While there are differences between Chris McCandless and Lily Owens, they share striking similarities. Chris McCandless’ and Lily Owens’s inconsistencies of forgiveness with their parents resulted in damaged relationships and an escape into the unknown. For someone who is very compassionate and always looking to help those less fortunate, Chris is, ironically, unable to forgive his parents’ mistakes. Krakauer reflects on Chris’s inability to forgive his father. “The boy could not pardon the mistakes his father had made as a young man…” (Krakauer 123).
Although Lee died, Christine always treasured her relationship with her brother. Lee might not have been there in the world, but he always remained in Christine's heart. Lee was the only one who was by Christine's side at every moment, the only one who understood her and cherished her for her real self. Christine never had to be anything special in front of Lee, she did not need make up to look pretty for him, she was his sister and for Lee that was more than enough. Thus, the relationship between Lee and Christine was rare and it could not be replaced by anything.
Additionally, despite Linton’s conquest for love, Linton’s father despises him to a point that leads Linton to be rude and to display the characteristics of hate toward the one person he truly loves. He begins to torture his former love, Cathy. Obviously, he likes to speak to her with no respect like his father trains him to do. Kelly K. Howes says that Linton has no choice when it comes to choosing his fate. He must marry the young Catherine due to his father’s manipulation (3).
The hardships of the family help develop a sense of unity for the Younger household. Walter and Beneatha’s relationship is very complex. The spiraling tension between the two siblings causes confrontation to form and creep into the Younger household. Walter needs his family to respect him as the man of the family, but his sister is constantly belittling him in front of his mother, wife, and son. This denigrating treatment taints Walter’s view of himself as a man, which carries into his decisions and actions.
Allie’s death caused Holden to have trouble and be unable to form relationships and bonds because he is afraid the people he meets and gets close to are going to leave him like Allie did. Holden thinks and believes that he is this ideal person, however nobody believes that he is. Holden uses the word phony to describe people, everything within the world that he does not like, and things that are new to him. This is why Holden thinks “phonies” surround him. One example is when Holden invites this lady named Sally Hayes on a date.
We can believe that he only views Phoebe as one who deserves gifts in all the people that he knows. A great example of his love for Phoebe is how he risks showing himself at his own home just to see his sister. “Anyway, I went into D.B’s room quiet as hell, and turned on the lamp on the desk. Old Phoebe didn’t even wake up… My mother, she has ears like a goddam bloodhound (159).” Holden takes this risk, a risk that could cost him much more then a week of hell. His love for his sister’s company is obvious by this and there is no denying that he would have never taken this risk if he found himself having a phony and older sister.
If Jerry never felt this kind of motherly love from the woman, he would not have lied about his "mother in Mannville." In other words, if the writer was not as nice and understanding, Jerry would not have lied. He would never want a mother who does not care about him. When Jerry lied about his mother, he wanted the writer to realize that he was really referring to her as his "mother." There was no distance between them and Jerry always felt safe and comfortable to talk to her.
As years gone by, a lot of changes have occurred within raising a family, whether it be getting raised by a LGBT couple or being raised by a sibling. The most common change that has occurred is single-parenting. A lot of children are being raised by either just their mother or father. In most cases, the mother is the single parent. Being a single parent can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.
Holden sees that the adult world is full of phonies and even says his own brother is phony so he does not want to grow up. Though at the end through his deep talk with his sister Holden now is beginning to realize that growing up is inevitable.
Holden has not matured and is unable to deal with the responsibility of living on his owe. He childishly uses a hunter’s hat to disguise him self from others. The truth of his life is sad and soon leads to his being institutionalized. He tries to escape the truth with his criticisms. Knowing he will never meet his parents’ expectations, his only true friend is his eight-year-old sister Phoebe, to whom Holden tells that he really wants to be ‘the catcher in the rye”.