The main characters in this novel are Charles Halloway, his son Will, and Will’s friend, Jim Nightshade. Will and Jim are two thirteen year old boys, born minutes apart at Halloween. Jim is the more outgoing of the two, always in a hurry to do things; never looking before he leaps. Will is more hesitant, and thinks of the consequences of things before he does them. Jim often persuades Will to do things that he doesn’t want to do, although this is more due to Will trying to save Jim from himself.
Holden’s self inflicted isolation contributes to his fear of growing up and his negative attitude toward others and the world around him. The novel opens with the discovery that Holden has been expelled from his current boarding school for unacceptable grades and effort. This is not the first time Holden had been expelled from a school. Holden is fearful of arriving home earlier than expected and copping with his parent’s disappointment. He decides to stay at a hotel in New York City, close to his home, rather than return early from school to face his parents.
The theme of friendship is shown in many cases in this novel, one of the main times is when Ishmael befriends James Scobie, even knowing that it would cause him to be bullied even more. Another time it is shown is near the end of the novel when Ishmaels friend makes plans for him and another boy from the debating team to see a movie and go over to each other’s houses in the holidays. Characters- Some of the distinguishing features about Ishmael are that he speaks like a normal teenage boy, although sometimes he uses words that most kids his age wouldn’t even know the meaning of. One of his main distinguishing features is that he is very shy and afraid to speak up or stand up for himself when confronted by Barry Bagsley, This results on him being picked on even more because the bully knows that he won’t stand up for himself of confront him. Ishmael is a bit of an outcast in the School society, he starts off having no friends but after the arrival of James Scobie and being forced into the debating team.
Buttons Carl Sandburg was born into a Swedish American Family in Galesburg, Illinois in the year 1878. Sandburg did not get the best education as a child since he dropped out of school at the age of 13 to help the family get by (Columbia). When Sandburg was a late teen he experienced war first hand during the Spanish-American war, which most likely had an effect on how he viewed World War I, and why he wrote “Buttons”. After the war Sandburg was educated at Lombard College in his home town. Sandburg has written many famous poems “His verse is vigorous and impressionistic, written without regard for conventional meter and form, in language both simple and noble” (Columbia).
Character Development The Catcher in the Rye follows the story of Holden Caulfield, Holden is a sixteen year old, and who had just recently been expelled due to his academic application and score from his school called Pencey Prep. Holden narrates his story in a cynical/pessimistic and worn-out tone, he appears as a pariah with very few friends. He sees the world in an ugly and two faced way, finding it almost unbearable. At the start of the story Holden refuses to talk about his early life, only mentioning his brother D.B. and hints that he is bitter towards D.B.
When the story begins, Buttercup, who becomes the most beautiful women in the world, is “barely in the top twenty, and that primarily on potential”(37). She only decides that she wants to be beautiful to ensure Westley’slove. To become beautiful, Buttercup undergoes changes that turn her into the stereotypical, idealized woman. She transforms from rude and unkempt to stunning, kind, gentle, and aware of the needs of others. She does, however have flaws, she is not very intelligent, and she sacrifices her love in favor of life twice; when Prince Humperdinck proposes, with the alternative being death, marriage, and when he threatens Buttercup’s and Westley’s lives again outside the Fire Swamp.
J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", published in 1951, is his best piece of work. The story is about a sixteen-year old young man by the name of Holden Caulfield. Holden is being expelled from Pency Prep and decides to leave three days early. He chooses to not go home, enabling his parents to receive the letter that his dean at Pency Prep wrote to his parents about his expulsion. Holden chooses to hang around in New York until Wednesday, when he is going to be able to return home.
Ellie says “He was wild and outrageous. He didn’t care what he did or what anyone thought…” Homer always seemed to be in trouble. Halfway through the novel we start to see Homer changing into the leader of the group. Ellie says “It’s hard to think that this fast-thinking guy ‘Homer’ was once hardly even trusted to hand out the books at school.” At the end of the novel we find Homer being the commander of the group, devising plans and giving people orders. Ellie says about Homer’s latest plan to blow up a bridge in Wirrawee to stop enemy movements, “It was a high risk plan, but a brilliant one.” From start to finish in the novel Homer grows into a trusted, responsible leader who is very mature and quick thinking.
Topic: My thoughts and concerns about Holden Caulfield. Holden Caufield was a high school student at a boy's academy called Pency Prep. He feels as though he had fought the world and lost, everyone is against him and that little can bring him joy. He had lost his innocence, and saw himself as a "catcher in the rye", trying to save children from his fate. Holden is quite peculiar.
CHAPTER 1 The narrator of chapter 1 is John, who will alternate chapters with Lorraine. He declares immediately his dislike for school, but indicates that if not for this dislike, he and Lorraine would never have met Angelo Pignati, nicknamed the Pigman. John shows us his extreme dislike for school by detailing his behavior there. He had been dubbed the Bathroom Bomber because he set off bombs in the men’s room. The time between his lighting the fuse and the explosion was about eight minutes, so John could hear it anywhere he was in the building, which brought him great satisfaction.