I could never please him.” (Hinton, 13) This quote shows that Ponyboy dislikes Darry with a feeling of rejection. There is evidence supporting the fact that Ponyboy and Darry dislike each other. This is shown when Darry is too strict and demanding, when Ponyboy runs away, when Darry slaps Ponyboy, and when both brothers yell and argue. Negative family members, such as Darry, influenced the actions of our characters. This is shown when Ponyboy runs away due to the physical violence of his brother, Darrel Curtis.
Ponyboy learns from Randy Adderson, a Soc who is trapped by stereotype threat, that their lives are not as perfect as he expected it to be and they too face problems. In addition, Ponyboy tries to act tough and fit in with the rest of gang, but his Greaser companions, such as Two-Bit Matthews, teach him to embrace his own characteristics which sets him apart from
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 boys immaturity of living in the fantasy results in frivolous behavior throughout the start of the book. In the beginning, Ralph tries to establish order by letting the boys vote on rules and on him being chief. As chief, Ralph constantly micromanages the group of boys in order to sustain his power. When things don’t exactly go his way he tries to belittle the boys by reminding them that “[He is] chief..” and of the fact that they voted for him(23). Also, when the littluns (younger boys) start the rumor of a possible terrifying creature, Ralph gets angered and tries to prove his dominance by asserting that “‘..there isn’t a beast!’”(37).
Elie’s feelings change about his father countless times. He loves his father but he doesn’t really want him around anymore. This theme is not only important to the book, but it is important to life. Family will forever be complex, and navigating it can be harder, but Wiesel showed it was possible by illustrating to readers that there will always be good and bad times, it shows the internal conflict about whether he wants his father around or not, and it illustrates the dehumanization that broke the connection between Elie and his father. Most everyone loves their family, or they at least have someone, but at times, people need a break from them.
Empathy, a value Atticus’s teachings are fundamentally based is the one value that seems to trouble Scout at the beginning of the book along with racism. (Lee pg:148) Fighting shows how immature and small minded a person is, Atticus is greatly against physical confrontation we know that because he even went ahead and said, “ I try my best to love everybody,” a value that he tries to pass down to his kids. (Lee pg:179) But Scout doesn’t seem to recognize that fighting isn’t the smart choice because she gets into fights quite frequently, sometimes without understanding what they were saying or fully knowing the phrases and what they meant, Scout troubled asked, “Atticus, what exactly is a nigger-lover?”(Lee pg:178). A topic she got into fights multiple times. She jumped on her younger cousin, Francis because he called her a nigger-lover.
This goes against Darry’s main perspective on life, to appreciate what you have and by Pony having a high level of intelligence and not using it, is a waste- according to Darry’s standards. This proves how he gets upset when somebody doesn’t follow his perspective on life. This shows as well he wants his brothers to do as he did and work to get what they want to have, or they should be able to have. He wants his brothers, especially Pony, to get what he didn’t because he knows Pony has the ability and the intelligence to do so. In conclusion, Darry’s perspective on life is to be successful, you must work hard for what you have and to keep what you have, you must work hard too.
He tries to teach him to be tough because that’s how he knew to grow up. He’s Always talking about facing the devil, symbolizing his dad. Since troy doesn’t know how to love properly, or be loyal, he isn’t loyal to rose. He’s selfish in thinking that he deserves more than rose does. He looks for happiness in another female because he thinks he’s fulfilling his duty of being a man because he provided materials to his family.
You see an ass’s head like yours, do you?... I see their game. This is to make an ass of me, to frighten me, if they can! But I won’t move from this place, however hard they try” (Act THREE Scene 1 line 106-111). This shows even though Bottom is foolish to not trust his mates, Oberon shouldn’t be so capricious to turn Bottom’s head into an ass when he barely knows him, just because he dislikes him.
Willy Loman and Walter Lee Younger are two different people, in two different worlds with almost the same type of problems. The struggles between the Younger and Lomans is quite a twist for some people but if given a chance can be unraveled to see how much love and care is actually put into the meaning of family. First is Willy and how his life is being changed by his memory and struggle to keep up on payments. Second is Walter struggling with his drinking problem and trying to keep his temper in check to tell a certain white man to leave and that they are keeping the house they bought. Lastly is the difference in their struggles that they have to face in order to survive and handle in order to keep their family together.