His parents fail to communicate healthily with him. Those words did not build Philip up as an individual and instead he becomes overly sensitive. Philip cannot differentiate criticism and hatred apart. Philip has always been very hard on himself because he does not have friends. In his mind, he is a loser and a failure.
Huck is a social outcast because he has been out on his own and reared from a drunken father and no mother. Huck experiences that social conventions inhibit personal growth. As a general rule, society has accepted depravity and immorality from some of its members while rejecting others because of their brand of depravity and immorality. Huckleberry Finn didn’t have a father to look after him, therefore he did not have all of the knowledge he was supposed to for the real world. Instead, he lived with the Widow Douglas.
Henry Adams is poorly motivated because he never got to see for himself what one can achieve through hard work. Henry Adams is just another example of a social tragedy. Because he was surrounded by others in the same league as him he was never able to grow as a person.
Unfortunately, Holden Caulfield, an adolescent struggling with growing up in the novel The Catcher in the Rye, is not aware of these mediums. To him the two worlds seem to be as different as heaven and hell with no purgatory in between. Holden has no positive adult role models, his only concern is preserving innocence and the only people he truly cares about and respects are children. Holden Caulfield fears the transition from child to adult in J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye because childhood is so inviting and adulthood is so ominous. Not only is the general image of the adult world ominous to Holden but the actual adults in his own life seemed to live hopeless lives as well.
These men often come from broken homes themselves and they never had that steadfast, male role model in their own life as they were growing up. This can be a key factor in how they parent, or not pare their children. The phrase” you don’t know, what you don’t know” comes to mind when these types of characteristics are discussed. The next reason that these “Ghost fathers” (Brown 2009) may not be in their children’s life is somewhat complex. They are always trying to do better; get a better job, find a better house and even better themselves.
The need for understanding is due to an unclear world that people live in. According to Camus, the world is absurd, and there is no reason for why things happen the way they do. Absurdity implicates unjustness, and a lack of morals or values. People must make choices every day to decide how to act, but there are no guidelines because there are no values. Why is modern man so alienated, alone, and unhappy according to Heidegger?
He hadn’t done anything worthwhile, or that some would remember him by, there was nothing remarkable about him. Prufrock longed to be more than just a workingman, somewhat like Michelangelo. Accomplish something wonderful to be remembered by, and not just known as a sex addict. Prufrock, however, could never achieve something great. He was too afraid; it held him back and forced him to subject himself to only the most trivial things in life.
Furthermore he did not apply himself or even try to do his work. “I can't seem to get very interested in them although your lectures... ... middle of paper ... ...nts this is showing that he has no sense of kindness because when somebody buys you a present that is showing that they care about you. Holden a character in “The Catcher in the Rye” would not have been a role model if he lived today. Although the times were different and a lot of things slipped through the cracks his actions would not have been acceptable today. By the facts above it is proof how Holden’s action or personality should not be followed.
He did not have any reason to believe that he could rely on his senses. Descartes doubting of his senses also caused him to reject any knowledge that he had gained through life experience. Most of the knowl... ... middle of paper ... ...se which…belong exclusively to the mind…things are sensed through understanding, understood through senses (Montaigne 414)”. It is also important to realize that our mind doubts things because it knows its own limits. Thus since we know nothing to be certain it is important to use softening phrases such as “perhaps, somewhat, some, they say, I think, and so on (356)”.
It shows how rather than being sincere with his rules, Holden would rather disappoint not only his schools and his parents, but himself as well. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden is shown as a character who can’t seem to make up his mind about anything. He lies, he never acts his age, and he does not talk about his emotions. It is difficult to trust a person like Holden, and he does not show of as an admirable person. It may have been Allie’s death that changed him, or maybe he has always been like this.