Holden’s struggles during the novel, “The Catcher In The Rye,” he figures out the true loss of innocence lost in becoming an adult and the struggle to be one and Holden struggling to be the catcher in the rye to catch kids from losing adulthood. His relationship struggles are his key factors which makes Holden who he truly
In the novel The Catcher In The Rye, by JD Salinger, Holden struggles with the idea of adulthood. He thinks of it as a very phony and painful world. Salinger sends the message that growing up is very painful and phony and that the young should be saved from this complex aspect of life. Growing up is a very complex idea. Not everyone wants to go through it’s process, especially Holden.
In contrast, George and Hazel in the short story cannot even identify the obstacle that they are facing with their lives. This is evident when Hazel suggests George take his bad down, he refuses by saying that when “[people] get away with it, and pretty soon [they’d be right back to the dark ages again,” and Hazel agreed. Sadly, they are so passionate about “equality”, that they are blind about that fact that they are suffering. In conclusion, both “”Warren Pryor” and “Harrison Bergeron” illustrate the danger of overly controlling humanity. Both texts discuss the barrier of stifling humanity, however, in the poem the narrator decides to suffer under his parents’ expectation, where in the short story the speakers are blind about the barrier that they are
Thus, explaining, he is not fully ready to be an adult and that he is not fully ready to leave his childhood either. Putting this memory before Holden crosses the street is very important as he is constantly reminded of his childhood while crossing. This shows up twice as he calls out to his deceased brother, a big part of his childhood, and experiences fear
We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye. Why does he have this fear? Shouldn’t someone who acts tough and often brags know that they will never become a phony? The answer would be yes if Holden wasn’t so insecure. Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person.
The narrator kills Doodle indirectly, as a consequence of the lack of knowledge he has about Doodle’s medical issues, and as said before, being enveloped in pride. After Doodle dies alone in the storm, the reader grasps the “true love” the narrator had for him, which he never expressed toward his younger brother. In the closing paragraph, the narrator reveals his “true love” that was hidden inside him, “ I began to weep, and the tear-blurred vision in red before me looked very familiar. ‘Doodle!’ I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his. For a long long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain” (604).
The Scarlet Ibis How did Doodle die? Why did Doodle die? Was it his Brother? Doodle was born a disabled kid who was loved by everybody in his family except his brother (The narrator of this story). The narrator wished for a perfect brother that his would be able to do things with but when he wasn’t given that it caused him to do things that no brother should ever do or think about doing to his younger brother.
The work, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst is a realistic nonfiction short story. In this work, a boy Doodle is born with major disabilities, and his brother (the narrator) is ashamed of him. However, he also loves him. Doodle cannot walk, but the narrator teaches him, and goes further into the “net of expectation” and pushes his brother too far. Eventually, Doodle dies tragically in a storm, and his dead body resembles a scarlet ibis that has made an appearance in the story before.
Throughout the text Wolff constantly ‘assumed a new pose’. He would always alter his thoughts on himself. He had ‘dreams of transformations’ he didn’t want to ‘the same boy he’d been before’. Although Wolff wanted all this to become of him, he was constantly prevented from this due to his rough surroundings. His friend Taylor and Silver were a bad influence on Wolff.
The Chosen demonstrates this principle through Reuven and Danny’s struggles with career expectations contrary to their own career aspirations. Reuven understands that one cannot be happy working in an undesired career when he asks Danny how he can spend his life doing something he despises (Potok 121). Danny is unsure how to answer the question, considering he is already miserable just thinking about his possible future as serving as a rabbi over the Hasidim. This principle is also demonstrated when Danny is forced to study experimental psychology as opposed to Freudian psychology, for Danny hated experimental psychology with a burning passion and found it meaningless (Potok 317), so spending large amounts of time studying it made him miserable and bitter. Reuven also felt the effects of this principle of career-choice when he made the very impressive display of skill in reconstructing Talmudic texts in Rav Gershenson’s class (Potok 350).