Throughout the book Holden constantly expresses his hatred for “phonies.” Holden labels anyone who isn’t genuine a phony. This trend of dishonesty is most evident with Holden’s classmates from Pencey Prep, who Holden repeatedly classified as “phonies.” One student from Pencey, who Holden finds to be a phony, is Ackley. Holden is aware of the fact that Ackley is always lying. Holden tells us that Ackley lies especially about his sexual life and Holden definitely knows this, therefore exemplifying Ackley’s phoniness. Stradlater, Holden 's roommate at Pencey Prep, qualifies as another person who Holden considers to be a phony.
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.
Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself. He lies intensely throughout the course of the novel, starting from lying to Ackley at the very beginning of the book. From his sarcastic tone in his conversation with other people, readers can denote his own cynical view on the world. Holden views adulthood as phony, hypocritical and fake while childhood in his mind is a world of innocence, honesty, and joy. That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world.
Lear’s madness was addressed in the very first scene and then continued to pop up quite frequently as the story went on. Kent called Lear out for being mad when he banished his daughter Cordelia after she wouldn’t tell him how much she loved him (1.1.146). He realized that Lear was being extremely unreasonable and was making this rash decision without really stopping to think about what he was doing. This is not a strange thing for Lear, he has been known to make rash decision because he is so short-tempered. In fact, after Kent tried to calm him down and have him reflect on what he was doing, Lear got angry and banished Kent as well, who was his right hand man.
Of all the tales in Chaucer’s novel, the Miller’s is unquestionably the most vile, due to the author’s focus on infidelity, tricks, and revenge. As he tells his story, the Miller is passive-aggressive and spiteful, specifically toward the Reeve, showing his disrespectful personality. These few character traits, of the many poor traits the Miller expresses, show the audience that he is the most disgusting and greedy character of them all. If he were to interact with modern individuals, no one would have any
Tom Buchanan certainly is to an extent hated not only by readers as he is sexist, racist and arrogant, but also by the other characters. Even though Nick Carraway – the narrator – is Daisy’s cousin and Tom used to be his college mate, he always throws hints to the readers portraying the disgust that he feels for his beloved cousin’s husband. Carraway always, from beginning to end of The Great Gatsby, coveys Tom through the use of bleak imagery, such as when he presents him as the owner of “a cruel body.” Through this specific personification, Fitzgerald may be intending to depict how every single part of Buchanan’s body presents evilness and perhaps, may epitomize him as if he were a monster. This sense that this character is even hated by a member of his inner circle, by one of his close friends may be evidential support of this hate that most characters feel towards Buchanan, and this happens to most villains stereotypically. Conceivably, this hypocritical relationship between Tom and Nick may be used by Fitzgerald to generate criticism to the contemporary lack of social values and this idea of social decay that prevailed in the 1920s.
He was a womanizer and later Divina Flor fell victim to machismo once more. " 'He grabbed my whole pussy, ' Divina Flor told me. 'It was what he always did when he caught me alone in some corner of the house, but that day I didn 't feel the usual surprise but an awful urge to cry '" (Márquez, 13). Nasar often expressed his sexuality with women, wanted or not because he was a man, capable of anything with the social status and privilege his
Although Holden gets along with children, he has trouble fitting in with society. He often shows many dissatisfactions with the people he knows and points out their flaws. He is skeptical of adults because they are not “innocent” anymore. Since Allie’s death, Holden went through a great deal, such as his older brother D.B. leaving to Hollywood to become a writer for movies (which Holden detested) and abandoning Holden, among other things.
He views himself as her complete superior; in his mind she has no right to deny him and he becomes infuriated with her consistent rejection of his advances. Thus he takes advantage of her. Alec Stoke-d’Urberville rapes Tess in The Chase. His rape of Tess and his lack of remorse thereafter prove his evil
He “broke all of the goddam windows, just for the hell of it” because of the immense pain he was feeling. (39) He hides his grief behind a mask of cynicism and lies. He calls himself “the most terrific liar you ever saw in you life.” (16) This onlys serves to make him twisted and judgemental. He criticizes everything, even saying “except for a few pimpy-looking guys, and a few whory-looking blondes, the lobby was pretty empty.” (69) He does not even know these people, and he is judging them anyways. He has an incredible insight into the human mind, and it is this understanding that lets him see some people for who the really are.