Throughout Salinger’s novel Holden is able to accept the dual nature of life because of his memories with his deceased brother Allie, his curiosity distracts him from things that are profane, and the things that are sacred, like Phoebe, keep him from performing profane actions. Holden values his memories with his brother, Allie, almost more than anything else in the novel. Holden remembers Allie through his baseball mitt being one of the only things of Allie’s that he has. Early in the
The paragraph in Sanders’ essay that explains the story behind the handle of his hammer and how he had broken it several times uses an anecdotal story to convey Sanders’ attitude towards his father 's death. The speaker broke his hammer’s handle once by attempting to “pull sixteen-penny nails out of floor joists”; an idea even the speaker admitted was foolish. His father’s response of “You ever hear of a crowbar?” captures the relationship Sanders had with his father. His father was sarcastic at his son’s humorous and avoidable failure, indicating a close relationship between the two. This revelation of the closeness he had with his father conveys the feelings of sadness the speaker would have immediately after his death.
Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
It stays in the family’s heart. He is attempting to show Homer that a life is something that you should hold onto dearly and never think that the life was worthless. Spangler is establishing a very unforgettable thought in Homer’s head so it would help him throughout his encounters with people with deceased family. Adults can explicate death and edify how adolescent people like Homer can deal with this tragedy. Furthermore, another mentor can be Miss Hicks.
In a person’s life, many situations transpire and make them feel pride over one’s self. Readers can see this in the short story,” The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. “In his spare time Hurst wrote short stories and plays, but The Scarlet Ibis was the only work of his that become famous “(gradesaver.com)”. In the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis” James Hurst uses red to symbolize warning, death, and guilt to show the change the older brother goes through, as he takes care of Doodle. The first instance when red is used, is to express warning and the older brother’s attitude, is at Doodle’s birth.
I do believe that Holden’s flashbacks are an accurate depiction of both cases because Holden puts his thoughts on both of these cases as he was describing them. For instance, when Holden describes his dead brother, he mentions that “you’d have liked him,” (Salinger, 38). This demonstrates how much Holden really loves his brother but refers to it in second-person as a way to distance himself from his own personal feelings. After he recalls the moments with his dead brother Allie, he writes Stradlater’s composition about his old brother’s baseball mitt. This also contradicts with the fact that Stradlater asked Holden to write him a composition for his English class.
Holden Caulfield experiences flashbacks to the traumatic events that have occurred in his life. Holden is constantly reminded of his younger brother Allie who passed away when he was 11 years old. “So what I did, I wrote about… did, and he had very red hair,” (Salinger 38). The reader can see that Holden is constantly thinking of Allie, and that Allie was one of the people in Holden’s life that made him happy. Holden’s ability to remember the vivid details of Allie and his life prove that these traumatic events, occurring upon those who brought him joy, will always be with him.
Theodore Roethke wrote the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” to display his love towards his father through their playful actions and his need to spend time with his father. Roethke’s father spends most of his time at work and for that reason Roethke wants to spend time with his father despite of him being drunk. The end of the poem ends as they are about to fall asleep. Roethke “Still clinging to [his father’s] shirt.” Represents his desperate need of attention from his father. The word “clinging” is used
: 9-10). Ellis Amburn explained this primeval bond to his brother in the same way: “…Gerard would haunt the life and the work of Jack Kerouac, sending him a passionate search for male companions to replace his brother – a search that culminated with Neal Cassady and On the Road” (Amburn). Indeed, this unique friendship with Neal Cassady was an alternative to disappointing family relationships. He wanted to compensate Gerard’s death with Cassady’s relationship. Also, these strong male relationships characterized the whole book: “This is, after all, a book in which the men are always leaving the women for other men – Sal leaving an unnamed woman for Dean, Dean leaving several wives for Sal, Ed leaving Galatea Dunkel for Dean...” (Barbarese 592) This masculinity took root in his childhood, as well.
“One other dimension of Gatsby 's early, striving is revealed to Nick at the funeral by the grieving father, who lauds his son 's generosity to him. He also shows Nick a copy of a Hopalong Cassidy novel on which the young Gatsby had written his schedule for self-improvement, emulating Franklin 's similar scheme. This is the plan for achievement of the American dream, appointment objective for a poor boy who strives to be better himself” (Nagel 117). This strategy, he came up with, was a component in helping him organize the purpose of his
A brother is a person that help you because he has pass experience my brother taught me to play baseball because when he was little he didn 't have a older brother to teach him. So that is why i 'm honoring him. His name is Jesus ‘’ Chewy’’ he taught me to be athletic and he help me to get better and better at everything. He wanted a little brother so badly because all he had was 3 sister and when my mom told him that I was a boy he was so happy but that was what my mom said. I going to tell you about his baseball career/ career/ What he does on his free time.
One of the symbols J.D. Salinger uses quite frequently in the book is Allie’s baseball mitt. In the beginning of the novel, it’s a normal baseball glove with poems on it, which we found out was owned by Holden’s brother who had died. But when you reach the end of the book, you realize that Allie’s mitt, along with the memory of him, shaped Holden to be the person he was in the novel. The baseball mitt represented the past.
Kaelyn Held English 9 - 8th Period Novel Paper December 15, 2015 Holden’s Personality in Catcher in the Rye The reader learns that Holden’s identity is determined by his Brother’s death, his sister and, his relationships with others. Holden’s identity is determined by his brother’s death. This is evident when he writes the composition he was asked to write about his brother’s baseball glove that he kept with his luggage. This is relevant to his identity because, I don’t believe that Holden would carry his brother’s property around with him if it wasn’t important to him. Furthermore, when Holden was crossing the streets he kept repeating “Allie (his brother) don’t let me disappear” over and, over.
Holden decides to use the baseball glove of his deceased brother Allie to write a composition for Stradlater, and although Holden does point out he wasn’t exactly thrilled about it, the statement about him not only being unable to think about any other topic, but revealing his interest and liking into the contemplation of Allie’s poems and of his late brother himself, shows his immense care he once had and now has for the brother he lost. Throughout the book that event changed him severely, as it created the sense he needs to be a “Catcher in the rye”, or preserving the innocence of not only himself, but also of the children, who have yet to experience the corruption and evil transferred by the adult world. These events help shape this similar tone, as it represents a darker and intuitive thinking in Holden’s character arc, and when this can be represented through a past event, it helps present the commotion and inconvenience of affairs as something that can be either only a minor event that can be brushed off, or as something that changes entire life’s. How death can drastically change someone’s views is a phenomenon that eventually everyone is going to endure at one point, and the effects on the psyche can be predominant in any