* 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. He even admits that he probably
His life is a web of lies and deceit in some form or another and the reader is set up to view Amir negatively. 1. * Amir’s inability to accept accountability or own up to his ‘past’ reaffirms his weakness in character. * Spends most of his life escaping the sins of his past which leads him to shame himself and with hold secrets. * Ultimate sin was the betrayal of Hassan, letting him get raped, then displacing Ali and Hassan from their home with Baba.
These characters are all discriminated against because of their disadvantage. Eg: Candy is discriminated because of his disability and also his age, as he said himself, ‘I ain’t much good with on’y one hand’ (p59) and he knows that the boss will fire him ‘as soon as I can’t swamp out no bunkhouses’ (p60). Ex: Candy is disabled; he lost his hand so he works as a swamper, and as he gets old, he becomes less and less productive, and eventually gets fired. This is foreshadowed by the death of his dog, his companion, being killed by Carlson because he is old and useless. This fear of being lonely after being fired ultimately leads him to join George and Lennie’s dream of owning a piece of land.
In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton there are two groups that could both be considered menaces to society. The Socs are more of a menace to society. Some say however, that the Greasers are more of a menace to society because of the way they look. The Socs are more of a menace to society because they make unprivileged peoples life distressing and hurt the Greasers both physically and mentally.
Grendel adapted because of the way he was treated by society which ultimately led to his destructive behavior. He wasn’t given a chance to conform to society because he was judged. His aggression was due to jealousy and loneliness. Grendel will always be seen as a monster because he comes from that culture. A world full of monsters, hate, violence, and evil.
Cal The antagonist is Cal. Cal is clearly the opposing character. He may seem as is if he is the victim, but all he does is deliberately attack Andre’s mother not understanding her situation and position. According to the play, Cal states “How many of us don’t want to hurt our mothers and live in mortal terror of their disapproval. Our lives aren’t furtive, just our feelings towards people like you” (50).
These kids only think of themselves as they bully and “put down” Sue and her “boyfriend”, as they try to glorify themselves. In the end, as they bully Sue they get “put in their place” by Walt. The fact that this gang is purely a bunch of bigoted ingrates that think too much of themselves is shown by their actions. Thao and sues grandmother is another character that fails to consider others. She shows she doesn’t have respect when she insults Walt in her own language.
Nwoye is improvident and dilatory with his activities, and Okonkwo disgusts him acting what his shameful father did. Because of persistent beating and scolding, Nwoye is locked up by his own will and mind. Okonkwo thinks that Nwoye is effeminate and not independent enough to stand by his own will and become a man. “I will not have a son who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan. I would sooner strangle him with my own hands”(33).
It is not difficult to find it is these personalities; inferiority, jealousy, and desire for true love that makes his love pathetic and wretched. During the phantom's childhood, nobody wanted to get along with him. Adults thought he was a devil which brought bad luck to them. Children teased him and made a fool of him. His shameful face made his parents hate him and ignore him.
Manhood was then defined as the ability of a man to command his wife’s faithfulness. As Martin Ingram aptly states in Love, Sex and Marriage, “A man whose wife has been unfaithful was portrayed as being sexually inadequate as well as incapable of controlling his household. Many of these men suffered public mockery of “cuckoldry”, a public display of horns, the symbol of cuckoldry, and taunting from the community.” When a man was seen as having horns attached to his head, it also meant a loss of his reputation. This could lead to the man slandering the wife publicly as seen in Much Ado About Nothing in which Claudio slanders Hero at the wedding altar. It could also lead to the husband being overwhelmed with feelings of jealousy and killing the wife to restore his honour as seen in Othello.