The novel begins when Holden is expelled from the prestigious Pencey Prep High School, and then, without telling his parents, he roams the streets of New York, confronting the adult world while searching for a friend. This search for friendship leads Holden to see the dark side of humanity and reveals his own hypocrisy. His struggles, however insignificant, are decidedly human and his opinions fluid and flawed. Holden's desperate tone makes him an unreliable yet powerful narrator as he lies to himself and others in order to decrease his loneliness, showing the dark side of humanity. Holden’s desperation leads him to make a fool of himself as he attempts to relieve his loneliness.
Holden a pretty privileged young man at home and at pencey prep seems to have the ideal life. He is trying to find meaning in his life but the “phoniness” around him keeps him depressed. Due to the death of his little brother and his past experiences he is able to see more flaws in society compared to the average teenager. He never seems to accept that everyone has flaws including him. If poor Holden isn’t able to
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a novel written by Stephan Chbosky set in the early nineteen-nineties. It follows Charlie, the main character and narrator, his friends and family through a tough time in their lives. Chbosky may be implying throughout the novel that there are negative effects to: mental illness, embracing sexuality at a young age, and drug dependencies. There are several examples of each throughout the novel. Mental illness seems to be one large theme in the novel.
She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
The Catcher in the Rye is the narrative of a teenage boy named Holden Caulfield, and his recollection of the events that lead up to his mental decline. Throughout the novel, Holden focuses on the “phoniness” of the people around him. In one example, Holden recalls a mishap that occurs with his roommate at Elkton Hills, one ofthe many boarding schools he has attended. His roommate, Dick Sagle, feels insecure that he is not able to afford the nice things that Holden has, such as his suitcases. His insecurity about the issue causes him to act begrudging and resentful towards Holden.
The most significant episode in the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, that fully defines Holden Caulfield is when Holden leaves early form Pencey to go to New York, but it’s his actions throughout the journey when traveling from Pency to the Edmont Hotel is what defines him. Throughout the novel, we understand that Holden is going through an emotional breakdown, however, Holden never comments on it directly. But who is Holden really, what can cause for him to have an emotional breakdown? Holden is a detached young boy who is harboring his feelings of disenchantment and confinement, a young boy who deflects attention from himself, and a young boy who is shameful of the idea of sex. “I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddamn voice, “Sleep tight, ya morons!”” (29.2).
Giovanni's Room focuses the story of David, an American who has been trying to escape his own homosexuality from a difficult experience of youth. That night, the narrator describes as the most terrible of his life dedicated to narrate some remote events, such as his first affair and the relationship with his father. This story is set in the 50s. David is a man of middle class that feels cornered by his father expectations, like everyone else, in which a child becomes a man , get a wife, and make a family. David was not clear whether it mattered or not, and ran away from the family in search of freedom.
Phonyphobia? Is someone afraid of phony people a phonyphobic? In the novel the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, a teenager named Holden struggles with the interaction between most other people because he believes that they are phony. This novel takes place in the 1950’s which were very different times comparing to present day.
It is the “phoniness” he wants to blame. Salinger used “phony” this word many times in the book and is one of the most famous word from “The Catcher in the Rye” and it accurately describes the human nature of most adults’. During Holden’s three-day-trip in New York, he has met and encountered with many characters who are pretentious and fake, from Mr. Spencer to Luce and Sally. In society people have to lie or be “phony” just to socialize, or impress someone. Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself.
Holden is very young when he loses his brother, which could be the reason he does not know how to deal with the situation correctly. Throughout the novel, Holden continues to think about Allie. For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129).
He knows that he is not a good man. He believes that the punishment he has received didn’t fit his crime. The Misfit also believes that the world would be better off if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead. When the grandmother and him were talking about religion he Although he is not a good man, he does feels a bit of compassion for the grandmother when Bailey makes her cry, he says “Lady… don’t you get upset. Sometimes a man says things he don’t mean.