However, even though Holden acts emotionless he does have feelings but expresses them differently. Holden also negatively characterizes people frequently, for example: Holden states that he finds Ackley very annoying and repulsive. However because of his longing for any source of human connection, he eventually befriends him and even asks Ackley to go to the movies with him. Holden is an emotionally unstable person and often finds himself in turmoil with his feelings. On one side Holden’s interest in human interactions drive him to find and build relationships of his own, but on the other hand he uses his alienation as a wall of protection from outside forces.
Ignoring the reality of everyday life and how it works can obsure individuals perspective of the world, which has devastating effects, such as not being able to understand what it best for ones self in life. In ‘Paul’s Case’ by Willa Cather, the protagonist, Paul, experiences these devastating effects. In order to escape the misery of his everyday life, Paul ignores reality and devises an affluent life for himself, however it is these illogical measures that ultimately cause him to make irrational and harsh decisions that prevent him from securing self-fulfillment. Paul’s great misunderstanding about the relationship between work and money cause him to carry out decietful actions that lead to his downfall. Paul strongly believes that he belongs in the
Your perception of an environment can influence your experience of either belonging or not belonging. By Ben experiencing fear and being so bound up by the outside world, he develops this barrier to belonging. He is so convinced that the ‘woolvs’ are out to get him. So he isolates himself away from everything in the world. Spudvilas and Wild have chosen to isolate Ben to portray the idea he is detached and afraid of the world, and through this he doesn’t belong.
However, Edward will not accept by the society because he is so different. This is a wonderful tale about love and kindness, but also about rejection and estrangement. It shows the limits of people's tolerance for what is different from them and how strangers, those who stray from the norm, commonly named 'misfits', awake mockery or fear from a society which will use them and ultimately reject them, thus breaking their innocence and goodness. Though a harsh satire of people's vices, such as deceit, gossip, jealousy, hypocrisy, as well as a tragic witness to the pain and frustration linked to being unable to be accepted as one is by others, the tone is still infused with an ever constant sweetness, gentleness and innocence. The film can be read as a dark, romantic fable for adults, another take on the disparity between the individual and society, on the unique nature of one single character and the horror of conformity.
The Conversation’s absence of sound in many shots represents the ambiguity and absence of the reality in the line “He’d kill us if he had the chance” and the lack of love and emotion in Harry Caul’s life. Sound and speech is incredibly subjective and is very dependent on perspective. For example, screams can often be interpreted in two ways; one being out of fear, and the other being out of excitement. This sort of misconception is extremely similar to that of which occurs in The Conversation. The misinterpretation of the line “He’d kill us if he had the chance” causes an extreme amount of confusion and drama.
This echoes one of the themes of this novel—adolescent confusion on the way to the adult world and the pain of growing up. As what Holden did before, he alienated himself from the outside phony world so as to protect the inner fragile, confused self. He labelled people around him as phonies and morons but it never downed on him that he was also one of the phonies who would flatter someone on mouth but curse him in heart. He didn’t know what he wanted to get from the adult
He expresses great anger with his son. At first, he is in denial but then comes to the realization that this situation was sadly true. Willy in many parts of the play is angry with himself because he views himself as a failure. His life, as we see it, is filled with unfulfilled dreams and self-deceptions. He tends to live too much in his past and let his failures creep up on him and make a mess of him.
This is not always a bad attribute; but, these emotions end up clouding Dave’s mind and cause him to make poor decisions. His bad judgment leads him from one bad situation to another, proving that he is no man. Dave uses many tactics to get what he wants throughout this tale, including manipulation, deception, and when all else fails, taking the coward way out and running away. In the beginning, Dave seems to be a little irritated and upset from the lack of respect he receives from some of the boys around town. What Dave does not understand is that you need to give respect to get respect.
In the first stanza the persona is “haunted” by the postcard sent to him. The negative connotation suggests that the persona has encountered an uncomfortable experience and disturbs him, and he in unable to get rid of his past. His culture will always be waiting for him to establish a connection with it. The negative connotation of “haunt” is ironic because something so small and unsubstantial has a great impact on the persona. The postcard becomes a symbol of how distant his identity is from his culture.
These realizations develop from his lying and deception, his fear of relationships and intimacy, and his self imposed loneliness. Growing up is hard to do. There is no set route and countless decisions to be made which lead to the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unfortunately one cannot have only the good and more often than not has more of the bad and ugly. Holden himself saw the bad and the ugly at a very young age and it is this that makes such an impact on the personality he maintains while telling his story.