In both novels the protagonists are teenage boys who do not conform to society's standards and expectations. The theme of accepting one for as they are is prominent in both works and is one of the main reasons I enjoy both novels so much. Both of these books have arguments on how one perceives himself. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden believe he is invincible, like when he attacks Straightlayer on page 50 because of a girl he had feelings for. Another good argument that makes the plot convincing is the discussion back and forth between Holden and Mr. Spencer, where the teacher tells him, “do you blame me for flunking you, boy?” on page 15 and Holden has a little hissy fit.
“I don’t, and he probably does, scum that he is - but I doubt that the other girls are deans” (150). I do like how Wade always has her back, “I could get on the phone and threaten to fly back there and kick his ass” (150) there is something beautiful about their dysfunctional relationship. I love how Wade gushes over her even though I feel like he is smarter than her but he leads not to be. I realized he was a hopeless romantic “Why don’t you write a love story instead” Angelia said. He looked up from his screen in surprise, “You mean like... Our
On the other hand, love can bring out the best in people. For example, the main foil we see in the beginning of the book is between Romeo and Tybalt. Tybalt, due to his arrogance, brings the best out of Romeo when he is attempting to engage Romeo in a duel (Shakespeare 3.1). Romeo denies Tybalt's offer to a fight, for obvious reasons. Tybalt continues to harass Romeo while Romeo is simply complementing Tybalt in return.We see the best is brought out of Romeo as he is showing maternity and respect for his ‘Family.’ Overall, love is a marvelous force for good because it is everlasting through time and hardships, it brings people together, and it has the potential to bring the best out of people.
Yunior replaces longing with indifference, family with solitude, feelings with masculinity. While he himself does not recognize these exchanges, Yunior alludes to them throughout his story of wooing girls; what he really desires is to not desire. Contentment, his end goal, can only be reached in his mind by proving himself to the world as the man he aspires to be, not the child who did not want to go visit his aunt with his family. In his story, How to date a brown girl (black girl, white girl, or halfie), Junot Diaz, the author, paints the strange world that some male Dominican teens grow up in. His subtle and overt mentions of race, masculinity, and identity constantly tangle themselves throughout the whole piece.
Upon reading "Alma" by Junot Diaz, readers can immediately tell that Yunior has strong, sexual desires for Alma. He describes her in very detailed and lustful ways. From her body to all the sexual adventures they have, as to another man may say, "Yunior is a pretty lucky dude." Apart from her physical attributes, Alma seems to want a serious relationship with him. She even tries to learn Spanish just to develop a bond with his family and this tells how committed she is.
Although victor childhood was blissful, he explains to Walton that he had a violent temper at times, as well as intense passions, that "by some law in his temperature, they were turned not towards childish pursuits but to an eager desire to learn all things indiscriminately" (marry Shelley pg. 39). Despite Victor 's confessions regarding his nature, for some reason, Walton continues to see him as a good person. Walton says, "what quality is it which he possesses, that elevated him so immeasurably above any other person I ever knew. believed it to be an intuitive discernment; a quick but never-failing power of judgment."
In the story Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara’s. I particularly liked the theme in the story as it stood out do me more than anything else. In Raymond's Run, the theme of the story is the significance of familial relationship in life. The theme reflects the selfless and antimate bonding between a brother and an sister. In the story, while Squeaky is perfectly fine, Raymond is mildly abnormal and not “quite right” which is why he can be regarded as mentally retarded.
Zadie Smith’s “The Girl with The Bangs” is a vivid account of a romantic relationship between two incompatible characters with vastly different personalities. Told from a first person perspective, it traces the narrator’s journey through an unusual relationship with the girl Charlotte, exploring what it is like “being a boy” – enthralled by a girl’s physical features and thus willing to tolerate any faults of any magnitude (188). His optimism and attraction to Charlotte eventually leads him to grief, where, blinded by their relationship, he is caught unawares and replaced by another boy. Yet, he also achieves an epiphany: that the relationship is built on irrational obsessions and motives and is thus ultimately unsustainable. Told in introspection,
It is very difficult for teenage boys to understand and explain their emotions. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo falls in love with Juliet as soon as he sees her. Romeo is feeling blind infatuation for Juliet. Because Romeo is a teenage boy, he likely has difficulty in interpreting his emotions. This difficulty interpreting emotions causes Romeo to confuse his infatuation with Juliet for love for her (Zarra 1).
He proves himself a progressive thinking and innovative individual in the face of our nation’s serious atrocities against people of color. Evidence to these accusations against his character is scarce, save for his forward nature in letters to his supposed one night stand. There are many letters that show his indulgent and immoderately charming nature and one should observe his forward behavior in conjunction with his high regard for women and their education. He often made a case for women’s deserved right to education and even made comments in his provocative letter his young friend seeking a mistress. In one of his reasons for the selection of an old mistress is because they are wiser and, “their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable.” While this statement isn’t in any way justifying his grossly detailed
(General personality type stuff) Tiffany is first and most a genuinely kind-hearted person, always quick to sacrifice her needs for friends and family, and always looks for the best in people. This talent for understanding people sets her apart as a great listener and confidant, able to give advice not just from her own opinions, but because she can really empathize with them. Her favorite quote shows how she strives to greet each new day with optimism. “Tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring?” – Cast Away. Despite being so attuned to other people, Tiffany is still very shy and introverted, waiting to open herself up to people she feels will be a long-term constant in her life.