(his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes. Holden’s obsession stems from his fear that he may become a phony one day. So, he spends the book running from adulthood by doing childish things and struggling to keep his life from changing. We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye.
Which is inferred more as the novel continues. Holden’s peregrination to a mental breakdown conveys how the moral ideals that are taught to kids become lost to the hypocrisy of adulthood by the deterioration of innocence and the artificial facade of society. To not seem “phony”, a recurring word in the novel, J.D. Salinger utilizes repetitive dialogue for the main character Holden Caulfield, to show how desperately Holden doesn’t want to seem insincere and fake. He believes that of all of his prep schools he has been too were all “full of phonies” (Catcher in the rye, page 2).
Adolescence is the transitional period of psychological changes that generally occurs during puberty. Although the Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951, when the characteristics of adolescents were not fully acknowledged, Salinger portrays adolescents’ struggle comprehensively. He depicts teenagers’ unstable mindsets through the Catcher in the Rye, especially through his teenaged protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, he uses Holden to convey the immature curiosity, painfulness of the process of growing up for a typical teenagers and adolescents’ view on the adult world. In the Catcher in the Rye, Salinger depicts the immature mentality of typical teenagers through Holden’s childish curiosity.
When reality confronts him, he goes deeper into his desperation and his illusions. Of the many situations that expose Willy to reality, Biff appears to be the most significant. Simply by existing outside of Willy’s “American Dream”, Biff is challenging his father’s false beliefs. Instead of accepting his son, Willy is constantly trying to control and, ultimately, change him. This creates a myriad of negative emotions and frustrations for both of them.
In The Shining the main human body that becomes a source of horror is Jack Torrance. He is a more complicated issue than Regan. In a way, he is already dangerous from the start of the novel. One could argue even before the novel as his violent history such as the breaking of his own child's arm and the beating up of a schoolboy. He seems to be a complicated, human character, neither bad nor good, who struggles with drinking and domestic abuse.
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.
In order to absolutely understand a character, one must spend an arduous amount of time studying it, as there is always more than what meets the eye. Humans are the same quantity of transparent as they are complex, which makes a character with an intricate backstory and personality much more alluring than one that complies to stereotypes. The novel “Dead Ends” by Erin Lange delves into the lives of Billy D, a tough yet tender freshmen with down's syndrome, and Dane Washington, the kind hearted resident bully. This extraordinary novel finds the way to blend humor, friendship and pain, blurring the lines in what the audience believes is someone “bad” and someone “good”. The type of characters our society has learned to hate are the ones to love
If you don't, you feel even worse.” (Salinger 2010: 4) Holden is angry and disappointed with the people around him, but even with this feeling of anger and disappointment towards these people, he wants a good bye from these people. Deep down he wants to know that people acknowledges him, that they care enough to say good bye at least. It would make him feel better if people would at least say good bye to him, whether it is a sad or happy goodbye, any would do. Even though Holden made a mess of his time at Pencey Prep, failing classes, angered his friends from the fencing club, and was asked to leave the school, he does have a few fond memories. Chapter 1: “I suddenly remembered his time, in around October, that I and Robert Tichener and Paul Campbell were chucking a football around, in front of the academic buildings.
He dislikes Auggie and tries to convince the other students that if they touch him, they will develop "The Plague." He bullied Auggie and told most of the grade to isolate him, and Jack Will for becoming friends with Auggie. At the end of the story, Julian's parents take him out of Beecher, as they say they don't feel Beecher Prep is an "inclusion school" and they think Auggie shouldn't have been admitted. Justin: Via's boyfriend. He is somewhat shocked by Auggie's appearance but is very kind to him.
Through the hustle of everyday life, one undergoes life and the struggles that follow. As time passes by, habitual routines develop, and the mind is opened to understanding the difference between an illusion and reality. Yet, once a new conflict arises, it cannot be avoided. Thus, this creates a false reality; which is what lingers in the mind of many characters in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First of all, one of the more notable examples of illusion seen as reality in The Great Gatsby involves the title character himself; Jay Gatsby.