I agree that each text we read presents us with an outlook on life that is either bright or dark or a combination of both .The texts that I have studied are “Foster”(F) by Claire Keegan,” The Catcher in the Rye”(TCITR) by J.D Salinger and the film I have studied is “I’m Not Scared”(INS) which was directed by Gabriel Salvatores. The general vision and viewpoint of a text in the authorial or directional outlook on life. The respective authors and director of these three texts communicate their perspective through the opening, development and conclusion of the plot. The key areas that I will look at are family, relationships, social problems and the endings.
In each of the three texts the author presents us with either a negative or positive view of family life. This is very apparent in (F) where a young girl who has many siblings and her mother and father struggle to provide for the children which is the main reason why sh has been sent to live with relatives of her mother for a while. In the text the girl’s father says “Try not to fall into the fire, you” when he is leaving his daughter at the house of their relatives and goes home. It is clear from there that the girl and her father have no relationship whatsoever. The girl is sad that her father doesn’t show any affection for her and she says “Why did he leave without so much as a good-bye, without ever mentioning that he would come back for me”
Similarly, in (TCITR).The novel is narrated by Holden Caulfield who is an unhappy teenager is trying to find his way in the adult world. The relationship between Holden and his parents is strained. Holden’s younger brother Allie has died and the family appear to struggle with this. Holden feels his parents are too preoccupied with their own lives and so move him from school to school when he gets thrown out. He describes his childhood as “lousy” and his parents as “preoccupied”.
Contrasting to these is (INS) where there is a largely positive view of family. This...