Holden Caulfield has often been depicted as rebel against the norms of 1950s American society by the readers of The Catcher in the Rye because of his desire to escape society and by rejecting the ideal of the American dream that societal institutions attempt to instill within him. However, throughout J. D. Salinger 's novel, the 16 year old’s anguish and actions reflect that he is still coming to terms with the death of his younger brother, Allie. Due to his grief, Holden is someone who cares more about assisting and protecting children and because of this, resists considering his own place within society and the process of becoming an adult. Through Holden’s recollections of his deceased brother, his interactions with children, and how he changes when interacting with his younger sister, it is evident that Holden wrestles with the expectations placed on him to grow up because he wishes to retain and preserve childhood innocence within others to cope with his grief. Holden, who has been consistently disdainful of the ‘phonies’ in his family like D.B.
Have you ever had a strong negative attitude towards a person that everything about them seems bad? In Rudyard Kipling’s novella, The Man Who Would Be King, this is exactly what he was doing. The novella is a story about imperialism in the British Empire and how it impacted its citizens and countries they conquered. Kipling portrayed his negative attitude toward the British Empire through the use of figurative language and diction. The Man Who Would Be King is a depiction of Kipling’s experience with the British Empire when he was growing up in India.
Great Expectations is a Victorian styled novel that tells the transformational story of a young boy named Pip who starts as an outcast but eventually gets brainwashed by society’s ideals and expectations for a gentleman. As an adolescent, Pip was depicted as a common child who lives with his abusive sister and her appreciating husband. Eventually when he gets older, Pip is deluded by the conception that fortune makes a person seem better and elevates a person’s worthiness and endeavours to live up to these outstanding prospects. In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, by Pip is seen as a boy who is held by the restraint of Victorian society when certain events in his life make him desire a luxurious lifestyle that changes him for the worse. Dickens depicts Pip as an aspirant gentleman by having him re-think the way he acts around others who are lower in class than him.
Trevor Eckermann Period 2 6/3/15 Spring Film Review Mark Herman’s “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” produced by David Heyman, portrays an 8 year old boy during the world-war II time period, who leaves Berlin to live close to a concentration camp because his father had recently become a German officer. He lived a gloomy and unhappy life after leaving Berlin. The film gives a point of view from both the boy’s life and the parents’ life. The starring actors and actresses were Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga and Amber Beattie. James Horner added feelings such as sadness, suspension, joy and many others to give more of a simulation of the events.
“Battle Royal” is narrated by a black boy who is facing prejudice from the white men of his town while Krebs in “Soldier’s Home” is fighting societal norms and wanting to express his freedom after serving his country. The major themes are how the American dream was, and maybe still is, a broken system for white or otherwise European descent, and that the American dream can be applied to more than just you life, but to personal values. The main character in “Battle Royal” was told by his grandfather: Son, after I’m gone I want you to keep up the good fight. I never told you, but out life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days, a spy in the enemy’s country ever since I gave up my gun back in Reconstruction. Live with your head inn the lions’ mouth.
In 1984, Winston Smith distinguishes himself from the rest of the brainwashed, dystopian society for he can remember the past and therefore recognizes the flaws of the ruling Inner Party. However, he struggles to remain true to his opposition of the Party and finds himself following his fellow citizens. Similarly, in his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel shares his journey through concentration camps where pressure from guards and fellow prisoners impacts his inner compass. These literary works along with modern life experiences lead me to believe that motivation comes more from public influence than one’s own morals. Throughout his novel 1984, Orwell proves that motivation emerges from public influence.
Within Lahiri’s Novel ‘The Namesake’, the protagonist, Gogol lives an Americanised lifestyle where he becomes accustomed to understanding their culture. Both Gogol’s parents, Ashoke and Ashima, are reserved, traditional Indian citizens who abide closely by Indian traditions. The novel follows Gogol’s struggle in classifying his identity and belonging. Particularly within this extract, Gogol is revealed to be deliberately oppositional toward his parents as his emotions of isolation arise from his inability to relate to them. He feels indifferent toward his Indian heritage and persistently self depreciates himself for being apart of a migrant family who form a Bengali community purely based on the fact they share common backgrounds.
A Postcolonial view of A Passage to India "But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge into something else". ( CH.8.P.83) A Passage to India is a novel that is written by the English author Edward Morgan Forster. The novel represents the relationship between the British and the Indians in India especially, in Chandrapore that sets in the colonial space. There are many situations where there are many differences in representing the British and the Indians in this city. The novel describes the setting of the place that is Chandrapore, which is a fictional city that is chosen because it represents different cultures and religions.
The House of Blue Mangoes covers three generations of Dorai men who live in the southern village of Chevathar as they struggle to find their place in India as it morphs from a passive British colony to an independent state. Davidar tells how the events of twentieth century India affected ordinary, somewhat well off families. He depicts the rural society of India from British rule to independence by providing the background of social and political factors of Indian village life. It gives a lot of insight into the lives of rural people at that point of time. It also describes their belief system, the caste divides and the politics of caste and religion.
R. K. Narayan carefully weaves the major themes of post-colonization changes within India, the height of political turmoil and the incoherence within the nation together in this story of a few typical school boys who are ignorant and unaware of the much wider world around them. Malgudi is a beautifully crafted place where the people of many differences and struggles of their own live together. Swaminathan and his friends together represent this diversity of Malgudi. Narayan depicts the affects of post-colonization by intermixing of the English culture within the Hindu community of South India. Swaminathan, Somu, Mani and Sankar are all friends each with a different character and good at different things.