This novel takes place in the 1950’s which were very different times comparing to present day. Holden struggles with people because he believes they are fake, however he preforms tasks that reflect himself as a phony as well. Holden’s constant dishonesty, contradiction, and unprincipled actions depict that his contempt for phonies is unwarranted due to the fact that he is ultimately a phony himself. Holden constantly lies and deceives people throughout the whole novel, which reveals his phoniness. After Holden leaves Pencey and boards the train, a woman sits next to him, they begin to talk and Holden tells her his name, “‘Rudolf Schmidt,’ I told her... Rudolf Schmidt is the name of the janitor of our dorm” (61).
That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world. Holden Caulfield’s despise of fakeness causes his resistance of growing into a more mature person, with the lack of ability to interact with other people, make him a
For example, just before he finishes his work on the creature, Victor states that if your study “has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures… that study is certainly unlawful,” (Shelley 56). At this point in his narrative, he understands that there should be a healthy mix of the domestic and pursuit of knowledge, but he throws in a hypothetical that complicates what he knows to be healthy, “if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections” (56) then, he concludes, many evils of famous nations would not have happened. But his actions of abandoning his own health and the company of others to complete his work communicates a disconnect between what he knows and what he
Whereas Frankenstein does not properly value the domestic affection he is given until it is violently taken from him, his creation learns that this is what values most in life and yet is not able to gain this affection from others. Francis Bacon says in his essay Of Friendship “I have given the rule, where a man cannot fitly play his own part; if he have not a friend, he may quit the stage”. Shelley highlights the need for a sense of belonging and companionship by letting both her main figures suffer the pain of not having this need fulfilled and, in consequence, they both “quit the stage” (Bacon) and turn their backs on humanity. Social isolation, although through different circumstances, was the predominant cause for both Frankenstein and his creature’s demise. Even Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband, wrote in his preface to Frankenstein about the “amiableness of domestic affection” (Shelley 9).
For one thing, Holden tries to grow up to much when in reality he doesn’t even understand what he is doing. At the same time, he just does things to make himself feel older. Holden shows himself in many ways throughout the book to be hypocritical and that is a child like attribute. One reason that Holden is more of a child than an adult is that he tries to hard to grow up and is ignorant and just does things without knowing what's going on. Holden is only 16 and he already drinks and smokes like a 30 year old man.
Throughout the early chapters, the prevalence of a significant theme was ‘Individual alienation’. Not only has Holden’s alienation harmed and manipulated his perception of the world from phoniness, but caused the protagonist to restrict maturity. Throughout the novel, Holden seems to be excluded from the world around him. From the conversations held between him and Mr. Spencer in Chapter 2, he
Instead Huck designates society’s ideas and religious views unfit for him as he “knows no better”. Huck sympathizes with Jim and his goal of saving his family even while struggling to repress the views society instilled upon him. The first instance of Huck’s moral stand arises as Huck disregards his thought of returning Jim to “his rightful owner”(90) to the men on the boat. Instead he claims the boat behind him is infected with small pox. Here, Huck blatantly disregards society’s expectation of racism for the first
The novel Lord of the Flies is about a group of schoolboys who are stranded on an unknown island and their journey of how they try to survive, but fail. The story lacks any real female character. But why? There no complete answer to this question, but I think it is because in the story the boys learn the a few lessons such as: responsibility, maturity, and respect. "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away" The boys had challenges and unfortunately not everyone survived.
Huck lets the two lie and cheat because allow them will give him less trouble than if he were to confront them. Since he let them continue, they put on fake plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, and lie to strangers to earn money by saying they are a “changed man because of God” during a camp meeting. Twain shows how twisted the world is by using these characters to show how being morally wrong can take you farther than being a good person. As shown previously, Twain expressed his opinion on morality in various ways in Huckleberry Finn. He showed how the stereotypes during this time were not accurate at all, and how they can be broken.
The red hunting hat symbolizes individuality that the adult world criticizes. Holden, “swung the old peak way around to the back” because he “liked it that way” (Salinger 21). This indicates that, in private, Holden expresses himself in whatever way he chooses. He rarely wears the hat in public because he wishes society will accept him as normal. This is not Holden’s ideal way of life because he
In my opinion, Holden is a typical teenager. In the novel, Holden seeks for independence, questions about religion that people believed, and gone through all the hard times. Throughout the entire novel, Holden barely thinks about his parents, not even doubting if his parents would ‘kill’ him if they know he gets kicked out of Pencey. He can relate to teenagers these days because teenagers are usually rebellious against their parents and do not listen to their parents most of the times. Holden 's parents do not show up in the novel, showing that his relationship with his parents is not perfect, just like others.
Sometimes when one pushes people away, it is to protect themselves. In the Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, creates reoccurring gestures of isolation throughout the novel. Holden clearly suggests the requirement of love and affection, however, fails to generate the opportunity to maintain a formulated conversation. During his childhood experiences, Holden becomes emotionally scarred which brings him to push people away. As Holden believes he is protecting himself, he is actually harming himself, as well.
Research Analysis for "A Good Man is Hard to Find" Flannery O 'Connor 's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is certainly a surprising work of literature. With this story having a not so happy ending, it goes against all of the conventional ideas on what a typical storybook ending should be. Another unusual thing about "A Good Man is Hard to Find is the use of the term "good." It is thrown around excessively through the entire tale by the grandmother and even the Misfit seems to use this word as well. The interesting concept through the characters using this word is that they seem to be misusing it in a sense.