The death of Holden 's younger brother Allie has caused him to confuse his perception of reality and to alienate himself. Throughout the novel, the topic of death is reoccurring in Holden 's mind. Whether he 's in school, doing homework, or aimlessly walking around New York City, Allie 's presence or lack thereof is always looming. It escalates to the point that Holden is always thinking about his own death, but more more specifically he 's fear of being forgotten: "Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddamn curb, I had this feeling that I 'd never get to the other side of the street. I thought I 'd just go down, down, down and nobody 'd ever see me again.
The Catcher in the Rye In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger writes about a teenager struggling to find his place within the existence of the reality of others. Salinger creates shocking events that lay out the foundation of the the main character Holden Caulfield’s life in the novel. Salinger uses Holden’s characteristics throughout the novel such as Holden’s stubbornness to establish a much bigger theme in the book along with many other symbols. In the paradoxical personality of Holden we discover something much deeper. As Holden makes himself out to be tougher than what he actually is, Salinger introduces stubbornness.
For the beginning on page 6 paragraph 3 or 4 it states “ I ran as fast as I could, leaving him far behind with a wall of rain dividing us.” The reasoning that this is helpful in this case is that when he was afraid and careless he decided to run as fast as he could and as far away as he could make it without realizing his brother was no longer behind him. To add on to the situation on page 6 paragraph 1 or 2 it says “After we had drifted a long way.” So they are saying that Doodle was already drifting apart from his brother and his brother didn 't care for it at all. Lastly on page 6 paragraph 3 or 4 “bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened.” This goes to show how he already knew that he was going to leave Doodle in the dust just like in the beginning when he wanted to smother him in the pillow. After this all happend Brother regrets his life decisions that he and Doodle ever did. In conclusion I hold him accountable for the death of Doodle.
In the midst of the 1950s and 60s in post-war American, it is clearly presented in Tobias Wolff’s memoir, ‘This Boy’s Life, the difficulty in which characters had in finding their true self. The many expectations set by a patriarchal society caused characters to assume a pose of what society expected of them. This obedience to culture pushed undesirable role models towards Wolff, causing his concept of masculinity to be altered and his self confidence in himself to be crushed. In response, Wolff constantly changed his idea of himself to what he desired to be however, his influences never allowed him to truly become it. American society pushed many expectations onto people to follow norms.
His idealized view on the world actually harms him more than helps him deal with his past tragedies. In attempt to distract himself from reality, he runs from anything real. Holden has an internal conflict with his feelings that has yet to be resolved. We have seen throughout the novel that he loves to lie. Even though he knows that it is wrong to lie, he cannot help but create a fantasy word through pretending.
Although Updike and Oates both choose to put the protagonist in danger, they contrasted on whether it was the protagonist 's own fault for being in danger. Both Updike and Oates use similar protagonist problems to build both stories around the struggle of adolescents. In “Where are you going, where have you been?” Connie is obviously a victim of the position she is put in. In “A&P” although Sammy was left without a job, I am left to conclude that this is by his own fault and therefore he is not a victim. Both protagonists were put in situations that caused them harm.
Holden’s Struggle To Find Himself: Throughout the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden struggles to find himself and who he truly is in order to be happy. His struggles relate to many things that he does or say in particular. Holden lacks with a social status with women and his family, whether it’s a relationship or being antisocial. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield experiences the complexities and struggles involved with both physical and emotional relationships.
195) Florence would always question God, as Antonio did. Florence wondered how could there be a God who knows “everything”. Florence dies drowning in the river. Florence’s death really pushed Antonio to his core and actually shook him out of his innocence. When Florence dies Antonio becomes eager and wants to go to his uncle’s place so that he can mature a little bit.
Ala Eddin Saleq makes the point that the “Characters' silence[s] is indicative of their inability to communicate with (each)other, reflect(ing) a recurring theme in Carver's fiction. Often his stories are about discourse itself, ways people communicate or fail to communicate, demonstrating consequences of various modes of discourse” (Sadeq). The silence, like most things in the narrators life, makes him uncomfortable, yet to Robert he seems to be covered with a sense of relaxation and peace, something the narrator longs
Therefore, they are trapped within the social system that gives them life and if they chose to knock down the social door they won’t find much on the other side, only darkness. In conclusion, the novel, The Return of the Soldier encompasses the implications of World War and the severe trauma it has on human mental state. Throughout the novel Rebecca West uses Chris as a flat character yet gives the reader a thorough view experiencing a horrific war. She also depicts one of the major theme throughout the novel, which is alienation through Chris. Even though, Chris’s alienation is directly stemmed from his loss of memory and time, West also reveals that alienation can occur from the social system at birth, which depicts Chris’s
Chris McCandless was a young man who left society behind entirely to fulfill his dream of the Alaskan adventure and escape the reality of life. After burning the last of his money and changing his name to Alexander Supertramp, McCandless migrated throughout the states and unfortunately was immensely unprepared for his journey; he only carried a ten-pound bag of rice, a small rifle, and a tattered road map. Consequently, McCandless dies due to his overconfidence and unpreparedness, which in turn makes everyone curious as to why he embarked on a journey while being so vulnerable. Arguably, Chris McCandless was a noble idealist who wanted abandonment from the falsehood of society and a feel of what nature could give. Chris McCandless wanted to
As controversial as it is, I found The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, captivating and relatable. In the novel, dysfunctional teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles in the world between childhood and adulthood. He divulges little about his childhood or parents in the novel and seems cynical from the start. His relationships fall apart easily and often at due to his own frailty.
Then some consequences that occur was McCandless killing a moose. In a few days, the meat is rotten and overcome by maggots.Even traveling was a problem some times because if he tired he probably can’t walk that far or even when he doesn’t get a ride he sits there for probably a break which he hates because he wants to hurry and make it to Alaska. But that 's a consequence which he needs to deal with for traveling alone going free to do what you want to
So he tried to get to safety as quickly as possible, it was a very desperate attempt. Another example of Tom’s priorities forming into what they should’ve been all along was on page 120. It says how Tom simply crumbled up the paper and shoved it in his pocket, he no longer cared what happened to the paper because while out on that ledge, risking his life. He realized it wasn’t worth it at all and he began to notice what really
He spots a squirrel and also a dead soldier. He flees the 2nd battle because he is scared, its a different vibe, and he has no experience. Henry reacts this way because he 's naturally scared. He is still young and terrified. Imagine you were getting shot at and seeing people die, you would probably run too.