Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person. We see many signs of Holden insecurities throughout the book, like the fact that he contradicts himself. An example of this would be when Sally and Holden are in the taxi and he tells her he loves her, he then counties to say, “It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it” (Salinger 139). Someone who is confident would not lie and play with the emotions of someone else. Another example of Holden contradicting himself would have to be when he hired Sunny, a
Another reason is the fact that he still lives at home even though his dad is abusive, and his mom doesn’t care. He could leave anytime he wanted but he doesn’t he stays there with his family even when he is harming himself. Also when Ponyboy and Johnny were at the park, then Bob showed up. Bob and his friends were drowning Ponyboy in the fountain, and Johnny was hurt he got right back up to help his friend. Johnny was terrified and didn’t
Class and gender/sexuality are complicated in “Drown” by Junot Díaz. Yunior and Beto are ex-best friends who are separated through the complications. Their relationship tenses up when Beto decides to better his life through education. At first glimpse, Yunior’s struggle with class and sexuality could be based within his homophobic fear. The typical understanding that Yunior’s unmotivated attitude stems from fear is flawed because it fails to recognize his stance to not change who he believes he is and where he is meant to be.
In All the Bright Places, Theodore Finch’s internal conflict leads to self destruction and ultimately to the emotional ruin of Violet, his girlfriend and character opposite. At the start, their opposite traits prove the scientific principle of opposing polarities being drawn to each other: positives attract negatives and vice-versa, but as the novel progresses it becomes apparent that their differences actually push them away from each other rather than bring them together. Opposite character personalities may attract each other, but essentially they create tension and problems. From the moment Violet first meets Finch, something about him captures her attention. She finds herself finally admitting to him, “You know what I like about you,
For example, in the beginning, the seemingly utopian relationship between Gene and Phineas showed how they are both good characters at heart. There was little to no conflict between the two, and there were no unfriendly feelings between them. However, as the story progresses, the reader sees how this relationship falls into decline, as Gene goes from being amiable to unstable and paranoid, while Finny is unfalteringly friendly. For example, as Gene and Phineas are getting ready to sleep at the beach, Phineas says to Gene, "You are [my best pal]." (41) Gene thinks about returning the compliment, but he does not.
He’s so used to sleeping around with other women and saying things that he doesn’t really mean that he thinks he can do the same with Catherine. This quote foreshadows what their relationship is going to develop into, because it displays how innocent he is to the truth. Throughout the novel Frederic grows more mature and begins to understand what it means to really love someone. Their physical attraction towards each
Lennie and George rely on each other in many ways. George announces that even though he may portray through his actions that he seems mad at Lennie, he is never actually mad at him. This symbolizes companionship versus loneliness because it informs the reader that in a companionship there will be things to overcome in order to have a companion versus being lonely. George tells the
Accepting When You Are Wrong In Nick Flynn’s memoir, Another Bullshit Night In Suck City, the narrator, Nick, and his father, Jonathan have developed a negligent relationship among each other. Nick has many encounters with his father, where he could have approached him in order to reconnect the father son bond but he does not. However, Nick does feel that not only is his father lost but he is as well. “Some part of me knew he would show up, that if I stood in one place long enough he would find me, like you’re taught to do when you are lost. But they never taught us what to do if both of you are lost, and both of you end up in the same place, waiting.” (Flynn 24) Nick chose to remain focused on how his father was not there for him growing up, and not take advantage of the times that he was right in front of him.
Although this can be argued as Eddie could be hiding his own sexual ambiguity, possibly having strong homosexual urges he couldn’t deal with. Evidence of this can be found as he describes Rodolpho to Alfieri, “You could kiss him he was so sweet”, and subsequently Eddie also kisses Rodolpho. This could indicate Eddie’s struggle to control and protect his dominance. This act brings the young lovers closer and his family
John “had recently married a wife whom he loved more than his life” (Chaucer, “The Miller’s Tale” 35-36). Since this carpenter is the most sentimentally involved with Alisoun, he ends up the most betrayed and embarrassed by her disloyalty. Conversely, Alisoun doesn’t give Absolom any reassurance that his infatuation is requited, so he does not fall into the trap of falling for her. Consequently, Absolom leaves the situation feeling rejected, but not truly dejected because his connection with Alisoun was only in his dreams. Meanwhile, Nicholas begs her for sex by yelling “sweetheart, love me right away or I’ll die, so help me God!” (Chaucer, “The Miller’s Tale” 94-95).