In this excerpt from the beginning of the novel called The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield speaks to his psychologist about his deceased younger brother. Salinger includes this quote from Holden in order to offer the reader some understanding of his actions and attitude throughout the book, and it also enforces the thought that Holden is a character struggling with teen grief, misunderstood by his parents and the peers around him. In this quote, he seems to be lost in thought of the detail of his younger brother's baseball mitt, even remembering the "green ink" (Salinger) that was used on it. Because of this, readers can infer that Holden has spent much time with this mitt and that such an object has a great amount of sentimental value to him because it was a possession of a person that he cared greatly about. However, despite his pain, Holden does not allow himself to process his grief properly; he instead puts up a sort of facade of passiveness towards the death of younger brother.
“Under the Influence” by Scott Russel Sanders is a personal essay about Sanders’ father and specifically, his alcoholism. As the title of the essay suggests, his father is under the influence of alcohol, but this essay will argue that Scott Sanders is under the influence of his father. Sanders uses the structure of the personal essay to reflect on how his childhood was negatively impacted by his father, and to reveal to himself how his childhood affects his present adulthood. Sanders writes that “the story ends” for his father but that “the story continues” for his siblings, his mother, and most significantly, for himself. (Sanders 733).
Explanation: This is an important way the author uses imagery to convey a key event in the story because in this quote Elie’s father is dealt a fateful blow that leads to his death. This relates to the theme of family because of his fathers death, but also because the last word that Elie’s father said was his name. This leads me to the conclusion that in times of death, the most important thing is family. Evidence (and page number): “He began beating him with an iron bar. At first, my father simply doubled over under the blows, but then he seemed to break in two like an old tree struck by lightning.
In the graphic novel Maus II, the protagonist, Artie stays at his father’s house and asks him to recall his time at the Holocaust for his book. Vladek is a caring father who is sometimes a bit too much to handle. As he recalls his life during World War II and the Holocaust, Artie must decide whether it is more important to get his story, or if he can actually survive staying with his father. Vladek wants what is best for his son, but it always seems like the whole family is lost. Vladek lost his wife and firstborn, while Art lost his mother and a brother he had never met.
The story " The Scarlet Ibis " by James Hurst starts with a young boy becoming a big brother. When his younger brother became old enough to walk but it turned out the he couldn 't walk so, he teaches him how to walk and in the end it becomes one of the reasons he dies. So, who is responsible for his death his older brother is is responsible for the death of Doodle his younger brother. How Doodle 's older brother is responsible for his death: his brother didn 't put thought into his condition, he didn 't think about his brothers feelings, and he only thought about himself.
When watching one of Paul’s shows, Dunstable notes that while his tricks are “all classics from the past”, the way he executes them is unique. (193). Last, Dunstable detaches himself from his biological parents and instead clings to Paul’s mother, Mary. Initially, it is mostly his guilt that leads him to care for Mary, as he felt responsible for her condition.
Analysis of Holden Caulfield In United States millions are diagnosed with a mental disorder ranging from minor to damaging effects on the human mind. During my meeting with Holden Caulfield his father has provided me information on his son. In addition, from my first meeting with Holden he sounded like a man who was unstable, like he said “When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think” (Caulfield, 49). These direct words from Mr. Caulfield presents me with a feeling that Holden is feeling detachment from his life and feeling worthlessness.
By constructing lists of people, foods, books, and musicians that bring him happiness, Junior finds a unique way to grieve for his losses. He reflects, “I keep writing and rewriting, drawing and redrawing, and rethinking and revising and reediting. It became my grieving ceremony” (Alexie 178). Junior’s ceremony forms hope out of a bitter misery surrounding him. In this adaptation, Junior confronts sorrow with the positivity of his disposition and strength of his character.
Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
On page “347” Doodles brother was ashamed of having a crippled brother. His brother also left him in the rain when doodle had tripped and fell. His druther didn 't turn around and help doodle. These are a couple of reasons why i think doodle died because of his brother. I also believe that doodle 's brother killed him because, on page “345” his brother had plans to smother doodle in his sleep.
You can see this with Elies reaction to his father 's death, Elie 's relationship with his father throughout the story, and other sons reactions to their fathers bad state of health. Elie’s dad dying did not have a huge toll on him. The quote, “Free at last,” (pg 112) shows that he was happy he did not have to care for his dad anymore. Furthermore, Elie also said, “I no longer thought of my dad.”
Kiowa’s death was touched upon in several stories, but the insight given to the reader of First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s perspective in “In the Field,” is a primary example of this. Jimmy Cross has to write a letter to Kiowa’s father concerning Kiowa’s death and he has to consider the manner in which he will write the letter. He starts off by “just saying what a fine soldier Kiowa had been, what a fine human being, and how he was the kind of son that any father could be proud of forever.” (164) Then he decides: “In the letter to Kiowa’s father he would apologize point-blank.
“Mainly I remember arguing with him… and being told that I couldn’t do anything as well as he could,” Art tells his therapist. “No matter what I accomplish, it doesn’t seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz” (Spiegelman, “Maus II” 44). Learning about Vladek in Maus and the experiences that made him who he was, it’s easy to understand the strained relationships that Vladek had with his son and second wife. Maus I and II are infamous graphic books written by Art Spiegelman that draw out the story of Vladek living through the Holocaust. In the book, Vladek tells his stories to his son, explaining not only his life, but of the life of his friends and family, and the life of others living through the Holocaust and World War II.
“Treasure” Writing Assignment Do you believe that treasure is something meaningful and personal to yourself or is it simply just money or gold? I agree with the claim that treasure is something valuable and personal, and that it doesn’t necessarily have to be money or gold in the story, “The Treasure Of Lemon Brown”. I believe that treasure can come in any, way, shape, or form. Lemon Brown, Greg, and Greg’s father all help portray and define the meaning of “treasure” throughout the story.
To what extent does someone's culture inform the way they view that world and others? I think that culture consistently informs the way people view the world and others. Let's hope that everyone is supportive of their culture. In the short story, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Maggie is a great example of someone that support her culture and informs the way that she sees the world and others.