In this story, Thomas is the one who is othered. He is othered by the others on the reservations. He had been othered since he was younger. People wanted nothing to do with him. One example is when the author says “Thomas was a storyteller that nobody wanted to listen to.” (Alexie, 1994, para 16) The othering did not stop as he got older.
In saying this however, Holden is often recognised as a phony himself such as when he gives himself the identity of Rudolf Shmidt on the train or when he refuses sexual opportunities despite always thinking, questioning and desiring sex e.g. lying to Sunny the prostitute about having a “clavichord injury” to avoid having sex. He also contradicts himself by having a strong desire for innocence and an immature mind, yet undertakes adult activities e.g. drinking & smoking. * Through his personal insecurities and rough past (such Allie’s death, flunking a number of schools and losing valued relationships) Holden explores self hatred/disappointment and in turn presents a phony persona to hide his flaws.
“ This day I ceased to plead…My eyes were open and I was alone-terribly alone in a world without God…without love or mercy” (Wiesel,65). This quote shows Elie beginning to lose his faith, and therefore his hope. He has suffered so much that he has stopped trying to escape the darkness, he has embraced it. As a result of this tumultuous time in his life, Elie is forever changed. He says "The night was gone.
He never knew his mother and rarely sees his father, with whom he has no relationship. It is when Huck finally leaves the widow’s and lives with his “Pap” that he realizes his call to adventure. Campbell says that the hero’s call to adventure may be internal or external to which he may willingly or reluctantly accept. In the case of Huck Finn his call to adventure was the fact that his father was getting a little to comfortable whipping him. “But by and by Pap got too handy with his hick’ry, and I couldn’t stand it.
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.
Lennie, being mentally slow, gets himself and George into trouble countlessly causing them to run from place to place in an attempt to escape the repercussions of Lennie’s actions. On page 11, George tells Lennie the trouble he causes; “ ‘You can’t even keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep me shovin’ all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in trouble.
If you start to question your faith and mess with the devil, you will surely lose. Goodman Brown fought an internal war with his faith and eventually lost to evil. It also shows that how everyone is not as they seem. People always do thing out of the eyes of others and can have different purposes and beliefs than what appears at first glance. Goodman Brown has learned the hard way about dabbling with the devil and will now forever be in question with his
He always had some resolves like this or something’”(173). Gatsby works and works for his wealth, his whole life spent in a quest for monetary success and eventually Daisy after “he wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath”(110). And although he has these things for a small amount of time, it is important to look at the situation after Gatsby is killed. One of the most important factors of his funeral is that: “Nobody came”(174). He did not truly make any friends through his wealth, and his money is no use to him now that he is dead.
Holden is in the confusing process of passing from adolescence and innocence to what he feels is a corrupt adult society. Along the way, Holden has trouble finding identity and security as he isolates himself from his society by shutting out the world and criticizing others who he deems "phonies." Because he is so adamant to criticize the world and reject its values and conventions he consequentially isolates himself from people who try to him along the way through this stressful period of
At first, my father was very angry and would say disrespectful things about my mother. In the end, he had no one to turn to, but God. As time passed, I slowly see the improvement in his attitude. For the first time, he did not complain about my mother, and he even admitted his faults and regrets. He also quit gambling.