Throughout a child 's life, sooner or later they get thrown into the teenage experience which starts their transition from childhood to adulthood. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield is stuck in his childhood and does not want to grow up. He is a very complex character and has an odd way of dealing with his emotions; he doesn 't. When Holden is faced with a problem, instead of facing it and slowly working his way through it, he tries to get rid of it entirely.
Holden does not have anyone that helps him through this trauma, and he forces himself to deal with death, while growing up. Therefore, in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, symbols and details are used to show the harsh realities of growing up while dealing with loss. Salinger uses details about Holden’s life to display the difficulties of growing up, while dealing with the death of his brother. It is difficult to read a chapter in the middle of a book, and understand it, without having read the previous chapters.
Holden is very young when he loses his brother, which could be the reason he does not know how to deal with the situation correctly. Throughout the novel, Holden continues to think about Allie. For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129).
Salinger uses ducks as a metaphor in order to show that growing up is a hard time for children. Holden is confused about life. He needs to grow and make the leap into adulthood, but he does not know how and needs to ask other people what to do. He asked them about where he should do metaphorically and needs to figure out what he does with his life. Adam Savage talks about how children need to be more self-sufficient and not relay on people.
Subsequently, Amir resists to aid Hassan in his difficulty, fearing he will lose his father’s ‘love’, creating regret that will haunt him for the rest of his young life. As his faults—and guilt—develop during his adulthood, Amir was dedicated to redeem himself and determine “... a way to be good again” (192). Amir is a ‘tortured soul’
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.
He was so young and had so much ahead of him. Holden is now almost trying to let Allie’s legacy live through himself. He want’s to protect all children. He is afraid to grow up and he had a very hard time until he see’s Phoebe on the merry go round and he just realizes he has to let her fall and pick herself back up. He has to be more mature and let her figure it out.
These actions have consequences, just like John said, “If you exploit people they become less likely to cooperate with you voluntarily” (PsychologyToday). We can relate this to “A Good Man is Hard to Find” because that is exactly what the grandmother did to her son Bailey. Bailey did not pay much attention to his mother because he already knew how manipulative and selfish she could be. The only reason why he did everything he did was for his kids. The grandmother would use the kids as targets to get what she wanted, because she knew Bailey would listen to them and not
Now Toni faces pressure as the only child who can fulfill his mother’s legacy. Toni yet again is still facing the conflict weighed down not only by his parents but his brothers as well. The result of confronting this conflict is the “Darkness of my dream” said by Antonio. In one case it sets the image more of a nightmare than a dream. In another context the darkness is Toni’s blurry vision of the path he will take in
Why Becoming Civilized? It the beginning of the story, Huck doesn't seem to like the idea of becoming civilized, until the Widow Douglas wants to help him, he started to like it, but things got difficult for him. Society is not going to accept the way he is starting to think. Miss Watson, the widow's sister is trying to encourage Huck to become a civilized kid, but Huck doesn't seem to understand the way of how she wants him to be is going to help him. Pap, Huck's father doesn't support the idea of having Huck educated because he doesn't want his son to be superior.
Another thing that led the narrator close to insanity was basically being isolated in the house. She spoke many times about wanting to see cousin Henry and Julia but John said he would only let her see them when she gets well and anytime before that he would rather "put fireworks in her pillowcase" than let her see those "stimulating people." After awhile she thought it was "discouraging not to have any advice and companionship." John spent most of his time in town because of serious cases and Jennie let her be alone when ever she wanted to be. When she was alone she said she would always cry I 've nothing and started to imagine things is the wallpaper.