Ed walks in on his mom and new boyfriend and starts questioning him. You can tell in his tone of voice that he doesn’t want him to be around, as most teenagers would feel after a recent divorce. On top of the divorce is the pressure of starting at a new high school, which gives you this feeling of a big lump in your throat you just can’t get rid of. This begins the turbulence when Ed starts getting bullied just for being the “new guy”. In the trailer it shows bullies throwing things at him and hiding himself in a locker to escape from the embarrassment he is facing.
Lying, drinking underage, smoking, and cursing are all factors that prove that Holden does not have his purity anymore. Holden is not innocent; he is in fact being sucked into the cruel adult world and does not even recognize it. Because of Holden’s opinion that the adult world is filled with phonies, his younger brother Allie’s death, and the deprivation of his own innocence, Holden feels the urge to protect the innocence of the important people in his life. From his weekend long journey from Pencey to New York City, Holden tries to discover the difference between the child world and the adult world. As his trip ends, Holden comes to the realization that growing up is a part of life that everyone experiences.
He is supposed to go home at Christmas Break and not return, however, things don’t work out like that. A situation progresses into a first fight when Holden finds out that his roommate had sex with a girl named Jane Gallagher, who it becomes apparent that Holden loves. Holden loses the fight and grabs his bags and hunting hat and heads for the train station a few days early. One conflict is Holden deciding how to tell his parents that he was kicked out of Pencey. Another less obvious conflict is Holden dealing with the people around him without getting the urge to blow up a building.
Angus says, “Why did my parents come out so late now, people think i’m just as weird as them”(19) He feels that everyone sees him as the son of homosexuals. Angus thinks people think that the same thing will soon come of him. Angus walks down the halls of his high school and people say things like “Your parents are fags.” That’s what makes Angus to start fight people. The only person that sees Angus as a nice guy is his girlfriend Sarah has had a tough life to be so young just like Angus. Angus doesn’t feel like he has to be different when he is around Sarah.
Holden had a tough time fitting in at his schools because he thought of almost everyone as phonies. "`It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques' (pg. 131)." He seems to have a history of expulsion and failure at various schools because of his lack of ability to cope with others. Ordinary problems of his had turned into major conflicts with other students.
In other words, Holden wants to be an adult yet can’t face life or reality. Maybe the reason why he thinks everyone is a phony is because he is an even bigger phony he just feels better about him knowing that everyone’s a phony as well. Or maybe Holden doesn't realize himself as a phony cause he thinks something set him apart from all the other phonies that surrounds him. Holden perceives himself as a good guy wit... ... middle of paper ... ... fact he speak to a number of adults to answer his peculiar question and “touchy" topics. Most likely Holden’s parents are conservative folks that disapprove with Holden’s behavior.
One way that proves Holden as inadaptable is the fact he is unable to complete school. When Holden is faced with difficulty, he merely gives up. The most recent school Holden attends, Pency Prep, is a symbol of his laziness and lack of motivation. Spencer, one of Holden’s teachers, says to him, “Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules,” in which Holden replies, “Yes, sir.
Everyone struggles with change and loneliness in one shape or form every day. While some of us only know how we handle these problems, it would help us more if we knew how others handled them. In Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield, a now ex-Pencey Prep student grapples with all of his many fears and problems. All while traveling around New York so not to go home and face his angry parents.
When Rico get into trouble with the police, he thinks to himself, "Sitting there,[...], my mind kept racing ahead to when I would be walking through the apartment and all the crap I would be going through: my Moms hitting and yelling at me, like I was the worst son in the world." (Hijuelos 119) This gives the reader an idea of what Rico is going through in his personal life, implying that his parents frequently abuse him, which persuades him to leave. The supporting characters in Dark Dude influence Rico's decision to leave New York, whi... ... middle of paper ... ...o leave home and accept new beginnings. The conflicts in Dark Dude convince Rico to leave New York, causing him to be unsettled, therefore leaving, which proves that one must accept new beginnings in order to be unsettled. In Dark Dude, Rico was proven to be unsettled in New York, eventually needing a change of scenery.
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.