Hannibal would later serve Mark Twain well as the basis for the fictional town of St. Petersburg in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Growing up in Hannibal provided the young Samuel Clemens opportunity to witness slavery, death, disease, river commerce, and most important, the myriad triumphs and failures of handworking American families struggling to build a life in an area of the country far away from the polite manners and refined social graces of coastal New England intellectual culture.” ( Link, 2012, p XII) As Eric Carl Link
(b) The purpose of this essay is to discuss Holden’s progression from innocence to experience in The Catcher and the Rye. In this essay I will be discussing Holden’s need to protect the innocent and innocence itself. I will be discussing the way Holden views society and adults. I will also be discussing Holden’s naivety in the way he views the world as well as his own innocence in regards to sex. This essay will be demonstrating how, although Holden makes progress towards the end of the novel in regards to gaining experience, he then regresses to his former state of innocence in the last chapter.
Adolescence is the transitional period of psychological changes that generally occurs during puberty. Although the Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951, when the characteristics of adolescents were not fully acknowledged, Salinger portrays adolescents’ struggle comprehensively. He depicts teenagers’ unstable mindsets through the Catcher in the Rye, especially through his teenaged protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, he uses Holden to convey the immature curiosity, painfulness of the process of growing up for a typical teenagers and adolescents’ view on the adult world. In the Catcher in the Rye, Salinger depicts the immature mentality of typical teenagers through Holden’s childish curiosity.
The Catcher in the Rye’s Relevance in the 21st Century The essential component of creating a timeless novel is ensuring that it continues to remain relevant as time progresses. The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, establishes the mentality of a teenager, Holden Caulfield, living in 1950’s. While there are many differences in society presently, many of Holden’s thoughts and affairs are similar to those seen in the 21st century. Holden deals with relentless insecurities and a struggle with his identity.
Mark Twain will often add slavery elements into his writing and hint at how wrong slavery really is. Since Twain’s writings are made in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, no one realized what he is really getting at with certain writings, such Mark Twain’s brilliant novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, featuring the two boys escaping society; Huckleberry Finn and Jim. In the novel, a country boy raised by Widow Douglas, Huckleberry Finn, is brought back to his abusive and drunk father, who left him when he was younger. Huckleberry then proceeds to escape his father by taking his canoe to the isolated Jaxson’s island, where he meets an African-American slave that had also runaway; Jim. Huck and Jim then leave Jaxson’s Island on a raft and start their long trek towards freedom from society and slavery.
To Kill A Mockingbird Essay Analyzing the first part of the novel, a great attention should be payed to the childhood world of Jem, Scout and Dill and especially to their relationship with Boo Radley.The children's relationship with Boo in Part One is important in that this story because it sets the subplot of the greater trial coming up in the adult world around them. Jem, Scout and Dill first have their own speculations about Boo. They are intrigued by him in a sort of fascination which has been encouraged by all the hearsay going on about Boo' violent past and night rambling. They are prejudiced against Boo in the same way that the white community is prejudiced against Tom Robinson.Their attitude changes, however, when Boo patches up
Likewise Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967), deals with two weeks in the life of a fourteen year old boy. The story of the novel is about the protagonist Pony boy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ramble Fish (1975) is another novel in which the protagonists are orphans. That novels give a strong impression about the problems that are faced by the teenagers; “Many contemporary young adult novels seem to reflect genuine confusion over what the job of parents. Consist of, beyond keeping kids fed and safe”
Recognizing different perspectives is a hard thing to do, especially if you’re a kid now knowing the complications of the world. Being a kid is not knowing the “real” world like racism, authority violence, etc. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Cather in the Rye by J.D Salinger describes the adulthood, innocence, and perspective of others. In the settings of the books the characters aren’t questioned for roaming off without an adult. The characters portray the lives of others realizing the positions they are faced with.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, figuring out the true protagonist is can be difficult because there are so many characters that could be the protagonist. Some people might say that Scout is the protagonist because she is the narrator and also the main character, but that does not make her the protagonist. The next thing that someone might say is that Jem is the protagonist because he changes so much, and he becomes more responsible, choosing to do the right thing more often than not. In reality, the true protagonist is Atticus, and this is because he is the one who tries to pass his values of right and wrong on to Jem and Scout. Atticus always does what is right, regardless of what other people think.
Although Wurtzler stereotypes the youth of the twentieth century, it is clear that our society has shaped the classic teenage angst into a generation of seemingly faultless young adults ready to be released into the world. In the article, a whole century of teenagers is boiled down to a single description and I do not think is an accurate way to depict them. In the nineteen fifties, which was when The Catcher in the