He decides to go to war because he is ashamed of running from it. “It had nothing to do with mortality. Embarrassment, that's all it was” (O’Brien 59). That same feeling of embarrassment is what made half of the soldiers go to Vietnam. Jimmy Cross went to war only because his friends did, and that led him to danger.
However after his beloved wife and child were murdered in the Holocaust, he is unable to perceive life the way he did before the war. He goes to the extent of cutting off his right finger in order to punish himself for his love of music and his misguided arrogance. After the war, he also removes himself physically from Vienna to Darwin where there is no musical culture. Goldsworthy suggest his punishment and isolation still fails to erase his past as he still keeps family photo on the piano. His effort to disconnect from memory being unsuccessful is further reinforced in a scene where he is “wobbling to his feet, shouting in German and ” when he hears Wagner music.
There is a common theme between this poem and this book: the loneliness, depression, and neglect teenagers face leads them to feel like “outliers” of society. Holden is going through a tough time after the loss of his brother. Life hasn’t been easy for Holden; he has had to deal with his bad grades, the stress of getting kicked out of schools, and the neglect by his parents. He has nobody to talk to, nobody to console him. In the poem, a fourteen year old faces many critical issues, although in comparison to Holden’s they seem trivial.
During the story it also describes their attempts to converse with an A&W employee, but no one will offer them consolation. O’Brien himself realizes that if he didn’t have writing to work through his trauma, he might be in wretched into a place as Bowker. Both stories also talk about the tragedy of the deaths that were occurring. In The Things They Carried Kiowa was an loved member of the alpha company and O’Brien friend. Although O’Brien is unclear about whether or not he actually threw a grenade and killed a man outside My Khe, his memory of the man’s corpse is strong and recurring, symbolizing humanity’s guilt over war’s horrible acts.
Unreachable Dreams in The Catcher in The Rye Many people find that their dreams are unreachable. Holden Caulfield realizes this in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. As Holden tells his story, he recounts the events since leaving the Pencey School to his psychiatrist. At first, Holden sounds like a typical, misguided teenager, rebellious towards his parents, angry with his teachers, and flunking out of school.
Benjamin Braddock, from “The Graduate”, feels alone, confused and doesn’t know what to do with his life. He, in many ways, mirrors Holden Caulfield, from The Catcher in The Rye. They are both surrounded by people they consider phoney and consumed by confusing thoughts of sex. They both feel alone and as though they have no one to talk to. Even though Holden spends three days alone in NYC at age sixteen, and Ben spends weeks sleeping with a married woman in California at age twenty two, they share the same haunting feelings of loneliness and depression.
I think Miller used the name “Loman” to reflect the characteristic of the low man who has a poor social life, one of the main reasons why he is unsuccessful. The parallel protagonist of the play is Biff, son of Willy, who used to be a star football player, lost in his life after failing the mathematics in high school. Later we found out that he gave up all his life goals after witnessing his beloved father cheated on Linda with another woman. Well, let’s get to the story and discuss about how the play is set. The playwright described the opening as “A melody is heard, played upon a flute.
Godfrey suffers from his own internal guilt of the secrets that he keeps from his wife, Nancy. The Loneliness found in the book consists of many internal and external conflicts of the characters found in the book. There are many different forms of loneliness in George Elliot’s Silas Marner. Silas first experiences loneliness when he is betrayed by his best friend, William Dane. Later on, Silas even believes that god has betrayed him as well and believes that there is no righteous god.
J.D. Salinger, a very influential writer in the 1920s, wrote Catcher in the Rye which became one of his most famous books. He shares a very unique and interesting story, and his beliefs of coming of age are reflected through the main character. He does not necessarily say it in a direct way, but he demonstrates it with the plot of the story and the tone and attitude he gives to the main character. Holden, the protagonist of the book, seems to be a typical teenage boy; he can be a rebel at times, does not really like adults, he goes out on dates, and it seems like he does not enjoy school at all, except for English which seems to be his favorite subject.
Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield discusses his journey from the inside of an insane asylum. As most he holds a fear. His fear is of seeing the innocence and purity of childhood lost. This fear allows him to realize the painfulness of his growing up, the phoniness of the cruel adult world, and the path in which he wants his life to follow. These realizations develop from his lying and deception, his fear of relationships and intimacy, and his self imposed loneliness.