If Holden could adapt to society, he would’ve showed intentions to do so. He is forever unhappy with the world, and isolates himself because of it, thus viewing the world in a negative light. The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger is a story about his adventures as being a teenager just shy of becoming an adult. The change of becoming an adult mortifies Holden, so he does everything possible to hold on to his child innocence.
These fences shaped and formed his relationships with his son. Due to his conscious efforts to not become what he did hold that were his father?s. The narrowness of his thoughts and ideas about life made him an almost impossible person with whom to have a relationship. These flaws permanently changed the lives of the people around him and built barriers which were too solid to ever be broken. Works Cited Wilson, August.
As he reflects back on his final day at Pencey he says: “ They kicked me out. ...I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself at all. They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myself...but I didn’t do it” (Salinger 4). The school is throwing Holden out because he is not what they want to represent to potential students. They want to show examples of fine, upstanding young men, instead of giving off the image of the failing, confused young man.
The young man has let others dictate his life for as long as he could remember; he wants something to life for, he doesn’t want to live the life society has created for him. From this quote we can see that the young man has been through a lot of negative experiences; they change him and shape the person he is today. The mans views have clearly changed; "I have to remind myself that one day, I will be free / free from the rules I followed as a child" (14-15). The young man is constantly reminding himself that he will leave his life behind and start a new one; a new life where he does not worry about what other people think about him. Ever since he was born, other people have ordered him around and changed him to their liking.
His lack of success and work and his troubled family relationships hurt him. They destroy him literally. Rather then dealing with these issues he escapes into disillusionment, which proves costly to him. The constant flashbacks to his glory days and his dreams of being successful lead to his inability to settle his present problems. By the time that reality kicks in, it is too late for Willy to deal with it and instead he takes his life because his life is too far gone to fix.
This system had failed continuously to control the entire population because people still retain their ability to choose. It is said that once a person loses his free will, he ceases to be a person. This is the struggle confronting the protagonists in both A Clockwork Orange and The Crucible. The fifteen-year old rebel Alex and the respected farmer John Proctor refuse to conform to the rules of their oppressive societies, and as a result are denied the freedom to choose between good and evil, therefore becoming less than human. Both Alex and John Proctor live in highly oppressive societies from which they feel alienated, and therefore decide to rebel against.
Although Holden dislikes adulthood, he ordinarily tries to act and behave at an older age when talking to women. Conceivably, Holden feels he cannot be a successful adult because he abhors adulthood and wants people to empathize him and listen to his story. Life is a process that riddles with flaws from childhood to the complexities of adulthood. Salinger highlights that the perception of growing up is incessantly unbearable in a society that does not allot solidity and values to the youth. Holden fears of growing up and hates the real world because he is afraid of being alone and ostracize from society.
As seen as a failure in the eyes of his father Amir tried day by day to prove to his father that he was capable of doing more t... ... middle of paper ... ...t was too late for Amir to do anything. “Life struggles that add to the internal strife that Amir feels, due to his guilt, are put in such a fashion that you feel them yourself as you read. By the end of this book you feel as if you have walked along those alleyways, crouched behind that crumbling mud wall, and witnessed the horror that was Amir's and Hassan's.” (cite?) The kite runner is a story about a boy who struggles to find himself within his cultural community. Amir is faced with many political and social barriers that force him to constantly please others rather than himself.
In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, the main character Holden Caufield believes that innocence is corrupted by society. He exposes his self-inflicted emotional struggles as he is reminiscing the past. For Holden, teenage adolescence is a complicated time for him, his teenage mentality in allows him to transition from the teenage era to the reality of an adult in the real world. As he is struggling to find his own meaning of life, he cares less about others and worries about how he can be a hero not only to himself but also to the innocent youth.
Holden's mother is already very sick, and finding out that her son has not been in school because he has gotten kicked out , it will just about kill her. He has so much to make up for in his life, and he needs to actually do them not just waist his life on alcohol and cigarettes. Psychoanalytical theories apply to Holden because he needs to become a better peson and become someone he wants to be because his flaws can be fixed.