Holden Caulfield, in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is an ideal transcendental hero. Though the question here is to what extent is Holden a transcendental hero. Holden’s way of being can be hard to understand, he has those “soft” moments where he seeks for his sister for comfort, or his red hunting hat, but most of all, a baseball glove that belonged to his younger brother, Allie who passed away. Other time, it’s the complete opposite, he goes for cigarettes, or alcohol.
Although the story of the Minotaur is only a myth, there is much one can learn by thoughtfully considering each of the various characters and their behaviors or reactions. In the story, one can observe how Minos, the King of Crete and the stepfather of the Minotaur, was cruel, ruthless and selfish. As the story continues, one comes to understand that how one behaves impacts countless others not just him- or her- self. When Minos was selfish and did not sacrifice the white bull, not only were his wife and “son” affected, but also countless innocent Athenians. As time went on, the king became more cruel and ruthless, rather than learning from his selfishness and striving to repair the damage he had caused.
“ he laid there on his stomach, the doctor said that his heart was going to burst if he were to walk” (hurst 417). In this quote they are saying that doodle is a bit special. “ i 'm going to teach his how to walk so i don 't have to carry him around everywhere i go “hurst 419). So the narrator is trying to teach doodle how to walk so that he didn 't have to carry him everywhere he went because he was embarrassed of doodle. .
Instead, he is talking about his family being mad at him as a result for him being “slow” while getting dressed. Since the only family which is mentioned in the text is his father, then it can be deduced that he is talking about his father being mad at him for taking a long time. This gives his father the quality of being strict although overall this stanza shows Haydn’s father in a positive
Huck starts to lose his innocence because he witnessed some murderers committing crimes ruthlessly. At this point in the book, Mark Twain explores the idea of seeing the truth in our surrounding, and as we are more exposed to the outside world with unlimited information, we are restricted from the rules society creates. Also that as we gain knowledge, we lose our innocence and seeing a world without a
When asked to pen a descriptive composition for a friend who has no time for classwork, Holden begrudgingly agrees, and immediately chooses to write about Allie’s baseball glove. The fact that his first choice of material to draw from was a possession of Allie’s shows how deep his love for his brother is. Holden reminisces about the mitt, saying, “The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat” (Salinger, 49).
In the book Charles confides in his wife and explains how being around Will gives him a feeling of being too old and how he wishes to have the ability to do normal son and father activities such as going outside and playing baseball with one another, but alas with his loss of youth he is unable to do so. Heller, the author of Magill’s Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition suggests that Charles “combines elements of both Jim and Will in his own past” since Jim can’t wait to grow older and Will wishes to stay young and naive. .Charles wished to grow older and learn about what life had to offer, but his youth left him and he soon realized how he simply wasted away a large portion of his life and is now saddened of his old age and the youth that left him. The theme of “lost youth” (Buchanan) in Charles Halloway is shown throughout the story in the struggles that he faces with and the ideas and thoughts holds in
Throughout the text, Vladek is seen trying hard to connect with Artie so he can learn to protect himself but Artie does nothing but push him away because his only motive to be with his father is to write his comic book and in Mala’s case, Vladek isn’t in love with her. He just wanted her company, unlike how he was deeply in love with Anja. The survivors of the Holocaust all have different stories and perspectives of what they went through, but one thing they all have in common is that The Holocaust left an impact on them and changed
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield seeks the acceptance of others when he writes Stradlater's composition, meets with a prostitute, and talks with the nuns. One of Holden's most important ideas is the innocence and purity of children, specifically his dead brother Allie. When Stradlater asks Holden to write a composition for him, Holden agrees and decides to write about Allie's baseball glove, something that is very personal to Holden. When Stradlater reads the composition, he responds with, “For Chrissake, Holden. This is about a goddam baseball glove.” (Salinger 46) Holden reaches out for Stradlater's acceptance, but the response he gets is rejection of both Allie and himself.
Both poems are reflective, as the speakers reminisce on a point in their past, but each poem conveys another different tone as well. In “The Lanyard,” this reflection is somewhat remorseful and regretful. The speaker wishes to tell his mom that even though he thought the lanyard he made at camp would make them even, “you can never repay your mother” (“Lanyard” 37). The speaker lists many of the things his mother has done for him, and compares them with the lanyard he made for her, implying that he feels he took her for granted. However, in “The Gift,” this reflection is very nostalgic and appreciative.