‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his perspective. The book is still pertinent due to Holden facing challenges such as loneliness and the inability to make a connection to make with a purpose thus the readers see themselves in Holden. Furthermore, the book also relates to teens with the
Billy also shows emotional numbness through the 106 times Vonnegut write the phrase, “So it goes,” after any inconvenience, minor or major. When he hears a siren going off, he worries that World War III is upon them showing his sensitivity to noise. On page 62, Billy shows his fragility by breaking down, “But sleep would not come. Tears came instead. They seeped.” (Vonnegut).
In the book, catcher in the rye, The hunting hat Is one of the main symbols. It symbolizes confident it’s the texture of holding tom is one of the main symbols. It symbolizes confidence self-esteem and protection of Holden’s emotions. In catcher in the rye Holden uses the red hunting hat to show comfort for himself and protection to his little sister ( phoebe ). When holden wears the hunting hat he feels comfortable slanger writes , “ anyways i put on my new hat and sat down and started reading that book out of africa ( page 19 ) ” when holden puts on the hat he is more comfortable then when he doesn’t have on the hat on.
In the foreword of the novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, there is a quote that reads: “But it’s so much more than a book about depression. It’s about the promise of hope, strength, and the desire to live” (Cohn 1). This quote describes the feeling of the whole novel, which is about a kid named Craig Gilner who is battling depression, but also figuring out who he desires to be. Consequently, you’ll soon detect that Craig has an unexplainable strength that he doesn’t think he has till later through his journeys through a psychiatric hospital. In this journal I will be evaluating the person that is Craig Gilner, visualizing the psychiatric hospital he sojourns in, and predicting what choice he will compose when it comes to his life.
Heroes, are everywhere. They are an aspect of our lives, culture and mind. This often leads us to ask what exactly a hero is. A hero is someone who has courage to do the things that they may not want to, they have the strength to pull through what they want or need to, and they are kind and compassionate to the end. That is what a true hero is, and that's what they will remain throughout time no matter how the challenges change.
Toward the end of the book, Holden realizes that children will have to grow up and he cannot stop that. While Holden watches Phoebe ride the carousel, it begins to rain hard and this is when Holden realizes, "My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyways" (Salinger 212). What Holden means is that the hat gave him protection from the rain which is a metaphor for guarding against adulthood. But when he gets soaked though, it is another way of saying that the hat did not stop him from growing up into adulthood. The Red Hunting Hat shielded Holden from the adult world but after realizing he can not stop growing up, Holden passes it down to Phoebe so she can be protected just like the hat once did for
He demonstrates empathy regarding the beast because Simon understands the boys' unshakable fear of the beast and works to resolve the issue. Simon is also sympathetic to the outcasts, like Piggy. For instance, "He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings." This quote suggests that Simon's character is passionate and understands the building tension and the boys' anger, but is set apart from it, preferring to show compassion to Piggy when Simon picks up his glasses for him.
“Since 1951 when it was first published, The Catcher in the Rye has served as a resonant expression of alienation for several generations of adolescent readers and adults who have considered themselves at odds with the norms and institutions of American society.” Holden looks at the people in New York City leading society’s version of idealistic lives and feels repulsed. His view on life is cynical, not at all in line with the optimism of the American Dream. This book could then be an antithesis of the idea. The protagonist even tries to safeguard his sister from the materialistic world thus treating it like a source of
J.D Salinger’s widely read novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” is an episodic novel that describes in great depth Holden Caulfields three day trip from Pencey Prep, California to New York. During his roam to New York, Holden undergoes many social problems that seem to affect the way Holden behaves and acts. One of the main social issues in the novel is his innocence as he is acclimated to being around adults. In addition, another societal problem Holden faces is sexual confusion as Holden claims he is a sex maniac although, he is still a virgin. Finally, Holden has difficulties with isolation as Holden lives distant from his family and constantly strives to find ways to feel belonged.
So many times personal accounts are explained, in detail, about an individual that was not treated well as a child, or had some kind of dysfunction in his/her family that gave credence to the reason why that person is not successful. That belief could not be further from the truth when it comes to critically acclaimed author, Tobias Wolff. Amid his trials and tribulations as a child and throughout life, Mr. Wolff authored numerous award winning writings, received a college education, became an influence in certain literary circles, and developed a very literal and deliberate aspect on how to capture the minds of prospective students and readers. The second son born to Mr. Arthur and Rosemary Wolff, Tobias Wolff, came into this world on
He had thought of a fine revenge upon the officer who had referred to him and his fellows as mule drivers” (192). Henry’s intense desire for revenge is a moral flaw, but Crane leaves hope for Henry as he does not act on his hatred for the officer (192). Henry Fleming finally finds inner peace, and courage wins the war in his heart. Crane writes, “Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks. He had rid himself of the red sickness of , battle” (232).
For the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451, books were the key to knowledge and finding yourself. In the novel, Montag read The Book Of Ecclesiastes which in turn opened new doors for him by showing him that reading isn 't dangerous and helping him become included in the group of intellectuals. For me, the book that opened new doors was It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and it showed me the importance of balancing my priorities in my life and valuing my mental health. To put the story in a quick summary, a boy named Craig Gilner decides to attempt suicide because of his crippling depression but instead calls a crisis service and spends the rest of the book in an adult psychiatric hospital where he meets those who are more or less like him in some way. Despite going through a multitude of mental ups and downs, in the end he goes back home with a better grip on handling his depressive tendencies.
As the novel goes on, we see a great issue between Holden and his troubling relationships with women, and pretty much everyone else. Holden sees women as easy to fall in love with for whenever they do something pretty, even if he thinks most of them are “stupid. Yet, even with his saying this, Holden cannot admit that he has some kind of feelings for Jane, an old friend whom he often thinks about throughout the book, and always wants to call but is never in the mood. If put through the eyes of Donald Hall, Literary and Cultural Theory, and his key principles based on Freudian theory, the reasons he does these things would be much clearer. He believes, in regard of Holden’s outburst with Sally confessing his love to her at an odd moment in chapter 17, that, “Holden has finally met a female willing to be with him and the very act enhances his feelings of rejection by his own mother.” Whenever Holden feels as if he might be getting somewhere with someone, he repulses, so this may be the reason why he had never called Jane, because he was not “in the mood” to get rejected by someone he cares about and have to experience those feelings all over again or even more than he already does.
3) Depressing, but also very true. I chose this quote because when I was reading this book and came along this sentence it gave me the chills. What he said is true, and the truth can sometimes be frightening. “Dad?” “Yeah Buddy?” “Nothing.” (pg. 223) The last conversation of Oksar and his father.