Freedom for him will be quite significant he is currently trapped in the same life day in day out trying to survive in these terrible conditions with constant fear for the life of the boy he is protecting. His look for light in the morning fails as the sun has not risen yet as he looks for light it is as if he has looked for hope but not found that either. We know that the boy and the man have been living in these poor conditions for a very long time. `He hadn’t kept a calendar for years’ This line points us even more to an apocalyptic scene as even if he did not keep a calendar himself there are news bulletins, newspapers and technology that tell you without even thinking about it. It becomes clear that these do not exist anymore.
Nick feels ambivalent to Gatsby’s dream as he both admires Gatsby but knows he won’t achieve it. Nick always knew that Gatsby wouldn’t achieve it, he says that “He did not know it was already behind him” basically saying that Gatsby is delusional that his dream isn’t going to happen, and that he would’ve never been able to make it happen. However, Nick admires Gatsby because his determination to achieve his aspirations is
Another flaw which Ethan has is his lack in ability to communicate with the people around him. His final flaw is that Ethan Frome does not stand up for himself and it almost leads to a dire conclusion. Ethan has had many problems throughout his whole life, but his biggest problem was that he married Zeena. From that point on his life has been completely different. From the point where Zeena came into his life to help Ethan out with his parents his life changed.
Holden wants to save kids before they lose their immature nature. Before they grow up and become 'phony'. It makes sense,seeing that he dreads growing up himself. This seems to be the only thing Holden is passionate about, he hates just about everything else. ~This quote just reinforces
These attributes are seen as the keys to happiness and bypassing hard work. He impresses this shallow dream onto his son, Biff. Although Biff is both well liked and attractive, he cannot achieve Willy’s dream and, therefore, becomes disillusioned. This discrepancy between Willy’s dream and reality manifested through Biff enables readers to see its dangerous futility. Although the dream results in Willy’s demise, Biff is able to escape and develop his own dream that is realistically based on true individual happiness instead of superficial qualities.
As Holden grows up to be a young man, he wants to be young again because he values the thought of youth and innocence. He believes that growing up brings phoniness and change. Holden doesn’t like change; he’s not up for changing himself for other people’s approval like most of our society. In chapter 16, Holden states “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move.
However, the fact that the adult society sees through his façade reinforces Holden's alienation from his society. In effect, Holden retaliates by rejecting adulthood and continues to criticize its flaws as he indulges in them. He passes judgment quickly on those that he feels are corrupt and calls them "phony." This only further worsens Holden's situation and even further detaches him from society and help. But how did such a vicious cycle of self-destruction start?
I mean not wait till Wednesday or anything. I just didn’t want to hang around anymore. It made me too sad and lonesome.” (p. 49) As the protagonist suddenly decides to leave his dislikeable school behind, it is quite obvious that he has no real sense of direction in life; his decision is hasty and irresponsible and could be interpreted as an act of sudden desperation. Firstly, this confusion is reflected in Salinger’s description of the main character’s thread of cogitation. In an instant and without a moment’s hesitation, Holden changes his mind from thinking that he ‘might go down and see what old Mal Brossard was doing’ to deciding ‘what [he’d] really do,’ which is to ‘get the hell out of Pencey.’ This gives the impression that Holden is extremely rash in his decisions and that he relies on gut feeling alone to take action.
Although it is very optimistic to have the belief of Leibniz, no one can avoid the suffering that certain events bring. Candide keeps returning to Pangloss’s theory and that theory motivates him throughout his journey. Pessimism challenges the thoughts of Pangloss but Candide stays on path towards his beloved. His goal of reaching Cunegonde is what keeps him thinking positively. Ironically, when he reaches his goal, he becomes extremely disappointed and then dismisses Pangloss’s optimism.
The record symbolizes Holden. He so desperately wants to grow up but with growing up, he doesn’t want to lose his childlike innocence. But in that constant struggle, he ends up shattering himself completely, just like the record. Then in comes Phoebe, saying that she’s going to keep him, even though he’s beyond repair. Another example of her keeping him shows up at the end with the merry go round.