The song (mistaken) gives him direction. Holden believes he is still a child himself, and a protector, to save children from growing up. Holden’s little sister Phoebe Caulfield is an important element and is going to change things for him. Phoebe explains that Holden has misunderstood the song. Holden “know its crazy” (TRC, X), which symbolizes his own struggles.
Maya Angelou’s Graduation deals with the social concept of a rite of passage. A rite of passage refers to an important event in someone’s life, In this short story; childhood to adulthood. Angelou excellently frames this piece through her use of a joyful tone and childlike perspective. Angelou also deals with racial issues of the time through subtle and blatant symbolism. Angelou’s tone perfectly illustrates the rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST ON THE WAY OF RECOVERY Teenage protagonists have rough and different world and it’s hard to understand them completely. “Catcher in The Rye” and “The Perks of Being Wallflower” novels give a huge place about female relationships of Holden and Charlie. Even though they have different world, they have similar attitudes to their sisters, to their dates who they don’t really like and to their female friends that helped them to overcome their traumas. First, if we consider their altitudes to their sisters, we can easily get that they really love their sisters. Holden has indifferent and careless characteristic to other people.
Adolescence; a turning point for children, a stage in which individuals mark their first official liberation from their mother’s womb. It is a period brimming with wanderlust, a time to take on greater responsibility, to experiment, to surmount profuse hardships and difficulties. Nonetheless, the beauty of youth always includes ramifications. Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, is a captivating novel that remains realistic and true to life. The book is threaded with profound themes and wise characters that embody behavioral facets of youth.
Salinger hints the contrasting view of an adult and an adolescent when old Spencer talks to Holden. Spencer connects life with a “game” (Salinger 8). He makes this comparison to stress the fact that life is amusing and systematic. However, Holden describes life as a “crazy cliff” (Salinger 173). Although Holden tries not to express his emotions throughout the book, fear still seeps through his emotional shield when he discusses about his adulthood with Phoebe.
This short story recites the tale of a sheltered woman who falls in love with a visiting worker, Homer Barron, and takes drastic measures to remain together when faced with the precariousness of their relationship. Emily Grierson’s desire to actualize her ideal future, caused her to murder Homer to avoid dealing with a petrifying future where she dies alone. The willingness to pursue her utopia was perpetuated by her delusions making her unable to accept the uncertainties accompanied with loving an unattainable man. Emily’s masterful imagination detaches her from the unpredictable world through the creation of a warped sense of reality, harsh expectations in a traditional society, and the instillment of false hope. An individual’s perception of the future dictates the extent they will go to actualize their desires.
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, Jing-mei discovers herself though rebellion. As the daughter of an immigrant, she feels pressured by her mother to follow the American dream by being a child prodigy. However, as she fails at task after task, Jing-mei’s hopeful attitude shifts. Abandoning her positivity, she determines to underperform at everything she attempts. Jing-mei evolves from an optimistic girl to a spiteful rebel as a defense mechanism against her mother’s pressure, carrying her rebellious identity until she reaches peace later in adulthood.
That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all" (173). Holden reveals his fantasy of an idealistic childhood with Phoebe, and his role as the protector of innocence. The symbol of the cliff is an allegory of his innocence and boundary he refutes, although most children have to endure this inevitable process of maturity. His catcher in the rye fantasy reflects his innocence and belief in pure and uncorrupted youth.
In any work of fiction, there is bound to be a character who undergoes major changes in his personality and tries to fulfill his/her inner potential. Often times, as is the case with many of these novels, main characters in works like these mirror the inner thoughts and aspirations of the authors, giving anecdotal evidence and experiences via personal storytelling. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger explores this theme via a first-person narrative, carefully crafting and weaving stories and small details to invite the reader to sympathize in Holden Caulfield’s experience. Although critics often “complain of the novel’s pedestrian content,” in reality, personal storytelling and integrating themes into dialect is different from pedestrian, uninteresting content because of the nuances embedded within the text (Roemer 5). In his first description of Allie, although the passage is just a “pedestrian” description, the sheer difficulty of opening up and exploring themes subtly comes up via Salinger’s syntax, diction, and tone of the passage.
“Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?” Essay Interpretations regarding the short story “ Where Are You Going ? Where have you been ?” by Joyce Oates have been widely voiced in various critical articles. For instance, Clifford J. Kurowski's claim that Connie had come of age and “.. was certain she knew how to handle the choices Friend was making available to her”( Kurkowski np ). Or Mike Tierce and John Craftin, who insist that young Connie has been rescued by a mysterious savior, Arnold Friend, who “ frees her from the limitations of a 15-year-old, assisting her maturation by stripping her of her childlike version,” ( Tierce and Crafton np).
If you are old enough to remember, you can think back to the memories of when you are a kid and understand the memories as a child are the best memories that you have in your life; yet eventually you mature into ann adult. Like the book, Catcher in the Rye, the short story Where Are You Going Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oats is about Connie, an adolescent girl, wanting to stay in her child-like life and not mature into a adult. Fortunately, Connie has some help coming into the adult world with the manifestation of a person named Arnold Friend and Ellie. With the help of Arnold Friend and Ellie, Connie matures into an adult by understanding her “religion”, Connie dreams, and Arnold Friend being perceived as a devil.
Caroline also introduced historical contexts, while integrating her purpose and the view of its surroundings of how the shrine was built in 1925. I thought it was pretty unique as I get the full senses of what the character feels as if I was part of this novel. The last book Caroline chose was Jasper John Dooley 's Star of the Week. It was a children 's book, but it heavily emphasized on making it fun, catchy, short, and joyful that kids love to read. Her inspiration came from the feelings of writing to an actual experience and thinking of names that are memorable to her.
By the end of the novel, Scout becomes more empathetic towards others, and is more appreciative of people around her. She learns this through her own experiences. Scout was a typical immature child at the beginning of the novel. She is discourteous Her mid Calpurnia and tells Atticus to fire her. “‘She likes Jem better’n she likes me, anyway,’ I concluded, and suggested that Atticus lose no time in packing her off.”(25).
From the very beginning of each novel the excessive love for the children of Bly is made evident. Describing the children as celestial, perfect human beings is a constant theme discussed. This admiration for the children leads to the one similarity between the characters, the love found for the children. In The Turn of the Screw the new governess immediately describes Flora, the youngest child, as “the most beautiful child I had ever seen, and I afterwards wondered that my employer had not told me more of her”. (James 13) Being separated only by a couple years of age seemed to not prevent the governess from becoming an overly protective motherly figure to both the children.
Images of children in photographs and illustrations can also reveal what childhood has meant to successive generations of parents over the last century and a half. The image of the cute child betokened a new parental conception of childhood, one that in turn fostered more tolerant, even playful approaches to child rearing. Instead of embracing parents ' memories of their own childhoods or their hopes for their children 's future, new toys challenged adult longings while creating a separate (and for many adults, alienating) world of childhood. By contrast, Ginny, though dressed in the latest styles, looks like the girl who played with this doll, and even more closely resembles the dolls that the girl 's mother might have played with (such