He explains that adults are inevitably phonies, and, what’s worse, they can’t see their own phoniness. Phoniness, for Holden, stands as an emblem of everything that’s wrong in the world around him and provides an excuse for him to withdraw into his cynical isolation, a defense mechanism to help him deal with his loneliness. Holden expends much of his energy searching for phoniness in others, yet at the same time, while he is a self-admitted compulsive liar, he never acknowledges his own phoniness. This is not only ironic, but hypocritical, since phoniness is what Holden claims to detest more than anything else in the world. Holden is further hypocritical because while decrying the abhorrent nature of adulthood, he spends much of his energy trying to behave like an adult, as evidenced by his actions such as hiring a prostitute, spending money
With his good intentions and smart thoughts, it made the other biguns feel inferior. As Piggy tried to state ways that could organize their ‘society’, the others would just tell him to be quiet. As the others would bully him, he’d always rely on Ralph to back him up which didn’t happen all the time. His character wasn’t very fit for survival on a deserted island, which made him complain more than the other boys did. As he followed the others up the mountain to the fire, he would continuously complain about his asthma and how he was tired.
He doesn't abide by society's rules and he certainly does not follow his own rules, seeing that he tends to make them up as he goes along. This forces Holden to act on impulse at times. It is this type of behavior that makes it difficult for people to tolerate Holden or even befriend him. It is also the reason he finds himself lonely very often. ~Throughout the novel the reader witnesses several situations where Holden acted out on pure impulse.
In the novel apart from George, no one else really cares for Lennie. He shows us how the characters feel and act towards Lennie as a character. Lennie, along with Curley’s wife, candy and crooks are considered to be the weaker characters in the novel and when they meet in chapter four in the stable house all the other weak characters reject lennie for his child like nature and his simplemindedness. Lennie tries to do his role in helping him and George fulfill their American dream but no matter how hard he tries, he only causes disasters. It also relates to that time in America, when everyone wants to have their “American Dream” but it’s actually really
In the novel, Holden often mentions how he's “lonesome”. He always thinks of calling people when he is alone, such as when he left Pencey and the first thing he did was go to a phone booth, but almost never ends up doing so. This may be because when he does try to socialize, people are ungrateful towards him, such as when he wrote Stradlater's composition and Stradlater ended up hitting him. Holden spends a lot of time in the novel thinking about sex and trying to lose his virginity. Something that stops him from actually having sex is his high regard for women's boundaries, like when he always stops when they say “stop” even though they might not actually mean it, and when he dislikes Stradlater for taking advantage of girls.
If you’ve ever been lonely, isolated, or alienated you know it’s not the best feeling in the world. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger refers to the isolation of one individual, seventeen year old Holden Caulfield, from the rest of the world through tensions between the desire to observe, judge, and alienate with the need to meet, converse, and connect. Holden isolates himself personally, by alienating himself, socially, by judging the few people who are his “friends”, and mentally, by observing others actions as a way to stop being depressed, throughout the text. No matter what form it comes in, or how it comes about, isolation is a personal choice and can be broken if the individual so chooses.
Most of him in the novel, he is a liar who always says the things that don't make sense. But he is a young boy, he has some problem with other things, and that also made him to be unrealistic, too. Holden has had broken relationships with male role models mostly with his father. This is one of the reason why Holden became unrealistic. Holden thinks the "people never notice anything" and attempt to separate himself from everything else(p.9).
Meursault and Holden aren't the greatest with other people. Which is why I want to argue why alienating themselves causes problems when it comes to socializing with other people. Holden has trouble seeing what other people see. He views life completely
It shows that Nick isn’t cautious and he gets distracted without thinking thoroughly about the consequences. He made an effort to try to leave, but somehow he kept on getting distracted, and couldn’t resist the temptation. “but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back as if with ropes, into my chair.” (pg. 35) As a narrator Nick has to have a strong mind, he shouldn’t get distracted and he should be independent. A narrator should be wise, and they should stand up for themselves, letting readers notice that they are wise.
The novel Lord of the Flies portrays an imbalance of power between characters, like Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Throughout the novel, Jack and Ralph are constantly against Piggy because they believe they have a greater sense of authority. Piggy genuinely tries to help and give ideas but is always shut down because of the great imbalance of power between the boys. Jack additionally has no regard for Piggy's entitlement to speak and his tribe feels that anything Piggy says is humorous; they ponder "what amusing thing he may need to say.” Bullies most often tend to pick on the weaker children with poor self esteem or no way of defending themselves, thereby giving themselves more