In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye a teenager, Holden Caulfield, faced many problems at a young age, such as his brother’s, Allie’s, death and being kicked out of schools. As these events occur, Holden is conflicted between choosing childhood and adulthood. However, no one can choose between childhood or adulthood, but Holden feels like he must. The death of his brother leads Holden to believe he should be strong and mature.
When he misses his final exam, his parents talk the school into letting him pass. This is an example as to how excessive his parents are about Crabbe following their dreams. If he did follow everything his parents wanted him to do, he would become a non-independent thinker. Crabbe was becoming depressed for he was not enjoying life. Crabbe was depressed because when his parents planed out his whole life, he did not want to do those things and wanted to portray that he is independent.
Cole is a 15-year old that trusts no one and no one trusts him. He feels like everyone needs to fear him because he thinks that everyone is out to get him. He thinks everyone in his town is against anything he does. He has gone to juvie many times and is just trying to get out of going to real jail. His dad beats him and his mom does not care about him she just cares about her reputation as a wealthy woman.
Doodle’s disabilities affected him from birth so he was not treated equal and his brother wanted him to learn the things he should already know. What prompted Doodle’s brother to help him was embarrassment which over came all of his feelings. Being different was hard for Doodle but at times it was harder for his brother to put up with because, as the narrator states, “Doodle was my brother and he was going to cling to me forever, no matter what I did.”(Hurts 159). Unfortunately Doodle was told he would never live and because of that he was never taught anything as a child. It would take Doodle a long time to learn everything.
Troy Maxson did not have an involved father growing up, which would attribute to why Troy struggles with many problems. When Troy left his family behind and moved to Pittsburgh, he met a girl and had a child with her. However, Troy wasn’t there for his new born son because he was incarcerated during his son’s childhood. According to Rosenberg’s and Wilcox’s research, as Troy did not have an involved father, he was more likely to make trouble in his environment and become a violent person. Another part of the study was about the insecurities and confidence issues children who grow up without involved fathers have.
Holden Caulfield is the main character and narrator, in the novel Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger. He is a teenager (16/17) who refuses to grow up, and is continuously struggling with the fact that life goes on. The novel portrays him as a struggling teen that is stuck right in between the world of innocence, childhood, and the tricky world of adulthood. Holden’s’ two younger siblings Allie, who is no longer alive, and Pheobe are the main interest for him because he sees them as 2 people that are able to be saved from the adulthood and be kept innocent from the adult world. Holden despises the adult world due to the amount of responsibility an adult usually has because he is simply afraid of it.
Holden’s actions are borderline schizophrenic, a mental disorder which affects the way a person thinks and acts, with no bearing on reality. Pained by the loss of his brother, Holden has delusions that if he tells Allie to join him, then he can change the past and be a better brother. Holden relives his past through schizophrenic episodes in attempt to bring his brother back, however, his mind has been exposed to shattering pain and his life will never be the same
The characters is very much interested in reason, as we can see since the beginning of the novel, in which he tells his son that they will not be able to go to the Lighthouse the following day because of the bad weather. Thus, we discover Mr Ramsay is not interested at all in James´s feelings, an attitude that is condemned by his wife, who loathes him because she believes him to have destroyed her son´s feelings, a destruction she believes will last till the end of their child´s life. Mr Ramsay´s superiority lays on his belief that he is intellectually superior than his wife and as such, he necessarily needs to be always right, he needs “to pursue truth with such astonishing lack of consideration for other people’s feelings” and that is, for
Grodie lives in the shadow of his deceased older brother (the only person who supported Gordie and his aspirations), he is invisible to his own mother, and his dad is always judging him. Chris is bullied by his brother and beaten by his father. Vern is bullied by his brother and somewhat overlooked by his friends. Teddy’s father is known as crazy by everyone and he is constantly judged by those who know his parents. Through all this, the boys are still able to function as a group of kids who are just looking for a place to fit in with one another.
He was tempted to tell his dad about it very many times but never did. When he kept thinking about this while he was stranded, it made him feel angry because if the secret wouldn't of happened then he would be home with both of his parents and not fighting to survive. The secret was a big part of the whole situation that he was in. In his worst moments all he could think about was the secret because not only did his mother cheat on his dad, but his dad didn't know about it so when they got divorced his dad had no idea why. He couldn't change the fact of what his mother did but he didn't need to blame it all on her either.