He has trouble growing up and accepting life as it is. Holden thinks adults are "phony" which makes him hate the fact of growing up and staying innocent as much as he can while he is old enough to become an adult. He is frustrated with the world and people which makes him act with anger. His innocent childish dream is to be the Catcher in the Rye, to catch the kids before they become phonies like Holden says about adults. The moment he realizes that he cannot keep kids from falling or in other words, from growing up and becoming adults, he, reaches adulthood, and takes a big step towards it at the end of the novel.
22659 Mrs. Murawski American Lit Honors - Period 2 Sunday, December 14th, 2015 Influences of unreliability and reliability There is always that one friend that can never tell a story straight, There’s always loopholes, missing pieces and biases within the stories. These people are unreliable narrators. The unreliable narrators that we encounter day to day are ones that can’t be trusted. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has many influences that make him unreliable narrator throughout his journey in the story such as his profanity, his immaturity and the way he speaks the readers. To begin, Holden Caulfield in the story uses many different ways to express his feeling to us specifically in profanity.
From Jack’s perspective the reader get’s an insight of how persuasive peer pressure can be and how it can destroy friendships. Jack is a very nosey character that likes to ask August personal Questions. Jack jokes about August’s appearance, but because they’re such close friends August takes as a joke. On page 77 it says, ‘I can’t imagine looking in the mirror every day and seeing my self like that.’ Latter on in the novel Jack changes from saying these awful things behind Augusts back. On page 154 Jack changes his opinion of Julian, ‘Julian ran after me.
Holden on Phonies Holden Caulfield constantly contradicts himself in the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, this is best seen on his views towards phonies and he himself unknowingly being a phony. Throughout the book Holden mentions the phrase phonies several times as a way to describe someone who is fake, hypocritical, or pretentious. For instance, Holden thinks that Mr. Haas, the headmaster at Pency, was the most “phoniest bastard” he has ever met; Mr. Haas always puts on a act when he’s meeting parents (21). When people are phony it “drives [him] crazy” because he just wants people to be real (21). Holden contradicts himself by telling Sally that he “loved her” even though “it was a lie” he told because they were kissing (189).
The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger describes the narrator, Holden Caulfield, as an adolescent with many interesting views on society. The narrator has a lot of misplaced rages. When Stradlater and Holden were talking about a girl, named Jane, Stradlater went on a date with, after hearing that his friend has certain relations with this girl he got up off the bed and tried to punch him (Salinger 43). When Holden was younger he had known Jane when he was younger there was no justifiable reason for Holden to attack Stradlater.
It is clear that Holden is at odds with the mainstream, as he controversially identifies as an atheist and a pacifist. In many ways, Holden was before his time. His prevalent profanity, lying, and drinking contrast with our traditional view as of the 1950s as a paradigm of virtue. Perhaps the best representation of this “man against society” struggle is the tragic case of James Castle. Castle, a relatively minor character, is one of the few people other than Holden who speaks out against the status quo by calling a well-to-do fellow student “a very conceited guy” (Salinger 188).
Nunn 1 Kaitlyn Nunn Dessert American Lit and Comp Per 2A 7 December 2015 The Crucible Character Analysis: Abigail Even though Abigail was a lot younger than John Proctor he still cheated on his wife Elizabeth with her which is lechery and considered a huge sin especially in a city full of Christians. That is where it all started, from that point Abigail became obsessed with John and wanted him to herself, and when he didn 't want her back that 's when Abigail got mad, and started trying to get back at them. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail is a deceptive, selfish, and manipulative because if she wasn’t in this play none of the convictions or deaths would have happened. Arthur MIller uses two methods of characterization to illustrate Abigail 's deceptive ways. The very beginning where the “bad girls” were in the woods figuratively sets the stage.
As well as Blanche lies and her mental state slopes downhill, Blanche has another issue which is also a factor as to why she is the way she is. From the time Blanche was a young teenager, when she married her husband at the age of sixteen, to her current self, she has had many issues with men. The first issue is that she married young and found something out that pushed her to make her do things she later regretted. “...A widow of a homosexual husband…”(House22) Blanche found out that her first husband was a homosexual and it hurt her to the point that she drove him into a state of mind where he thought suicide would be the better option. Not only did Blanche have “...a disastrous marriage with a homosexual,...”(Dace), she also let her sexual urges get the best of her.
How would you know you weren’t being a phony? The trouble is, you wouldn’t.” (Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, 92) His constant need to defy norms and ridicule materialism defies the Dream to such an extent that it almost seems like he is mocking the dream. He chooses to evade the pressure of making it big in life contrary to his classmates. Timothy Aubry, a critic, comments on the novel’s blatant attitude. “Since 1951 when it was first published, The Catcher in the Rye has served as a resonant expression of alienation for several generations of adolescent readers and adults who have considered themselves at odds with the norms and institutions of American society.” Holden looks at the people in New York City leading society’s version of idealistic lives and feels repulsed.
Emily Dickinson is a depressed romantic. She falls in love with men she cannot have and her family constantly revised her poems; making them lose their meanings. In “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant” she says “The Truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind-” (1,7-8). Dickinson has had her heart broken so many times by men and it was always delivered quickly and cruelly. Dickinson might have felt that if it was broken to her more gently and kindly she might not feel this way and feel so blindsided by her unrequited love.