Letting lust drive your life will push you away from a Godly life and into a life of unfulfillment. Sexual morality, while attainable by ones self the goal is much easier reached through the help of God. “We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven.”(Lewis 102) In Gods eyes, our strive for purity, is one in which he sees our desires but will help us through if we ask for his helping hand. If God desires for us to have chastity, then who can his wishes not be the right ones?
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. As Holden is grasping the idea of growing up, he sets his priorities of where he belongs and how to establish it. As he talks about how ‘phony’ the outside world is, he has specific recollections that signify importance to his life and he uses these time and time again because these memories are ones that he wont ever let go of. The death of his younger brother Allie has had a major impact on him emotionally and mentally. The freedom of the ducks in Central Park symbolize his ‘get away’ from reality into his own world.
Throughout “The Catcher in the Rye”, Holden Caufield longs for intimacy with other human beings. One of Holden’s main problems is that he sees childhood as the ideal state of being. He thinks that all adults are phonies. One of the first relationships that is mentioned in the story, is Holden’s relationship with D.B., his brother. Throughout his childhood, it is obvious that Holden has idolized his older brother.
Do you ever wish you could return to the early time of your existence where the innocence and purity of childhood enveloped you on a day-to-day basis? These were the times when committing wrong doings were not only met with meager consequences, but also expected of you by the parental guardians or guides in your life. In "The Catcher in the Rye" , written by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, expresses his yearning for this feeling continuously throughout this detailed depiction of a struggling young man who craves nothing more than to make the dream he has given his entire being to, into a reality he can physically experience. A simpler way to help readers understand his complex idea is to compare his dream to the dreams of the fabled "Fountain of Youth" that countless stories are written about.
The truth is, they won't. The problems will never go away unless he faces them and fixes them. The message to the reader actually becomes that Holden’s outwardly clever and carefree attitude only masks the truth that he is lazy, and an underachiever. Unfortunately, he does not use his cleverness in a positive way because he does not face reality. Therefore, his cleverness and intelligence are wasted, and he is not happy or content.
The deaths of Allie and James give Holden a new perspective of the world and also introduce the concept of suicide, which he deliberates over multiple times. Holden’s view on death causes him to slowly mature into adulthood, making him to leave his ideal of living forever in his childhood. Nevertheless, Holden does not want things around him to change in order to preserve the innocence in children and tries to rid messages that would cause children to worry and mature. Yet, the change and descent into maturity is inevitable, and Holden learns of the importance of encountering the harsh realities of life.
The paradox of man's existence is that he appreciates this childhood perception only when this time in his life has passed. What the speaker wants is to live in a state of innocence and to be experienced so that he can appreciate his virtue and celestial-like existence: he would be aware of his divinity. The speaker believes that neither childhood nor adulthood is superior to the other. The child is ignorant to many facets of their existence but the adult has forever lost the characteristics of their youth. The perception of nature, although virtuous and innocent during childhood, is most greatly appreciated in adulthood.
In the end of Prisoner of Azkaban he waits for his father to appear, to cast the Patronus charm and save him and Sirius. While he waits, he has a moment of realization about his own agency, “no one was coming to help this time – And then it hit him… He hadn’t seen his father – he had seen himself” (411). Although Harry wishes for his father, even tries to rationalize that his savior was his father, he knew he had to act. Rowling in the ends, supports Harry’s agency here, he had to save himself and he goes on throughout this book and the entire series saving others even though
Once Neil defies his father he makes the decision that it is better to live his life to the fullest and pursue his act... ... middle of paper ... ...finally “gnawed” his way out and stood up for what he believed in. In todays society many kids face the same problems as Todd as they are too afraid to stand up for what they believe in and challenge the plan that is set out for them. Tom Schulman in Dead Poets Society was able to connect the ideas and concepts of the modern world to the writing of men over one hundred years ago. Schulman not only capitalizes on the main Transcendentalist beliefs, but also typifies the experience through relatable teenage problems. With the character of Neil he is able to display that the best he can be can only be decided by him and for Todd standing up for something one believes in has a greater impact than minute things in life.
A quote from Steinbeck himself expresses the desire he had to instill this in the lives of his sons, "this is for my sons" to read when they are grown...And so I will tell one of the greatest-The story of good and evil, of strength and weakness, of love and hate, of beauty and ugliness." John Steinbeck's meaningful novel displays good and evil, while questioning the reader of whether evil is fated or if our lives are ruled by moral choice. (Pearson; "The Novel: East of Eden")