J.D. Salinger’s short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish, is a war story in disguised , as it contains a sufficient amount of war imagery and references. The story, is about Seymour Glass, a WWII veteran, about how he loses his innocence after experiencing combat and how it affects him when he returns home. Its about how ordinary people go to war, and see things that changes them forever. To quote a WWII General, “There are no such things as extraordinary men who change events, there are only extraordinary events that change ordinary men.” In the short story it is implied that Seymour fought in WWII.
However, the irony of war to the soldiers is further displayed when Cross ends up becoming too obsessive over Martha when “carrying” his things, and barely even acknowledges the death of one of his soldiers in Ted Lavender. He then does not come back in touch with reality until the next morning when he realizes how idiotic he has become to love his illusion more than reality. As a result, he decides to burn the things he carries in an attempt to end his obsession, but it is evident that this is ultimately a continuing conflict he will have to battle throughout the book. In this passage, I noticed how prevalently longer sentences were incorporated within the text to indicate the plethora of things the soldiers carry in common. I also repeatedly found the phrases “they carried”, and “they would” within the text, which both indicate the homogeneity among the soldiers now that their previous identities have been stripped away.
Beth realized that she could not love the way her family wanted her to and decided that herself and her social status were more significant than her own sons well-being. Beth is exceedingly self centered and unloving. She showed this when she believed her own son blackmailed her into getting what he wanted when in reality, Conrad is just trying to move on and be happy. The Jarrets are trying to recover from their son’s death and attempting to move on from the tragedy. During a counseling session Conrad realizes that he may be the one not forgiving his mother for some of the events that have happened.
Analysis of Ordinary People In the movie Ordinary People, the Jarrett family experiences dysfunction since the death of their son, Buck, and from lack of communication among them. If they use conflict management strategies, their struggles and problems would improve significantly. Beth, Calvin, and Conrad act in either silence or violence, though if AMPP was used toward Conrad he could express himself more openly. Beth’s recognition of her own role in their issues and the creation of safety by Beth and Calvin would lessen the dysfunction of their family. Conrad often displays silence and violence because of his sense of detachment from his parents.
For others, their relationships between their companion simply end and the relationships that try to stay together to work things out after an abortion they limp on with a connivance of silence. These men feel confused and hurt that they abort their lives. For example, ‘’these ‘’forgotten father’’ must not only deal with their grief and sadness over the irrevocable loss of their children and their guilt about not protesting their offspring’’ (Rue, Tellefsen
She was his first love and the only way to remember her is a necklace, to think of her and there is no other way to “see her again” (with memories) Calvin and Petey are isolated from everyone and feel that they always get separated with the ones they love the most, like Cassie and Joe. Petey promises himself that no matter how difficult, he wouldn’t be hurt by anyone again. He had been hurt for the last time. Trevor feels so bad for Petey because he has cerebral palsy and that his life is so unfair. When people hurt Petey, who was helpless he thought that he was living in a crazy world with some cold hearted people.
This influences Amir to adopt Hassan’s son in an effort to right his wrongs and try to gain redemption. This is challenging for Amir as Sohrab didn’t talk and struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts which lead to him attempting to take his own life. His depression stemmed from watching his parents die and the torture inflicted upon him by Assef, who Amir describes as a sociopath, this is a public challenge faced by both Sohrab and Amir has they try to make his life better and help him endure this tough time in his life. This is shown with this line in the book, ‘"Because " he said, gasping and hitching between sobs, "because I don't want them to see me...I'm so dirty." He sucked in his breath and let it out in a long, wheezy cry.
Put yourself in that position. I do not believe any individual wants to live each day knowing that the very illness that is eating at their own life is also corroding away at the lives of those who they love the most. It may sound vulgar, however it many cases it is true. Family members take leave from work, to tend to their loved ones needs, knowing at any point their breathing will stop and their lives will be changed
Living in denial churns up a smoke of mendacity and when an entire family is in denial, the smoke builds up to a cloud. If you live in denial long enough, only death will snap you back to reality. Using the characters “Brigg” and “Big daddy”, let’s explore the effect of living denial on this larger than life family drawn up by Richard Brooks. Brigg, while being the favorite son is troubled by past events that he keeps running from. He seems to hide under a mask of sarcasm and alcohol to forget his discrepancies.