Was Holden successful in his Journey This is an essay on whether or not Holden Caulfield is successful on his journey throughout the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by Jerome David Salinger. This book shows how hard it can be for teenagers that are going from an adolescent to adulthood. Holden, who is sixteen years old, has been kicked out of several schools. Pencey Prep. was the latest.
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is very immature throughout most of the story. He refuses to give up his childhood and he is anxious to see what the future hold for him. Towards the end of the book, the reader is able to catch glimpses of Holden’s new found maturity. He is starting to understand that growing up is a big responsibility and is finally ready to take on that challenge. Although he has not completely matured, one distinct moment at the end of the book lets the reader know he will reach complete maturity in the near future.
Unfortunately for Lionel and Neal, just fourteen year old kids, the tragedy they experience will stick with them for the rest of their lives. In the novel, Athletic Shorts, author Chris Crutcher uses the literary devices, characterization and tragedy, to set a dark mood for the story, which contrasts with the bright atmosphere created early in the book. Characterization plays a very large role throughout the storyline. Lionel and Neal, the two main characters, undergo many changes as the novel develops. Lionel begins going into high school as a comedic, fun kid who tends to annoy his father.
“I think I was annoyed that no-one had ever told me this kind of thing might happen” (Earls, p.38). What do you do when everything you know is stripped away from you and you are thrown into a new and completely different life? Nick Earls deeply explores the idea of alienation throughout the book 48 Shades of Brown, as the central protagonist Dan takes a journey through his final year of school. Nick Earls effectively recreates the aloneness that all teenagers feel as they journey into adulthood. This theme of alienation from society is evident through the examination of characters, plot, setting and symbols.
In the story “The Catcher In The Rye”, by J.D. Salinger many influences about alienation can be made throughout the chapters. Holden Caulfield is a wealthy teen who is confused about himself and where he would fit in life. Although Holden goes to a private school where he would find common interests with other kids who are in the same financial state as him he is pretty isolated. Holden tends to hate confrontation, throughout the novel and always is about to do something but chooses in the end to not.
In conclusion the author J.D. Salinger wrote The Catcher in the Rye to help all of those teens going through the rough transitional period into adulthood, he wanted them to know that they aren’t alone and they aren’t the only ones feeling like this. Holden made the mistake of isolating himself and whenever he felt like finally turning himself in but he would change his mind much too quickly. He was very indecisive and wouldn’t plan too far into the future. If he was to have stayed at Pencey or gone straight home this story wouldn’t have been made, but then again that’s the purpose of it, to share this story and make it relatable to all teens of all different periods of time.
Self Actualization Equals a Superior Society in “A&P” As a naive young man only beginning to understand the consequences of his judgement, Sammy reflects many teenagers during their pivotal stage of life. A person’s journey to understanding themselves, their thoughts, and their actions is a never ending winding road. He or she may experience numerous sticky situations and moments of trial, defeat, and self doubt before learning their place in society. In the early 1960s, the feminist movement was only beginning to gain momentum. Although women gained the right to vote over forty years earlier, the fight for equal rights was far from over.
The bay symbolize the adulthood because he learn a lesson that he has nobody to impress and he learn that he should lesson to older people like his mom before he try to do something that he knows is wrong . The tunnel represent the adolescence because it let jerry knows that he only has one chance to prove to his mom that he cane more mature . Jerry knows that him and his mom has to go back home soon so he tries to impress his
Innocence will fade with age. Throughout the story the boys become more mature and lose their innocence. Pony boy and Johnny mature the most both pony boy and Johnny grew up together throughout the story going through sufferings but by the end they learned to take care of themselves Pony boy is the main character in the story when Johnny kill’s bob, Pony and Johnny go hide in an abandoned church for a while. This required them to mature and that’s when he “Lost his innocence” Pony boy screamed No! “I’m fourteen I’ve been fourteen for a month and im in it as much as you are” I think Johnny is innocent firstly because he has been jumped by the Soc’s many times and secondly if he hadn’t have stabbed bob, Pony boy would have died and if Pony boy died the whole gang would be sad so Johnny had to protect Pony because he is his friend and because he didn’t want Pony boy to die.
Charlie reports both, feelings of happiness and sadness at the same time. He may often be viewed as a loner, quiet, and sensitive. He is intelligent and does well academically in school. Charlie battles with three traumatic events that have had a drastic impact on his life; the suicidal death of his only friend in middle school, molestation in his early childhood at the hand of his Aunt Helen, and the accidental death of his Aunt Helen as a child. Charlie currently experiences flashbacks and