While Holden uses his self-imposed alienation as a defense, he is unaware that it severely damages his well-being. He is closed off and secretive thus he is unconnected to the people around him (ex. his roommates) which is his reason for leaving his previous schools and Pencey Prep. He alienates himself to avoid relationships with people, so in the case of a death (like Allie’s death) Holden is not hurt. Although Holden thinks his self-imposed alienation is helpful, he is wrong.
Bryson Litvay 11-6-11 Ms. Manley Period F Suicide Many people who seem to have a wonderful life are pushed to the point of suicide. Many things lead up to suicide, such as problems with your family or your friends. In The Catcher In the Rye, Holden contemplates suicide due to a couple of reasons. Some of the things that led to his suicidal thoughts were loneliness, depression, and alienation. The first reason that Holden thought about suicide was because of all the loneliness he has to face.
Raymond uses a series of fragmented repetitions to convey the alienation felt by Christina. He states, “Her vivacity was gone…some days she stayed… some days she was gone… no explanation, then or ever.” Her eventual suicide is a result of the accumulated guilt, stress, and lack of acceptance that her lack of fulfillment brings about. In juxtaposition Romulus however is a character whom attempts to overcome the
He also wanted to kill himself because he couldn’t handle it anymore. He was tired of seeing his family suffer from something that wasn’t even his fault. A plan that South El Monte High School has if someone would try to commit suicide is quite hard because they say that every case is unique. They would have to be notified by someone close or a friend at school who they have spoken about committing suicide. If they do try and stop the student from committing suicide they will bring a therapist to help them with their problems, therefore if the student acts crazy they have the authority to hold him in for twenty four hours.
This negativity is expressed in everything he does. For instance when Meursault is convicted he doesn't try to defend himself. He doesn't believe in living and doesn't want to fight for his life. He clearly doesn't care and would rather be taken away from society to alienate himself once again. Meursault and Holden aren't the greatest with other people.
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
Due to these traumatic incidents, both young men continue behave in ways that cause them more grief later in their stories. These series of actions result in alienation from friends and family. Holden and Charlie go through several trials and obstacles due to the lack of a nurturing, safe and supportive environment during the time of posttraumatic healing. A key part of Holden and Charlie's character involves their reaction to death of a loved one Holden faces the loss of his brother Allie, and Charlie faces the loss of his Aunt Helen. The two characters also deal with the deaths of their family members in very different ways.
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
He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (103). Cross was ashamed; he is a leader and was not there for his soldiers. Now he has the burden for a soldier that died at his hands. The last personality trait that First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross demonstrates is bravery.
First, many diseases cause severe pain and suffering, it is cruell to not listen to the patients plea to end their agony. Matthew Donnelly was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer that destroyed him; he lost his nose, his left hand and part of his jaw. All he wanted was to die, however the law didn’t permit it, so he was forced to suffer until his brother shot him to put him out of his misery. No one listened to his cries of pain and there was no way out, the only way was to get someone to shoot him, a much better fate would’ve been euthanization. He would’ve been happier and died how he wanted.