In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Holden is suspended in Limbo between being a child and being an adult. Holden realizes that he is no longer a child, which is why he would like to preserve the innocence of children, but he believes all adults are phony, and refuses to be like them. Growing up is something that everybody has to do. As children get older, innocence is lost, and phoniness is obtained, and this is what Holden fears the
He has been the man of the house since his father left, but when it comes to himself he only does what is expected. Because he was forced to step up at such a young age, he is never able to develop crucial skills as a child. His coming of age story was rushed and forced. Through his subconscious, his morals become unclear and he bases class off of what he believes is expected of him. Yunior does not want to be anything other than poor and therefore only acts poor.
To explain this further, he walks her through what the request would have resulted in. The situation, in his eyes, is that he was asked to “solicit a great man, to whom [he] never spoke, for a young person whom [he] had never seen, upon a supposition which [he] had no means of knowing true.” He does this to show that he is willing to share his perspective and that he respects her enough to walk her through it, instead of blatantly saying no without any reason. The mother’s request is logically reasoned inductively to be irrational, leaving him no possible reason or possible procedure to accomplish the task at hand. While it may not have been this extreme, Johnson effectively and logically convinces the mother that she made a mistake in drafting such a letter. On top of this, the response’s wording makes Johnson seem generous but helpless.
He does not listen to his father but rather to his heart when he is told that he should not go East. His character is also a static character, which is for the better. Had john changed throughout the story, he may have not ever discovered the truth about the “gods” and maybe would have turned around and changed his mind about traveling
He’s talking to Gatsby, who is determined to catch his dream, and tells him that his dream is basically an illusion and he’s unable to obtain his dream. Gatsby, of course, refuse to believe Nick’s realism and wants to continue to attempt his dream. Nick seems more contemplative and clinical while Gatsby feels determined and corrigible. This quote shows that Nick is trying to warn Gatsby that you can’t change the past while Gatsby refuses to believe it. In short, Gatsby struggles against time.
Holden wear his hat to feel as a child and have his innocence because when his hat comes off he becomes mature. Holden wants his sister, Phoebe, to see an everlasting childhood, but Phoebe is a strong character that does not think the same way as Holden, she has no desire to keep her childhood for long since she knows that one day she will grow into an adult. Phoebe helps Holden by comforting him with being “the catcher in the rye” who saves kids from falling. She has a good understanding that one must move on because for her Allie is dead and that people should need to interact and not try to save something that is completely
He neither understands nor is understood. This series of events leads to him questioning the reason for learning a new language and inferring that he would rather be ignorant because he doubts his ability to learn. This change in the protagonist proves that the Moroccan student is the
He feels like there is something missing; he is skeptical about the missing fraction of him. He said to Faber, “‘I’m not thinking. I’m just doing like I’m told, like always...I didn’t really think of it myself. When do I start working things out on my own’” (Bradbury 92). Montag is desperate for his own independence; he wants to be an individual that can think for himself without being programmed to do so.
Harry thought he got too old to love his dad, but in reality you can never be too old to love your family. He stopped coming by the shop so papa did not get to spend a lot of time with his son. Papa values his son so much that Harry took that for granted. Harry’s stops at
An example from the text is, “I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on--I didn't give a damn how I looked.” This quote shows how Holden doesn’t care what people think about him. His sister Phoebe has a large influence on Holden and she promotes him to do better in the world. According to Holden, Phoebe is the smartest and funniest kid in the world. He says “If you tell old Phoebe something, she knows exactly what the hell you're talking about. I mean you can even take her anywhere with you.” This quote is addressing how Holden thinks Phoebe is perfect and the best sibling he could ask for.
Because Reuven and Danny can’t talk, Reuven can’t be 100% convinced that Danny’s feelings about their friendship hadn’t changed. The silence is leered because it’s mean-spirited, even though Danny and Reuven don’t dislike each other. The fact that Danny won’t acknowledge Reuven makes Reuven very hurt, and Reuven begins to wish that Danny Saunders would go to hell. The silence