many things in the novel, especially the adult world, but while he judges others he does not examine
It’s because the world he lives in has affected him in such a way to be like this. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron, certain devices weigh down the main character in order to equalize him with the others. This short story is dystopian; an offshoot to Orwell’s utopian world. Winston too is weighed down by his own society; he is forced to be a lesser version of himself, all for Big Brother. They don’t do anything to physically change him, but if he is thought to break the rules or is simply too smart for his own good, off to the Ministry of Love.
Holden is struck with events throughout the book questioning his maturity and emotions. He is unable to analyze what maturity really is because he does not want to grow up. The first stage of the motif Growing Up/Change is seen when Holden constantly thinks about his peers and siblings and how he would like to protect them. The final stage of this motif shows Holden wanting to protect kids from the vulgar world. However, he is struggling because he would prefer to stay innocent,
In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield starts off as a very complex character who is very anti-social and has not experienced the real world, however throughout the story within three days he encountered many different things which help him lose his childhood innocence and successfully transition to real-world maturity. Holden does things out of his comfort zone and takes risks which is normal for someone who is his age to mature as he grows older. Because Holden becomes more involved with his sex life, communicates more with others, and shows signs that he wants to go back to school he, Holden is successfully making a transition from his innocent self to real world adult maturity. As a sign of growing up, Holden begins to do more adult-like things like having sexual thoughts and actually having sex instead of being sexually insecure as he was in the past.
Throughout the whole book, Holden calls most of the characters a “phony.” In terms of Holden, phony means people who acts fake and are hypocrites. This supports the central claim because Holden confessing that he misses people shows that he has become more honest and learned the impossibility of becoming the catcher in the rye. Out of all the reasons given in the book, the realization during the carousel scene, the talk with his psychoanalyst, and the confession of desiring certain people’s presence stood out the most. It also shows how much Holden has change as a character. He was able to let go and accept the reality at the end of the book.
His dull and average life seemingly pushes him to the brink and makes him start wondering what the point of his existence is if he was “...the surest person to perform nothing today…” (Hawthorne 1). At a certain point even he was bored of himself, which is interesting because he can’t stand being the ideal guy. It makes the reader ask themselves why society sets these standards that make people miserable and unhappy. At the start of “Bartleby the Scrivener”, Bartleby already is miserable and unhappy. Though the narrator originally leads the reader to believe that this is because Bartleby works day and night with “...no pause for digestion” and hardly speaks to his co workers, it is because life has already worn him out (Melville 11).
Subsequently, Amir resists to aid Hassan in his difficulty, fearing he will lose his father’s ‘love’, creating regret that will haunt him for the rest of his young life. As his faults—and guilt—develop during his adulthood, Amir was dedicated to redeem himself and determine “... a way to be good again” (192). Amir is a ‘tortured soul’