This anxiety stands as an indication that he is worried about where children are going to go as they are entering adulthood. Holden wants to know “where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. [He] wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something” (13). The ducks, harmless, carefree, and fragile, represent children. Both children and the ducks are very unprepared for what lies ahead of them.
In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Holden is suspended in Limbo between being a child and being an adult. Holden realizes that he is no longer a child, which is why he would like to preserve the innocence of children, but he believes all adults are phony, and refuses to be like them. Growing up is something that everybody has to do. As children get older, innocence is lost, and phoniness is obtained, and this is what Holden fears the
The main character, Willy Lomman, is consistently denying reality, both inside his mind and outside of it. The first point I want to bring is how Willy pretended to be someone else his whole life and how this affected his well-being. The second point is how those beliefs, instilled in his two sons, affected their well-being. The last point is how Willy's denial of reality made him miserable. One of the key points of the story is, without a doubt,
By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over?” (pg 60) This could reflect Holden’s fear about where he, himself, is going in life, and whether he should leave or adapt to his surroundings. Fish: One response that Holden receives to his questions is that "The fish don't go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddam lake." (pg 45) Unlike the ducks who are able to leave their troubles behind, the fish cannot escape the freezing lake.
That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world. Holden Caulfield’s despise of fakeness causes his resistance of growing into a more mature person, with the lack of ability to interact with other people, make him a
In The Stranger by Albert Camus, the main character, Meursault, struggles to conform to the societal norms that are expected of him due to him being an absurdist. Absurdism is based on the idea that the universe has no order or meaning and that humanity’s search for meaning to the universe is fundamentally futile. As an absurdist, Meursault views society’s standards and rules as unnecessary and pointless and because of this belief, he does not grieve after losing his mother because he feels it to be unnecessary. His lack of grief, however, contrasts with his neighbor, Salamano’s, intense grief after losing his dog on the street despite having a poor and relationship with his dog. Salamano’s grief represents the societal norms of grieving, and
Teiresias does not want to speak to Oedipus about his past and future to be. As the King and blind man speak they steadily become more and more heated between one another. Oedipus, uses the most derogatory and repulsive insults to try and anger Teiresias into revealing the past to him. After being broken down by Oedipus, Teiresias still does not wish to capitulate the fate of Oedipus in hopes that one would be able to live on with his life in peace. By holding the fate of Oedipus to himself, Teiresias can be seen sacrificing personal pride in hopes that one can stay joyful and
However, Jake Barnes could never achieve and participate in this craze due to the injury he sustained during WWI. This damaged his self-esteem and due to the location of the injury, his masculinity, “Undressing, I looked at myself in the mirror...of all the ways to be wounded” (Hemingway 38). Maslow's hierarchy of needs states that one must achieve self-esteem before self-actualization. Therefore, “Jake will never achieve the psychological stability he craves because he finally accepts...philosophies about his injury...these ideas...will always leave him vulnerable to the fear that he will...be an invalid” (Fore). Not only does this ruin his self-esteem but ruins his relationships as well since he is impotent as a result.
His central theme is the struggle of growing up in a world full of “phonies”. Instead of admitting that adulthood scares him, Holden creates a fantasy that adulthood is a world of hypocrisy and dishonesty, while childhood is the reverse. “Holden’s Irony in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” by Lisa Privitera the writer clarifies, in her review of the Catcher in the Rye, she indicates that Holden has allowed himself to live in the absurdity of the world. He wants to search for a solution about his place in the world, but he does not do anything to proceed his quest. His final words, “Don’t ever tell anybody anything.
Tiresias respectively rejects to answering the questions remembering his place but Oedipus forges on his path for answers and an argument ensues: “…You are blind in mind and ears as well as in your eyes” (Sophocles 391-392). “…You have called me blind, but you have your eyes but see not where you are in sin. Do you know who your parents are? And of the multitude of other evils between you and you children, you know nothing” (Sophocles 432-452). In a rage Oedipus denies Tiresias’ words and claims to not know what he talks about due to