22659 Mrs. Murawski American Lit Honors - Period 2 Sunday, December 14th, 2015 Influences of unreliability and reliability There is always that one friend that can never tell a story straight, There’s always loopholes, missing pieces and biases within the stories. These people are unreliable narrators. The unreliable narrators that we encounter day to day are ones that can’t be trusted. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has many influences that make him unreliable narrator throughout his journey in the story such as his profanity, his immaturity and the way he speaks the readers. To begin, Holden Caulfield in the story uses many different ways to express his feeling to us specifically in profanity.
Meursault constantly has varying thoughts dancing around his mind, one of which is the environment. The environment is behind all of Meursault’s struggles and problems in his mental world and interferes with his physical world as well, causing him to think that the world is irrational. Holden’s attitude toward the world is particularly similar to Meursault’s because nihilism and absurdism are quite similar. Both believe that the world is irrational and out to get them. The only difference between the two is that Meursault discovers that even though he believes that the world manipulated him and demanded to kill the
Raymond Carver takes a bleak and sometimes dark humor approach to the costs of relationship breakups in his short story, “Popular Mechanics”. While there is a focus on how a child is often damaged during a separation, the emphasis is on the unnamed angry man and woman’s discord. Carver doesn’t clarify what is the cause of the couple’s troubles, but it’s clearly turned hostile. The gloomy depiction prevents any promise of a favorable outcome. The indistinctness of the characters allows the reader to put themselves into the story and to feel the building aggressive tension.
Poor John The first character to be introduced in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale,” John the Carpenter is arguably one of the more endearing characters in the story as he is one of the few who refrains from trying to trick or sleep with anyone else. Unfortunately, this amiability does not make him immune to the immorality of the other characters, and indeed, by the end of the tale, John suffers a fate undeserved by his actions; he is cuckolded by his wife, cheated by his friend, and publicly humiliated by the entire town. John is described by the narrator as having two major character traits, jealousy and stupidity, but only his stupidity is corroborated by actual action in the story.
However, this duality in character led to Hertzen 's estrangement from Russian society. The element of alienation he experienced started as a young boy. Throughout his adolescent life of solitude and social isolation characterized most of his associations or lack thereof with those of his own social class. Authority, which was closely linked with class in Russia, appeared arbitrary and therefore unjust and further alienated him from the Russia’s noble elites. In contrast among his beloved cohort at Moscow State University, he did feel quite at home.
Childhood fears and adult traumas are stored differently in the brain than happy memories. They are buried like porous capsules deep in the primitive regions, below awareness and beyond easy reach of conscious thinking and talking. They are buried so deep that they are separated from the normal flow of life, and so time cannot work its natural healing powers. There is a vast psychological literature on the diverse ways people are held back by these hidden capsules. Often, they don’t feel fully grounded or empowered.
If someone we love and trust pressures us towards a certain direction, then we are more prone to follow that person’s path instead of our own. Macbeth was capable of being an admirable and gracious man, but Lady Macbeth’s influence hinders his growth and molds his identity into one that goes against his
Symbols can mean anything in a person's life; they are the language of mysteries. Holden Caulfield has many symbols representing different aspects of his life. J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye tells a heartbreaking story about Holden, a young teenager who struggles to fit in with the world and finding a place that he belongs. Holden seems to not realize that he is an adult now but is attached in this childish world. Holden likes the way things were the same in his childhood and desires to stop time and remain in his childhood.
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.
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger we read about a young man, Holden Caulfield, freshly kicked out of yet another high school and highly opinionated about his views of society. We learn about his views as he walks around New York around Christmas time, not wanting to face his parents so soon after being kicked out of school. Some of Holden's views on society include; phony people are bad, and there needs to be more protection of the innocence in the world, Holden has the right to worry and want change for each of these topics, yet he worries about them in a level that is completely unhealthy. Holden's views include that phoniness should be eradicated from society. Holden is happy when people don't try to glorify phony people:
Nandan Shastry In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield struggles with many internal and external conflicts that change his attitude on life and how he approaches and confronts various situations. Throughout the novel Holden is always labeling people and situations that he disagrees with as phony instead of respecting that someone may have different opinion than him and it might be right. At the conclusion of the novel Holden is faced with the questions of whether he will apply himself when he goes to school that coming fall. He replies that he wants to but will never know until that time has come.
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.
“I like to be somewhere at least where you can see a few girls around once in a while, even if they’re only scratching their arms or blowing their noses or even just giggling or something” (3). The narrator, Holden Caulfield, describes an aspect of his character through this confession. Obviously, he is interested in girls and desires them at all times. During the 1950s when this novel was published, having such desires would not have been approved of by the parents of the time due to the increasing social pressures of society. A majority of these adults would have considered Caulfield a terrible role model and would not have wanted the youth to read about him wanting to look at girls.