Within the novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger, the character of Holden Caulfield, has been presented as a complex character. His life begins in turmoil, due to the death of his little brother. Holden despises the loss of innocence among children, which is shown through his vivid thoughts of catching children, preventing them from falling into adulthood. He later struggles academically and socially, he fails school and struggles to socialise. He experiences physical and emotional collapse later in the novel when he feels like he’s disappearing from society.
The pristine blankness of their mind is susceptible to impressions, both positive and negative, from external factors, primarily parenting, schooling and their interactions with society. Victor’s physical and emotional reactions to his child tarnish this slate, altering the monster’s interpretation of the parent-child relationship and that of his part in the social order. Victor’s “bitterness of disappointment” reflects through his avoidance of his creation and foreshadows the abuse and abandonment that would ensue for the rest of the novel (Shelley 60). The monster cannot help his actions and thoughts because the only moral confidant that could possibly understand him is the absent
Theodore Finch is a misfit and has been labeled a freak by his classmates ever since his unusual growth. Unlike Violet, Finch suffers from a mental illness that cause him to constantly think about death and ways to kill himself. He can experience moments that takes him on top of the world and a depression so deep that he can’t even leave his own room.
The direct and indirect characterization of Doodle shows the cruelty and how much the mentally handicapped were neglected in the time of the text in the story “The Scarlet Ibis”. The narrator directly characterized Doodle when he said, “He talked so much that we all quit listening to what he said.” This is showing they don’t care for Doodle. They don’t realize he needs extra help and treats him like a annoying burden. Once they realized Doodle would always be like this they just ignore him, even if he wasn’t speaking. They are treating him like the scarlet ibis when it was in pain and dying they just watched.
Autism is a mental condition that causes difficulty in communicating and forming relationships, but a lot of people do not realize the signs, therefore, it is easy to criticize. Some characters overlook stereotypes while others stand by them confidently. All the characters in this short story prove the theme in separate ways, such as Bub, his wife, and Beulah, Robert’s wife. Firstly, Bub stereotyped Robert all built on how he thought blind people were supposed to act. Carver wrote, “In the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed” (261).
In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff suffers injustice throughout his entire life. Not only was he unwanted as a child but he was also ridiculed for his physical appearance, tormented by Hindley, and emotionally stabbed in the heart by his one true love, Catherine. Although Heathcliff is in a constant search of justice, he does not know how to find it. Throughout the novel, Heathcliff constantly uses revenge in order to seek justice but always ends up more disappointed than he originally starts off as. At Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange, Heathcliff does not fit in.
(l.42) The husband decides everything for the protagonist and thinking it’s for her own good, but eventually his methods proves to worsen her illness, she can’t even write. She also has a brother, who is a doctor that doesn’t really help her on her sickness and just orders her to rest. The poor character has two family members that should be helping her, instead they are making her worse, even though that is not their intentions. In the story, she suffers from a mental breakdown after she obsesses over a wallpaper that consumes her every moment. She starts acting paranoid because of the things she is seeing in the yellow wallpaper.
The main reason he came to New York is because he longed for its excitement, but eventually realized that it was not worth sacrificing his principles. “Even when the East excited me most, even when I was most keenly aware of its superiority to the bored, sprawling swollen towns beyond the Ohio, with their interminable inquisitions which spared only the children and the very old---even then it always for me had a quality of distortion” (176) Eventually, Nick found that East Egg had a surreal quality to it, and found it “distorted” due to this. He found the society of the rich too superficial and conceited, almost completely materialistic and twisted in a way. East Egg for Nick, distorted reality where the wealthy lived in a bubble where life was untangled to an indulgence of inclinations. Similarly, Nick is always swinging back and forth in his relationship with Jordan.
In this situation, the author produces a story that criticizes patriarchal ideas of the time in relation to femininity. In this story, the narrator faces with the impossibility of escaping by more rational physical pathways. Madness allows the narrator to escape from social and family control and to transgress all established norms. The narrator is frustrated when she realizes that her husband, a physician, does not recognize her state as a mental problem that needs to be worked on. By escaping from the conventions, the narrator frees herself from the schedules, and control of the guardians who guarded all her actions.
Neglect is a destructive matter occurring in today’s society. Neglect can be defined as when someone is or feels unloved or abandoned. Maloney demonstrates this theme in the novel as a concern considered by the protagonist, Carl. Carl Matt is a victim of this deplorable predicament. In the book, he feels unwanted in many situations, mainly with his mother, Kerry, who has abandoned him numerous times.