It is not that Holden is misunderstood, but that Holden has never really understood himself and that is why he maintains himself within the confines of his own miserable loneliness. One real life example of this are bullies, who abuse and bother others because they are not comfortable with how they are so they take it out on other
Holden constantly complains about society and the world around him, it’s always too much for him, it’s always forgery. “I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff,...” (Salinger 51). Holden’s observation is discussing that people often lie when leaving a conversation or when saying hello to people, Holden claims that he hates when people say they are glad to see you because they do not mean it.
The main point of this story, Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, is how the people that society look down upon see things from different points of view. An example of this is the main character, Paul, who society looks down upon, as they consider him blind, however, he often sees what others do not and has excessive knowledge of the world around him. Even though he sees everything, he does not say what he knows and others do not ask him, for they believe he has no knowledge of the problems. After moving to Tangerine, he sees his brother doing horrible things and his parents none the wiser. His friend suffers at the hands of his brother and consequently, ends up dying, and afterwards, Paul feels much guilt for the words unsaid.
We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye. Why does he have this fear? Shouldn’t someone who acts tough and often brags know that they will never become a phony? The answer would be yes if Holden wasn’t so insecure. Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person.
In The Kite Runner, Amir was always a complex character that I found difficult to understand. His actions and feelings towards Hassan absolutely baffled me. After fully understanding the relationship between Amir and Hassan, I came to the conclusion that Amir is essentially a selfish and egotistical character; likewise, in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is just as selfish towards everyone, even Mercutio. Both Amir and Romeo did not know what they had... until it was gone. I believe the relationship between Amir and Hassan to be weak and one sided.
Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself. He lies intensely throughout the course of the novel, starting from lying to Ackley at the very beginning of the book. From his sarcastic tone in his conversation with other people, readers can denote his own cynical view on the world. Holden views adulthood as phony, hypocritical and fake while childhood in his mind is a world of innocence, honesty, and joy. 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.
A difference between the characters is that Vernon ends up being an outlaw due to his passive response to the circumstances, which is why his anxiety is taken advantage of. However, Holden becomes one as he is actively against the society that requires him to go along with the crowd and any bourgeoisie understandings, as suggested by the paragraph 3.1 “the most terrific liar.” Nevertheless, the repetition of “fucken” implies that Vernon is discontent with society as well. Little ́s thoughts are as straightforward: (page 60) ”Makes me want to puke.” Similarly, Holden Caulfield does it in his own way: (page 55) “She’s old as hell…” Both of the characters tell the audience about their experiences of the society at the time using three technical devices:1st person narration, soliloquies, and epical reports. (Bange 1982, 77), as for instance in the following: page 13: “Old Spencer started nodding”. (epical report)…pretty disgusting to watch(1st person narration)… ́They are grand people”(epical narration.
Card displaying the great deal of misfortune that Ender faces throughout the book almost guarantees the reader will feel some sense of sorrow for him. So the reader is so full of sorrow for Ender that they want him to be innocent. The reader never gets to experience what the buggers had been through or even know their future intentions of the humans. The reader gets so trapped in sympathy of Ender that they never once question the morality of his mass genocide. The reader feels as if it isn’t his fault when indeed it is.
He is dirty and unlearned, having done poorly at school. Before the attempted patricide, he lived a life of cringing submission to his father. However, this reality stands in stark contrast to the tale he tells, of an act so unnatural, so divorced from the stifling constraints of traditional morality, that it sets Pegeen’s imagination alight. Though she is observant enough to recognize what he truly is, she is so blinded by the potential of his tale that she blinds herself to this reality. What this reveals is that she values above all else the "fiery" nature of language and words.
Furthermore, Joe likes revealing other people’s secrets and does not understand what privacy is. By neglecting Drew’s feelings, Joe exposes to Bill that Drew cheated on his exam to get his diploma (Brest). This shows that Joe is unsympathetic. Moreover, Joe is very selfish since he misused his powers and took an innocent life just so he could explore the human world. This shows that he is inconsiderate and selfish and does not care for others.