The death of his brother leads Holden to believe he should be strong and mature. When, in all honesty, he is too young to fully comprehend these emotions. This occurs in a number of ways like when he tries to order alcohol at age sixteen, his thoughts that he needs to be ready for sexual relationships (when he is not), and his idea that he knows more than most adults. As the novel continues,
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
Also, in “Looking For Work”, by Soto tells a story about a nine-year old Mexican American boy who isn’t interested in his family’s culture. Coming from experience, there are many ways, I, myself can relate to this. In both stories, both authors depict how parents and culture can influence individuals to become who they are. First, Manning describes a father-son relationship on how they show affection to each other. Manning’s father had a hard time expressing love to him, however, played physical sports to show it.
As children, Adam and Charles play many games, however Charles always has to win. This reaction causes Adam to fear his brother, and leads him to let his brother always win. Throughout his childhood, Adam gives up many opportunities for success, but only because of fear of his brother. By giving up opportunities to feel successful, Adam develops a contentious relationship with Charles. In one instance, Adam and Charles give their father a gift for his birthday, however their father appreciates Adams gift more.
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.
He is struggling to make up his own mind about his beliefs even as his father presses his own strong beliefs onto him. These pressures, from himself and his father, only cause internal disillusion. Reuven quickly picks up on this confusion, “You look like a Hasid, but you don’t sound like one. You don’t sound like what my father says Hasidim are supposed to sound like. You sound almost as if you don’t believe in God
His rebellion against society is not one of hate, rather a rebellion of anger towards those who do not accept him. His teachers and father do not allow Paul to be comfortable in his own skin, forcing Paul to obtain only small windows of happiness.
In the city, it seemed that Charlie could not help getting into trouble in some way or another, and this is largely attributable to the lack of guidance from leaders and mentors available to him. Since they are still maturing both physically and mentally and building the foundation for their future, it is exceptionally important that American Indian youth have people they can look up to as role models while they transition into adulthood (Estrada, 3/8/17). Without such guidance, Charlie does not recognize the value or purpose of his life, and his sketches suggest that he is even contemplating suicide (00:05:00). Recognizing that his life needs to change, Charlie’s mother sends him to stay with her brother on the Navajo Indian Reservation in hopes that he can become better. Not only is the reservation much more rural and less commercialized, as Charlie discovers, life on the reservation is more slowly paced and grounded in traditional beliefs.
However, the brothers continue to avoid the facts, they find it too hard to face up to the dishonesty of their father. Furthermore, the novel continues to point out the theme of loneliness. Adam begins to share a story to his brothers about their father’s infallibility. Suffering from being unable to see the bad in people displays his character flaw. Cathy is expressed as a symbol of evil.
At the beginning of the story the boys are very scared and confused on where they are because this place is a unknown entity they have no clue what could be on the island and how they are going to survive. This is symbolism of human instinct, because when people encounter unknown experiences they start to freak out and make irrational decisions on easy problems with simple solutions. This occurs most in Jack because he wants to be the leader of the group of boys but when Ralph gets leader he tries to sabotage it in different ways by creating more fear and promoting protection of the group from “The beast”. “If you’re hunting sometimes… you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but being hunted”. While Simon is still scared he is not making irrational decisions, he is trying to figure out how to survive and follow orders and creating shelters and fire.