Holden has always believed in saving the innocence of children and being “the catcher in the rye.” By the end of the novel, Caulfield realizes that he can’t do that all the time. He learns that he cannot save the world, so to speak, or cannot always be the catcher in the rye. At the Zoo, Phoebe rides a carousel and the main goal is to reach for the golden rings with the risk of falling off the horse. Holden, sitting in the rain and overcome with emotion, discovers that he doesn’t need to save anything, the fun is in the risk, and that makes him very
Contrary to Jung’s article, Jane is no detective. Only when Mr. Biggs reads out a notary of Berta’s existence that Jane accepts that something is amiss, and as Rochester’s bride, she should be concerned. Furthermore, it takes her a day to leave Thornfield, as she was tempted to stay and be Rochester’s mistress. But Jane lets her belief guide her as she refuses, proclaiming they both find relief in the mercy of God- “Do as I do: trust in God and yourself. Believe in heaven, hope to meet again there.” (Brontë
Thus, unlike the characters around her, such as the sneaky minister or the greedy lovers, Hester is the one character who lives by reality instead of appearance. The best example of this is her lifestyle before and after she is shunned. Before her exile, Hester recognizes the unjust nature of the laws around her. She refuses to follow them and present a façade of perfection and happiness. When Dimmesdale demands that she name her baby’s father and promises that her sentence will be lightened as a reward, Hester steadfastly refuses (Hawthorne, 1850).
After all, she represents the scarlet letter: wild, passionate, and completely oblivious to the rules, mores, and legal statutes of the time. “But again Hawthorne, by connecting the above moral platitude and by portraying the elf child not as treacly little paragon- like little Eva- but rather as a goad as much as a comfort to her mother elevates the emotional tone of the situation so that it is hardly recognizable.”(William 3). Pearls had a individualistic passionate innocence. Hawthorne presents hypocrisy with forgiveness. Peal does not see her mother as a sinner because she has been isolated by puritan society and as a result does not have the same beliefs.
Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person. We see many signs of Holden insecurities throughout the book, like the fact that he contradicts himself. An example of this would be when Sally and Holden are in the taxi and he tells her he loves her, he then counties to say, “It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it” (Salinger 139). Someone who is confident would not lie and play with the emotions of someone else. Another example of Holden contradicting himself would have to be when he hired Sunny, a
Holden confides in Phoebe his dream occupation: “I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all... that's the only thing I'd really like to be” (Salinger 191). The significance of this quote is that when asked what he would like to be, Holden does not name a profession, but a catcher in the rye. Instead of working at a real job, he wants to save children from losing their innocence and having to deal with adult responsibilities. Holden exemplifies being a catcher in the rye when he does not sleep with Sunny. When Sunny takes off her coat, Holden notices she is wearing a green dress, and he thinks nothing of it until she takes the dress off.
The first stage is sin; Holden insults and critizes the Bible and takes pleasure in the suffering of others. The second stage is suffering; Holden alienates and isolates himself from the world and thinks about committing suicide. The third stage is redemption; Holden realizes that Phoebe is worth living for and accepts the world because he understands that he cannot change it. In the beginning, Holden is a naïve and innocent person in an adult world. Throughout the novel, he goes through many changes that change is perception of the world and the people around him.
Holden constantly complains about society and the world around him, it’s always too much for him, it’s always forgery. “I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff,...” (Salinger 51). Holden’s observation is discussing that people often lie when leaving a conversation or when saying hello to people, Holden claims that he hates when people say they are glad to see you because they do not mean it.
By all accounts he doesn’t seem to be caring or loving, like one would be lead to believe by the title “Lover”. Instead we are imbued with a sense that the man is more like his former title of “Demon”. As with our last assertion, we get most of our information from young Kathleen. Her description of her fiance was something of a nightmare; Someone with “...intimidating looks…”, cold eyes, without feeling, and that she wished him gone (Bowen 1408). If this description is not enough, she also speaks of an ordeal that has to do with his physical behavior.
Later on we learn these vices are not as bad. Malcom’s pent up rage and sorrow caused him to be so critical of himself and makes him hate himself, which is not a healthy way of coping; it is barley coping at all. Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, also represents this way of coping. When confronted with problems he just doesn’t help himself, and later in the movie it is shown how unhealthy this is. These two characters show the destructive nature of failure to cope, and its
Before he leaves though, he "yell[s] at the top of [his] goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons ' " (68)! Although it is a shame, any reader can see that Holden seems to have nothing going right or in a positive way all because of his negative attitude. Therefore, this attitude leads him to almost care about nothing. Though Holden may seem to be a lost cause because of his negative attitude, he thankfully has an epiphany that changes his view towards the world because he realizes that people have to grow up. When Holden visits his younger sister, Phoebe, he is happy to see her, but when they begin talking their conversation turns negative.
Now because of this, that kid started shipping us. At first, both of us ignored this and continued on with our lives, but he came up with ship names, and that was when all hell broke loose. Both of us told him to shut up, but I was the one who really got pissed. I was in no mood to go through what I went through in elementary. You simply told him to stop and ignored him, even when he drew a heart with both our initials on it.