“Paul’s Case” is about a young boy named Paul, who is miserable with both his home life and his school life. Paul shows his happiest times when he is at Carnegie Hall, working as an usher; whereas here, Paul daydreams a great deal about the performers in front of him and how he wants their lavish lifestyle that results in failure of his school life. Once his father, a single parent, discovered his behavior, he forces him to quit working at Carnegie Hall, apologize to his teachers and go work elsewhere. Paul’s father spends his time setting a good example for him, not realizing that he is pushing Paul away when he constantly keeps pressuring his son to follow a neighbor of theirs for he believes that he would be a good role model for Paul. Paul’s teachers are also giving up on him, saying that he is nothing but impolite and a disturbance in class.
After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way. J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up. Holden Caulfield’s problem derive from the death of his brother, begin neglected by his parents and finding comfort only begin around people. Holden Canfield’s root of his problem was caused by death of his brother Allie.
Cather's “Paul's Case” is about a boy who is unsatisfied with his unremarkable life, lies constantly, and acts out to make his situation more appealing to himself and present to others a facade of false grandeur. The story focuses on how Paul is unsuccessful in school, whose actions and attitude disappoint his teachers and father, but manages to find ways to escape his droll life by working as an usher at a music hall where he interacts with musicians and actors, and eventually steals money from his employer to run away to New York for an escape of luxury and high living. Cather implies that Paul will be happier and better behaved if he is allowed large amounts of money and is given the finer things in life, although he has little regard for how he attains
This desire grows overwhelmingly strong, overtaking his mind to make an unrealistic world for himself, leading to a downward spiral that ultimately makes him take his own life. Deviant and outlandish lies towards Paul’s lifestyle are his easy way out of reality. He begins with disrespect towards the faculty in his high school in Pittsburg. Paul has no real desire towards school as a result he is suspended from school. During a meeting set up by his father to him back in school, Paul’s demeanor in eminent when he walks in.
Chris sticks up for Gordie and risks being beaten by the two older boys. The director uses Low angle shots of Chris trying to get the cap back off him, this makes him seem inferior and helpless in his efforts as the two older boy’s tower over him. This incident helps us understand the strength of the two boy’s friendship. The strength of the Chris and Gordie’s is especially noticeable when mid shots display two boys in convocation about life and the problems they are both facing. Gordie is faced with the neglect of his parents and feels like the “invisible boy at home” after the death of his older brother Dennie.
His father is a high-ranking SS officer who, after a visit from Hitler (referred to in the novel as "The Fury", Bruno's misrecognition of the word "Führer"), is promoted to Commandant, so the family has to move away to Auschwitz. When Bruno gets there, he feels homesickness after leaving behind his three best friends for life, his home and his school. Unhappy with his new home, Bruno becomes lonely and has no one to talk to or play with. This is a traumatic situation for a nine year old boy. Only reason for this traumatic situation is to command better the jewish camp.
In “Nothing But the Truth” by Avi, one kid named Philip Malloy makes a huge impact on society. In my opinion, I think that this was all garbage, but once the media gets into something, anything can happen. It all started when Philip, a 9th grade student at Harrison High school got a “D” in English. He states that it is his teacher’s fault, but he is really the one misbehaving and writing jokes as answers in his exams. Philip, now not allowed to tryout for the track team is angry and ticked off.
Mr. Holland’s Opus is a tale of a man trying to juggle his dreams, his family, and his job. His life consists mainly of music. He is a composer who is forced to begin teaching at a high school in order to get some extra money to pay the rent. He is devastated to find out that his son was born deaf, especially because he wanted him to love and enjoy music as much as he does. He never really forms a strong relationship with his son Cole.
Like Max, Kevin was picked on by the local bully’s because of his disability, but they blamed Max for the incident. Later that day, Max was waiting for his new reading tutor, it was Kevin. Kevin wobbled in with his hunch back and crutches, gave him a book and told him to read, but Max was not able to very well. The next tutor session they have together, Kevin gives Max five dollars and asks if he would take him to the festival to see the fireworks. They arrive to the fireworks show, but Kevin can not see since he is short.