And they probably came to Pencey that way” (2). In this paragraph, the audience hears Holden’s negative immutable perspective about his school Pencey as he seems to not like the school at all, much less the people in it. The author uses words like “splendid” and “clear-thinking” to really express holden’s strong opinion about the guys at Pencey and how they don’t meet the expectations that the school holds. In the beginning of the book the reader is introduced to Mr. Spencer who is one of Holden’s teacher’s. Mr. Spencer comes out as a nice teacher whose only intention is to help Holden and guide him through the misfit of society as he realizes that Holden needs a hand to hold.
In the story “7th grade” by Gary Soto, Victor embarreses himself many time on his first day of seventh grade and learns, to not blurt out without thinking. For example, Victor’s English teacher, Mr. Lucas asked Victor for a noun and he said Theresa. This shows that, Victor says Theresa because he was thinking about Theresa. He made a fool of himself by saying Theresa's name in English. In conclusion Victor made a fool of himself by blurting out Teresa's name instead of thinking about what to say.
The tragic death of Allie has caused Holden to express low self esteem, self destructive behavior, and devious actions. Through Salinger’s use of dialogue, it helps express Holden’s behaviors and thoughts towards facing different situations that arise throughout the novel. Salinger also presents Holden in first person, which allows the reader to enter the fantasy world and suffering of which Holden is encountering. Salinger as the author, incorporates his own troubles into Holden's character, which connects the author and the protagonist. Salinger not only develops the story, but he also weaves in how Holden is different from most adolescents, especially through his behaviors.
Told through the point of view of the character Daisy, Tyler uses irony to tell the story of a teenage boy who is failed by the adults in his life who are supposed to help him flourish, including his parents, a psychologist, and his tutor. When Donny is performing poorly at school, the school contacts his parents to attend a conference to discuss Donny’s behavior. Tyler portrays irony with the character of Donny’s mother, Daisy, as Daisy herself is a former school teacher, so it is ironic that her child is failing at school as she should know better than other parents how best to help her child succeed academically. Daisy tells the principal that they are concerned about Donny, but that “he tells us he doesn’t have any homework or he did it all in study hall. How are we to know what to believe?” (3).
Moreover, this alienation provides Holden with self-protection as he does not run into any chances of his parents finding out that he has been expelled from school and has run away to New York. Part of the reason Holden does not call his sister, Phoebe, is due to his “parents being the ones that answered the phone” (77). Holden finds protection in avoiding talking to anybody, which results in isolation. This event contributes to plot development as after refusing to call anybody, Holden continues to make excuses for things he should be doing, but does not. With each of Holden’s excuses, new adventures arrive, thus thickening and developing the
Mainly when the mood is changing therefore the character mood changes and the nature of the mood. Characterization is also used in this short story “The Open Window”. The characters in the story, Mrs.Sappleton, chose to make the story she was telling offly freaky. Therefore, the other character Framton was getting freaked out by the story Mrs.Sappleton and the choice of words she was using. Whenever she scared him,
‘But not too much, I guess’ (14). Holden didn’t want to grow up from his childhood years or even think of the future. He wants to remain in his childhood years, when everything was full of life and vivid happiness. Holden’s actions are also childlike, which makes his character unreliable at times, but it irritates Holden when people don’t take him seriously or simply notice that when he tries to change his behavior. For instance, Salinger mentions, “I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age.
The reason he doesn’t tell his mom about the affair is because he wants his father to like him in part and in part because maybe he does not want to see his family split and to see his mom suffer. From what the writer tells us we are able to see that the mom is aware of the affair but maybe she is too scare to say anything fearing that it would destroy their
When an individual hankers for conformity to societal expectations, they question their characteristics with fear of judgment. Often an individual to societal standards will stifle creativity and individuality to pursue personal desires. The dominance of conformity with leave that person unsatisfied and hinder a meaningful life. The individual will face challenges to successfully achieving their desire and year for individuality, however, once they come to the realization, they realize the essential part of their life comes from those desires. This is visible in the film Pleasantville where two high school siblings are put into the utopian society where everything remains pleasant and individuals lack a creative lifestyle.
The narrator struggles to understand when and how Sonny began his troubles with drug addiction; he does not understand where he went wrong in being a role model for his younger brother. Now, years later the narrator is a school teacher who is trying to be a role model for the young boys in his class. The narrator unconsciously thinks maybe if he can be there for these boys, when he was not for his brother, and help shape their minds; they will be able to survive the poverty and despair of Harlem, and ultimately, he will be redeemed. This is a reflection, of the narrator saying if they can escape, therefore I can also. No matter how hard he
In the story “Seventh Grade,” Victor learns trying to impress a girl with a different personality is not the smartest thing to do through his embarrassing moments. For instance, Victor lingered in the classroom to say something clever to Teresa when she walks out of the door, but instead, when Teresa exits the room, he just says something dumb and embarrasses himself. “He smiled back and said, “Yeah, that’s me.” His brown face blushed. Why hadn’t he said, “Hi, Teresa,” or “How was your summer?” or something nice?” (Soto p. 17) This shows that Victor tried to act more clever than actually he is to impress Teresa, but ends up embarrassing himself while doing so. This proves if Victor had just acted like himself, thing would have been better.
Even though he is skeptical of people he considers phony, such as Marty who lies about seeing a movie star, his negativity and judgement of others usually goes a lot farther than what is considered normal. For example, he doesn’t get serious in relationships with others, because he always seems to find flaws in everyone. Another example is when Holden’s history teacher at Pencey, Mr. Spencer, wants to understand why he refuses to put in any effort. Spencer feels bad about failing Holden and reaches out to him, trying to connect with him and possibly influence him positively. However, Holden gets upset and starts talking poorly of him once he hears this, and later excuses himself with a lie he made up to leave, showing both his self-defence mechanism and his skepticism towards people he liked.
In the story “Seventh Grade,” Victor, the main character, learned that he should not deceive people to acquire through his embarrassing moments. This occurred when the protagonist stated, “La me vave me con le grandma” (Soto). Even though Victor tried to impress Teresa by sounding Frenchy, his teacher’s reaction made he realized that his attempt to impress Teresa was a total failure when he noticed his teacher’s expression. Consequently, Victor felt extremely bitter and quietly swallowed his humble pie. Another example of this occurrence when the author noted on section twenty-four, “Teresa,” Victor (responded) instantly (to the teacher).
While this novel does have profanity and sexual references, it still deserves to be taught in high school because Holden shows how having a negative attitude towards life does not get a person far. In the beginning of the novel Holden tells the reader that "[Pencey] kick[s] [him] out [of their school]" (6) because he "was [failing] four subjects and not applying [himself]" (6). However, he does not just notify the reader, he notifies them in a way of forgetting to mention that he is no longer going to be attending Pencey. Holden passes this off as some minor detail when in reality it is not just a minor detail. Later on, Holden reveals to the reader that this is not the first school where he has gotten expelled.
Mr. Summers is the one adult questioning the tradition. In Shirley Jackson 's other short story, “Charles” Laurie is trying to become an independent young man and wants to be different from the rest of his class. His way of being different is being mischievous. Laurie wants attention and to outshine his classmates, but at home he just wants to have good attention from his