One such character is Holden Caulfield whom the story both revolves around and is narrated by. The novel is set in 1950’s New York and although Holden is not specific about his current location, from the context we can glean that he is writing his story from a mental institution of some sort. The story is told as a flash-back as Holden recounts the days that follow his expulsion from “Prencey Prep”, the private school which he attends. After getting into a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden decides to leave school several days earlier than he is expected back home for winter break, venturing into New York City. Holden spends a total of two days in the city and these days are spent for the most part wandering around the city and encountering strange places, people and situations.
In Sherman Alexie’s short stories (and poems), there usually three central themes that the story rotates. In this paper, I will be exploring how he (Alexie) explores the themes losing culture, a cycle of regret, and using drugs (mainly alcohol) to escape. In Indian Education, the short story, Alexie seems to show that whenever young Victor tries to express himself through his culture, he is punished. Take the section “First Grade” for example. In first grade, Junior (the main character and narrator) says that “The little warrior in me roared to life that day..” and makes comparisons to traditional Native American warriors, such as describing the brusies on the other boy’s face as “war paint” or how Junior chants “it’s a good day to die”, which is phrase typically associated with Crazy Horse, who was a Native American chief.
The Cather in the Rye This essay will be a psychoanalytical reflection based upon the protagonist in the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield. I have chosen to reflect upon the psychological state Holden is in the majority of the story, and why he finds himself in such a state/that state. The book “The Catcher in the Rye” is almost entirely based on the difficulties 17-year-old Holden faces in his modern civilisation, which he frequently meets with a cynical filter latched onto his eyes. The protagonist of the story recounts his week in New York during Christmas break following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, the boarding school he attended to. Throughout the novel we get to know Holden and his negative ways.
Quote #5: In J.D Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, the speaker of this quotation is Old Spencer and he is speaking to Holden. This quotation suggests Holden's dislike about growing up into the adulthood and taking one step into maturity. During this conversation, Holden is receiving advice from his old teacher after explaining that he is getting kicked out from Pencey Prep. The word life is repeated twice to emphasize Old Spencer's wittiness and how he is experienced on what life really is about. It's significant to know that Holden deems Old Spencer's advice as phony because he doesn't agree with the rules of life.
In Night, even after Elie’s loss of faith, innocence, and family, he never gives up. In the end, he is drastically changed from his experiences but he has hope in his future because he manages to carry on. Ultimately in The Alchemist, Santiago learns that change is necessary for success and that he must overcome his own fears. In addition, he learns that his heart and soul are just little pieces of the Soul of the World. Both of these books convey the message that hope provides a person the strength and the will to
Holden Caulfield: He is the main character and narrator of the novel who is a sixteen year old teenager.He has been expelled from his school which is called Pencey Prep.He meets the dissimulation and the ugliness and tries to escape from the disappointment and the pain of the world around him.He is really uncomfortable with his own weaknesses.In the first pages of the book,he stands in the spot of separation from childhood to adulthood.He fails out of four schools,he sees a psychoanalyst, he is hospitalized and he can't connect with other people.Theese are the signs that Holden is a narrator who has big problems and who is troubled.The reasons we know, why he is troubled are two big traumas in his past : Allie's death(his brother),and the
The novel "The catcher in the rye" speaks the truth a 16 year old kid named Holden Caulfield. His story starts from a mental establishment where he is without further ado encountering treatment for a mental emergency which he persevered in the wake of being kicked out of Pencey Prep. He had been kicked out of distinctive schools before this, he always fails again and again. Holden is an extraordinarily debilitated youthful individual. He is encountering significant distress over the destruction of his more young kin, Allie, who kicked the pail from Leukemia three years back.
Holden Caulfield, the main protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, embodies the classic teenager in the process of discovering himself, and how the world works. But, regardless of Holden 's rich, prep school lifestyle, the series of events that have mapped out his life up to this point have utterly affected his emotional well being and perception of the world. Many traumatic events such as the death of holds brother Allie, the death of a class mate, and countless numbers of awkward incidents with adults have all added up to affects Holden 's well-being and detach him from reality. The death of Holden 's younger brother Allie has caused him to confuse his perception of reality and to alienate himself.
Holden resents for becoming a screenwriter, after his release in one month. As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Agerstown, Pennsylvania, on the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with a rival school. Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday. He plans to return home on that day so that he will not be present when his parents receive notice of his expulsion.
“ I could probably tell you what i did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school i’m supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don’t feel like it. I really don’t.” In a matter of three paragraphs Holden used “I” 18 times. This shows that his memories all circle around himself. Another form of diction that is used in the second passage Hope, Despair, and Memory is when he talks about other people’s pain and his own. “ Men and Women from every corner of Europe were suddenly reduced to nameless and faceless creatures desperate for the same ration of bread or soup, dreading the same end.” In the quote Elie is talking about how all her memories are about other people’s pain and how everyone goes through the same issues and experiences.