The only motivator that Holden has to continue living is his younger sister, Phoebe, who is extraordinarily intelligent for her age. After he gets kicked out of Pencey, Holden is lost in life. He speaks to many people, seeking advice and comfort, but they are not able to help him find a human connection. Holden’s depression increases throughout the novel, almost to the point of suicide. He criticizes many people and ideas, labeling them as ‘phony’.
The salesman Willy Loman, a major character and one of the main characters of the play is both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story. During the story, Willy is unsuccessful of achieving self-realization. He understand what his job (which is a major element of the play) calls for and what it requires of him, but he is incapable of realizing that he is unable to live up to and prevail with what is required of him, ultimately leading him to being unsuccessful at his job of being a salesman. Willy’s brother Ben, on the other hand, prior to his death was rich and successful due to accidentally stumbling upon a diamond during his travels to Alaska (which is where their father left to abandoning ben and Willy); on his way there he got lost at and ended up in Africa,
The members of the Loman family are living in denial. They have denial towards themselves and others. In the story, I feel that Willy is the main one who is stuck in denial, because of his lost identity, and his pride. For example, Willy’s much loved memory of his son Biff last football game.
Richard Russo’s novel, That Old Cape Magic, illustrates a recurring theme of acceptance of family, despite their iniquities. Jack Griffin, currently in the throes of a mid-life crisis, reflects on his parents’ acrimonious discontent in all facets of their lives. Griffin, with stark introspect, realizes that he has inherited his parents’ pretentious attitudes. Vacationing one month in Cape Cod is the only respite Griffin’s parents get from their miserable lives back in Indiana. Griffin’s quest for happiness begins when he acknowledges why he is who is, allows himself to let go of his childhood pain, and feel grateful for all the good things in his life.
His affair with Rosemary Hoyt ruins his marriage life. In the beginning, he tries to show off his good self by rejecting Rosemary’s advances. He tells her that she is only a child and tries to exhibit fatherly love towards her. But his true sexual desires overpower him; and his mask begins to tear off, revealing his vulnerabilities. It is in this third part of the novel, when he deteriorates morally, psychologically and socially, does he begin to realize that his identity is heavily dependent on the financial affluence of his wife-patient Nicole.
Holden Caulfield and Asher Lev are the two primary protagonists in the books The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. They can relate with each other because they are both impacted by the past. Throughout the book, while Asher remembers his childhood and his parents, Holden retells the story of his life a few months prior to the beginning of the book. Holden tells the cynicism he felt when he was thrust into adulthood all alone and Asher reveals his journey to be an artist.
You expect your life perfect. In comparison in the book “Outsiders” talks about how a 14 year old boy named Ponyboy curtis had struggles in his life with right or wrong society. In “Nothing Gold Can Stay” it talks about how life growing up is not easy, you learn from your mistakes and that is how life is supposed to be. In the “Outsiders” it states that “Ponyboy and his two brothers recently lost their parents in a car accident, that is a struggle for Ponyboy and is two brother because without your parents you don 't know what they do that makes them live, have food, and have nice food, for me it is a struggle for me because without my parents it would be a real struggle for me because I would not know how to do these things that my parents are doing for me and for them
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about the main character, Ponyboy Curtis, who struggles through life and faces reality. There are two groups in this novel the Greasers— the lowest rank in the social class and the Socials— highest rank in the social class. Darry and Sodapop Curtis are Ponyboy's older brothers who, along with being greasers, are adjusting to life on their own after the death of their parents. Darry steps into the responsibility of guardianship, forfeiting college and working to enable the three of them to stay together. Not once does Darry give up on Ponyboy, but instead pushes him to reach his potential— even if he may be a little harsh.
At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is melancholic and in a state of grief, which is not out of the ordinary because he is still mourning the loss of his father. After all, Hamlet was home from college and was growing into a nobleman.
In Arthur Miller’s Play, Death of a Salesman, the dreams of the major characters are the central focus of the entire plot. Throughout the whole play, the Lomans can not seem to find balance. Whether it is Willy, the father, who (wrongly) considers himself a valuable businessman and has dreams to unrealistic standards. Or, Linda, Willy’s wife, who is a very devoted, loyal and caring wife. A wife that knows that Willy has not yet achieved what he wants to be in life
In Sherman Alexie’s story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”, he explores the challenging life of two Native American Indian men named Victor and Thomas on the reservation. The story communicates the childhood memories, relationships, and cultural aspects of Thomas and Victor’s life in Spokane (Indian Reservation). In this story, Victor appeared to be mentally depressed because his father had died just after he lost his job. Although Victor’s father left Victor at very young age, Victor’s genetic pain made him think to travel to Phoenix. However, his poor financial situation left him with no other option than travelling with Thomas, an annoying storyteller and his childhood friend.
In student essay three, Dennis Zevely wrote about a conversation he had with his father. Dennis was stuck in a rut and had no idea how he could change his situation. Constantly exhausted, he was working a full time, dead end job that he hated. His father told him about how happy he was to have had his wife, children, and house. His only regret was not having finished school.
Willy Loman was a loving husband, good friend and most importantly, an amazing father. Regret fills my heart to the brim, the only thought that keeps running through my mind is what if I would’ve been there for my father. I wish the last words I spoke to my father were different and the last things I did to change my father were different. Willy’s decision to take his own life is both incomprehensible and confusing. Perhaps Willy’s priorities seemed to have shifted out of place as the years went on.
It is not, nor it cannot come to good. / But break my heart…” (Shakespeare, I, II, 161-164), Hamlet demonstrates his disgust and consternation at how quickly his mother remarried to his own uncle, and, he immediately predicts that it will not end well for his family. In a like manner, in Ordinary People, Conrad’s family falls apart at the lack of each other’s support. An exceptional example which demonstrates this is, “We are a family aren’t we?
Act I opens in Willy Loman’s house in Brooklyn. Willy, a traveling salesman at 63 years of age, is exhausted after years of traveling. He has yet to reach a level of success that would allow him to stop traveling and afford the household bills that always seem to swallow his diminishing wages. The audience learns that Willy’s grown son, Biff, returned home to visit and come to know Willy’s character as he complains to his wife Linda about his disappointment in Biff’s failure to find a steady, serious job. Willy is tired, confused, and argumentative, but he loves his son and tried to conform Biff into an enthusiastic, optimistic and confident salesman.