He tells stories about when he fled to the border of Canada due to his pride, feels guilty for letting his family and friends down, and then comes back. This trend of guilt felt due to decisions that were made based on pride is also shown when Jimmy Cross has too much pride to tell his higher ups that the place in the field isn’t safe for the troop to settle down, so he feels guilty when Kiowa is lost in the muck. The situations that O’Brien and his comrades are put in because of their pride can lead them to do things out of character and lead to a deep sense of guilt later. These themes in The Things They Carried give the readers a better idea of how soldiers made tough choices in Vietnam and how it affected them
Andrei Nastase Grade 9 English Ms. van Der Meer The Struggles of Holden - The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in The Rye is a great book in the American Literature written for teenagers. The author, J.D. Salinger displays the boring life of Holden who is surrounded by people he does not like and calls them phonies. It is written from Holden’s point of view and it is about a week full of conflicts which change his whole life from that point on.
Throughout the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden encounters multiple problems as a troubled teen. Holden either runs into or creates the troubled situations with people, which are constantly demonstrated by the author in the book. Oddly enough, Holden only encounters problems with people when he talks about wanting others company. Now, Holden’s childhood may not be “normal” but his problems with Stradlater, the cab drivers and Mr. Antolini are what shaped his life into what it is now. Within the first few chapters and later on in the book, the author shows Holden’s emotions toward Stradlater very prominently.
This story is about how an introvert teen deals with love, alienation and depression. He has set out to prove that the state of being isolated from a group or the feeling that you have no connection with people around you can very bad for a person. Charlie always felt that he wanted to sleep for a thousand years or just not exist, or just not want to be aware that you do exist. Those instances make Charlie unaware that he is suffering to mental illness or mental breakdown. The main points set out by the author was
Jerome David Salinger, the author of the novel The Catcher in the Rye might be called the initiative representative of the WWII period of the literature aiming at the problematic of adolescence. The criticism towards the novel, which is the subject of this thesis, was shortly after its publication dispensed into two opposing points of view. The conservative camp found the novel “a nightmarish medley of loneliness, bravado, and supineness…wholly repellent in its mingled vulgarity, naiveté, and sly perversion” (Longstreth 30) , which was to some extent opinion compatible with the attitude of the majority of the parents that generation bringing up their children in 1950’s conformism stating of the society was lately prevailed by reviews considering the novel as “engaging and believable…full of right observation and sharp insight” (Engle 3) that “one finds it hard to believe that a true lover of children could father this tale” (Longstreth 30). The reason why the merit of the novel was so disputable was mainly due to the fact that it puts the values of the 1950s society- moral, cultural and ethical- under the critical light, in context of the period through the eyes of the adolescent, sixteen- year- old Holden Caulfield, yearning not to become the part of the society
By using these symbols the author shows the literary ability of being able to skillfully use symbols as a tool. The first symbols that Salinger uses to convey his message is the red hunting hat. The main character of the novel Holden Caulfield has an iconic and important red and black hunting hat which he frequently wears in different situations for more than just its obvious use as a hat. Holden is a very secluded character and is very critical of the individualistic society that he lives in, often criticizing others for not being themselves and being “phonies”. Even the way that Holden acquired the hat is special and symbolic of Holden and the theme of the novel.
The reason for this is because of the use of the first-person pronouns “I” and “We”. By using a central narrator in the novel this allows the reader to read the character, in this case Holden’s, thoughts although this limits the point of view in the novel with respect to experience and thoughts. Holden is believed to be a reliable character but in fact he is unreliable with inaccurate judgement and in often cases lies to himself and by doing this lies to the reader simultaneously. Holden even says, “I 'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. If I 'm on the way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody
With Stephen King’s many successful works, he has single-handedly changed the way people perceive the horror genre. People do not read King for just entertainment, people read King to face their fears. King writes from his personal experiences which is what makes his horror so thrilling because to a point, his writing is realistic. An article called Criticism of Stephen (Edwin) King states, “If someone in the future wants to see what American life was like, what Americans cared about, what our stories were in the seventies and eighties, they’ll read Stephen King” (2003). The article even claims that in 50 years Stephen King will be regarded as “the dominant literary figure of the time” (2003).
While comics amused me, non-fiction texts and large novels invited a sense of dullness. One of my all-time favorite comics was Naoki Urasawa’s narrative, “20th Century Boys.” The Japanese comic was a thriller and revolved around a complex character who desired to bring change to society. As a child of five years, I was fascinated by the character’s determination. However, when I became more mature, I realized that my interest in comics and other such low-level pieces of “literature” pulled me away from the obvious truth: that in order to eliminate my fear of reading non-fiction and large novels, I must engage in that very act. I would always question myself: Why was I ignorant of reading these texts?