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.
He seems to hide under a mask of sarcasm and alcohol to forget his discrepancies. Brigg fails to come to terms with why his close friend skipper committed suicide. 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. Holden's assumptions
His rebellion begins when he is kicked out of many boarding schools and does not care about how his mistakes will affect him in the future. 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. Charlie starts to think that there were family problems, due to Michael’s dad not crying at his funeral and on top of that leaving his wife.
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. Shortly after he ends up in another manic episode when he is approached by Ophelia, he convinces her further that he’s gone insane, the episode takes him to almost killing Claudius but he reconsiders after a brief moment of clarity, the episode then leads to the abrupt murder of Polonius, whose body is successfully hid by Hamlet.
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.