Holden hates small talk and rejects interaction with others. His dark view of people and the world drives him to isolation. Holden does get lonely in his isolation, but whenever he starts to form connections with people, he pulls away before he can get close. We see this when Holden leaves his school friends and also when he ruins his date with Sally by telling her “You give me a royal pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth” (148). This roots back to the death of his brother and his fear of getting close enough to someone that he is vulnerable to being hurt.
In Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton depicts Ethan as a tragic hero who gets downtrodden by his circumstances and mainly, his personality. He has the tragic flaw of not being willing to put anyone in pain even if he benefits from it. Through this, he gets blocked from pursuing an education when he must care for his ill parents. Consequently, he also doesn’t get to socialize with other people of his age, making him feel awfully lonely. To further his tragic predicament, he marries Zeena, his cousin who arrives to take care of his mother and unfortunately, she prevents him from pursuing his love for nature and engineering by wanting to stay in Starkfield forever for her own ego.
Willy is in need of constant reassurance that others will not leave him, whether it be family or friends. Being abandoned at a young age strikes up fear within Willy, which causes him to do actions that make others abandon him. Willy’s insecurity due to his fear of abandonment causes Willy to have an affair with another woman, but when Willy is caught he is filled with guilt and is not able to face the reality of his actions. He is also not able to face the fact that his son does not live up to his expectations and sees his son as a failure and himself as a failed father. Whether it be as big as being abandoned as a child or getting lost at the store as a child, past actions and experiences play a big role on how a person grows up to be.
While it’s clear, facing the truth would solve multiple problems both in his marriage and family, he remains in denial which sets up a chain of lies, the truth of which, are revealed in heated dialogue with his wife and father. The movie uses the “click” metaphor to give us a hint as to why brigg drinks and continues to live in denial. The “click” being the sound of skipper hanging up the phone that brigg keeps
Holden’s desire for individualism coupled with the loss of the only true individual he knew created a breach of loneliness in Holden's life that was unable to be filled. Overall, chapter 20 best displays Holden’s struggle with depression as his thoughts of his own death, funeral, and afterlife become more frequent. Throughout the chapter Holden constantly voices his ideas of what his funeral would be like. Holden is even happy that “[his mother] wouldn't let old Phoebe come to [his] funeral because she was only a little kid” (171) implying Holden feels it would be ok to die since, Phoebe would be shielded some of the pain she may face with his death.
After getting kicked out of yet another school, he starts to become depressed. Since he does not have anyone to talk to about how he really feels, he continues to lie. Holden’s feelings of deep loneliness drive his behavior throughout the novel. Holden has a negative outlook on people because people in his life continually
His best friend, Michael, was thought to kill himself, however the readers and even Charlie himself doesn’t know he actually killed himself or not. Michael death greatly affects Charlie causing him to break down emotionally. The reason why he really breaks down is because he never understood why Michael killed himself (if he did) or why he didn’t get help from Charlie. “Then I started screaming at the guidance counselor that Michael could have talked to me. And then I started crying even harder.~ Page 4.
His father’s death is really a turning point in his life because it almost flips his life upside down and introduces a lot of changes to his life like not going school and the disconnect of not seeing familiar faces or even friends, this all compound and lead to depression. After he met the ghost of his father, everything is suddenly rushed and he is determined to avenge his father saying “Haste, haste me to know it, that with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of love / May sweep to my revenge.” He begins planning and being careful that no one knows his plans. He does this by convincing others like Polonius, Ophelia and Rosencrantz that he has lost his mind. During this episode he convinces himself of the importance of the plan.
Completely revolted by the actions of his father releasing a baby, he realizes that the people of his community truly don’t have a mind of their own; they don’t know how horrible it is to kill and release people and he wants that to change. He also knew that if he stayed and the people around him didn’t know how horrible the community was he would be miserable. Jonas tells The Giver of is feeling and together they make a plan to release the memories Jonas received to the community. Knowing entirely that this plan he had made was barely possible and if he was caught he would most likely be killed. “Yes,” he told The Giver.
Holden is naïve and resentful of the adult world; like many teenagers he is frightened to grow old. Charlie’s aunt died in a car accident, and Holden’s brother died of Leukemia. They alienate themselves as a result of their loved ones deaths and cannot love without fear. However, they also both long for connection, yet Holden pushes people away before he can get hurt. Charlie just wants acceptance and actually makes a group of misfit friends.
In The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Salinger established Holden Caulfield’s introverted character through his background and experiences. As a sixteen year old student, Holden had to encounter many life and death obstacles. He becomes traumatized from witnessing the deaths of people close to him. Holden’s experiences with death changed his perspective of the world. For example, Allie’s death allowed him to realize the weaknesses that death has upon everybody, old or young.
The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, is the story of an angst-ridden sixteen year old Holden Caulfield as he learns to deal with growing up. The story follows Holden through his three day experience through New York as he learns about the truth about innocence, sex, and mortality, making The Catcher in the Rye one of America’s most notable coming-of-age stories. One of the largest influences on Holden’s life was his younger brother Allie who died from leukemia at age eleven when Holden was thirteen. The death of Holden’s brother had a profound effect on Holden emotional state, which eventually caused his complete mental breakdown by the end of the novel.
Family isolation can cause depression and sadness for a teenager. In the novel Catcher in the Rye, the author makes the reader follow the main character, Holden Caulfield around New York. Holden has just gotten kicked out of another school and decides to go around New York without telling his parents. Over the course of his journey, he tries to find himself and where he is going in life. He starts to go downhill as is past starts to haunt him and he starts to think about the future.
Jessica Casimiro October 30, 2015 English 3/PayLea Short Story Essay Patrick Rothfuss once claimed, “The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” The novel Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teen conflicted between remaining in a state of prolonged innocence or transitioning into the world of adulthood, thus facing the corruption and phoniness that it correlates with. Through Holden’s dynamic character, J.D Salinger depicts how innocence is slowly lost when exposed to adulthood. Reluctant to the idea of growing up, Holden strives to protect the innocence of himself and the ones’ around him. Holden reminisces about the Natural Museum of History, a place he enjoyed going
In JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, struggles with the idea of maturity and growing up. The novel chronicles Holden’s journey to find what he should do with his life after being kicked out of school. Being both confused and lost, Holden encounters many moments where he doesn’t know where to go or what to do next. To help him make the right decision, Holden considers the ducks he sees in Central Park.