Biff, on the other hand, had it worse because his father sold him lies about his importance in the business industry, which forced Biff to admire Willy and strive to be like him one day. Willy’s consistent stroking of Biff’s ego misled Biff into thinking that he could get away with anything simply because he was “popular” and “well-liked”. However, when Biff accidentally stumbles upon his father’s adultery, his world crashes in on itself as he loses his sense of identity. He quotes, “I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been” (Act II). Willy wasn’t much better with his “friends”.
Holden has a near obsession with the death of his younger brother Allie, who died at age thirteen due to leukemia. Holden had punched and broke all the windows in the garage out of anger; he says that his hands still hurt from the incident. Throughout the novel, Holden dwells on Allies’ death. From Holden's thoughts, it is obvious that he loves and misses Allie. In order to hold on to his brother and to minimize the pain of his loss, Holden brings Allie's baseball mitt along with him where ever he goes.
He wants to know him because he recognizes that although they are stranger, they are alike, Charlie will one day become like him. By the end of the short story, the reader gets the impression that this encounter was not what Charlie had in mind. His father yelled at the waiters and they had to relocate several times. Any pride Charlie was feeling about belonging with this man is likely gone. His father was not a good role model nor did they connect on a personal level.
In the book, Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caufield, the main character is a negatively charged person, doesn't want himself or others around him to grow up, and suffers from depression because of his brothers death. This is obviously Holden's way of alienating the entire world and delaying the consequences of facing reality. Alienation is a big theme in Catcher In The Rye, and something that Holden depends on most often. Holden Caufield is a negatively charged character as expressed on the first page of the book before Holden tells his opinion about his childhood.
Of these stories he preserved only nine. J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye displays the typical teenage alienation and depression. Salinger’s novel discusses Holden’s stand against phoniness. Holden’s deep contempt for all things that are phony is expressed throughout the novel. He even condemns people he doesn’t know as phonies, such as the man that his wing of the dorms at Pencey is named after, an undertaker named Ossenburger.
Holden described the aftermath of that day, "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage"(Salinger 38-39). Holden had a mental break down that changed his perspective on life immensely. Everything that happens to him continues to weaken his state of mind, causing him to not caring for the consequences of his actions, such as flunking out of schools. According to the psychologist Freud, to analyze the author and his or her life, the literary work is seen to provide analytical evidence. This implies that the traumatic life that Holden carries probably reflects Salinger's life.
Holden says this “[he] broke all the windows in the garage… [He] even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon”. (39) Holden’s parents don’t even try to help him get over the fact that his brother died. The death of Allie as had a major effect on him because he has been through three schools and is now making it four. When he flunks out his parents don’t ask or try... ... middle of paper ... ...nd and makes it sound like the person comforting him is doing wrong. Just like when he was leaving Mr. Antolini’s house he said “[He] was sweating… That kind of stuff’s happened to [him] about twenty times since[he] was a kid”.
Because coping with the death of his brother is the motivation behind Holden 's behavior throughout the entire novel it is considered a possible theme for the story. Holden reacts violently to the news of allie’s death initially but as Allies death becomes more distant Holden is more thoughtful about remembering Allie. The night Holden hears the news he broke all of the windows in the garage “ I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”(PAGE 44). After time has past from Allie’s death Holden is not quite as violent he is more curious about Allie hence his obsession with the ducks and where they go in the winter. Holden also prays to Allie “Allie don’t let me disappear”(PAGE 218) Holden is changing his ways of coping throughout the entire story.
Holden shows this by slacking off leading to his expulsion from school. “ They gave me frequent warning to start applying myself…but I didn’t do it. So I got the ax.” Holden proves this theme once more by vandalizing in a fit of rage over the death of his little brother Allie. “I was only thirteen…I broke all the windows in the garage.” Even when Holden does not express his negativity physically he expresses them mentally. “I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met.” “I felt more depressed much more depressed than sexy.” When a young man turns his back on sex there is definitely something wrong.
Larry and Kent are not like them and find themselves uncomfortable but try their best to fit in. They are made fun of and they leave disappointed without a bid. They head over the Delta Tau Chi House where Kent’s brother used to be a member making Kent a legacy. There they meet John "Bluto" Blutarsky, who seems to be a little crazy. Delta Tau Chi offers the boys a bid because they need the due money.