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In this novel, the author creates Holden Caulfield, a boy that is the world's 'punching bag', and illustrates his difficult life through presenting his failures clearly to the reader. Salinger shows that Holden has had a 'deprived' childhood by explaining to the reader that Holden's beloved brother Allie died at a young age. Holden still has not gotten over this unfathomable loss. Another way the author shows Holden's depravity is by making the parents look as if they are not part of his life. Holden does not have a good relationship with his parents and this is presented very clearly in the novel. This novel is predominantly about showing Holden's attempts at achieving his goals in life only to fall flat on his face to fail. A first time reader of The Catcher in the Rye might not know what to think after reading the novel. It is not the typical novel. The Catcher in the Rye, a controversial novel by J.D. Salinger, is a work of fiction that proves itself commendable through its strong use of symbolism, its modernist themes, and significant use of characterization. This novel, considered to be a well-constructed piece of fiction, is known to have a very complex structure; it has three parts of the plot that make up this structure. Showing Holden Caulfield's life at school makes up the first part of this structure; his escape to New York in search for sexual escapade is the second. The third and final part of the structure is his collapse, backward into childhood, and unknowingly into insanity. Holden's life at school is shown as him being a 'loner'. First of all, when everyone from the school is at the football game, Holden is in his room. He says that everyone is supposed to be there, and if...
pages: 8 (words: 2166)
comments: 0
added: 12/01/2011
Holden Critiques the Weaknesses of Society Holden attackes various weaknesses in our society. Many incidents in the novel portrayed Holden as a person with full of hate in society. He critiques everything that had happened to him, many of the situations that he has experienced come across in today's society. His point of view on phonies; loosing a loved one; not remembering the true meaning of Christmas, are all the weaknesses in society. As we read further, we start to understand Holden's reason for hating phoneys. The many people that Holden mentioned were phonies, one being Ackley. In chapter 3, Ackley told Holden, differently every time that he was suppose to have sex one summer. This is an example of the many people in society, lying and bragging about all kinds of things. More phonies were mentioned in this novel than pure and sincere people. Ones classified by Holden as pure and sincere are Jane, Phoebe, Mrs. Morrow and the nuns. Holden thinks that there are more phonies in society than people who are pure. This opinion is true to some and not to others and will remain controversial. Many people have lost a loved one, the way Holden is reacted is understandable. Loosing a loved one is the hardest to face for many families and friends. Leaving sadness and regret. Families, like Holden's go through great changes, in which they must adapt to. It is hard to understand the meaning of life and death, this to Holden is impossible to accept. Keeping Allie's baseball glove, mades him feel that Allie was still there with him, like many families who keep the belongings of their loved ones. The death of Allie resulted in Holden's change, so to many others. People may feel bad for a long time but they have to except the...
pages: 2 (words: 444)
comments: 0
added: 12/13/2011
Catcher in the Rye- Essay Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger interacts with different kinds of females throughout his travels. He has normal adolescent thoughts of having sexual relations, like calling for a hooker or calling a women who is a stripper. He is also quite shallow which is apparent on his date with Sally or the blonde in the Lavender Room. He also has little respect for some women who have different ideals than him. He has no respect for Sally which is discernible when he ridicules her and makes her cry. Though he disrespects Sally, Holden greatly respects his sister Phoebe and Jane Gallagher. Holden Caulfield's views and attitudes concerning women differ according to the type of women he is interacting with at that particular time. Holden's shallowness is evident in a few accounts throughout the novel. When Holden goes to the club in the hotel where he is staying, he starts flirting with three women. They are older than Holden but he dances with all three of them and feels he is "half in love" with the blonde because of her looks and great dancing ability. Another instance that portrays his shallowness is when he makes a date with Sally Hayes. He thinks she is phony and somewhat annoying; the only way he can stand her is because she has great looks. The quote that most greatly emphasizes Holden's shallowness is when he says he feels sorry for ugly girls they have to be kinder and have a better attitude than pretty girls. Holden is also normal in one sense because he ponders about having sexual relations. He views some girls as objects he can use to have sex with. In New York he calls a women named Faith, who is a hooker....
pages: 3 (words: 756)
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added: 11/10/2011
Catcher In The Rye In the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, by J. D. Salinger, phonies play a grand role as one of the major themes of the novel. Webster's Dictionary defines a phony as, "a person who is not what he pretends to be." There are many examples of phonies in the novel, such as Sally Hayes, Stradlater, and even Holden Caulfield. Holden appears to be the biggest phonie of them all. Holden Caulfield is by far the king of all the phonies mentioned in the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, for he lies, is a hypocrite, and adjust his outside image. Being a liar is one form of deceiving the world of what you truly are, and this is one thing that Holden Caulfield isn't even shy about doing, nor admitting to. He uses lies to deceives his true intentions from those around him, this is shown while leaving Pencey Prep on the train and encountering the mother of Ernest Morrow. " It's me [Holden]. I have to have this operation... It isn't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain." (Salinger, 58). In reality Holden was not going to New York to have a tumor taken out of his brain, but he was really going on a little vacation from everything. Although it was none of Mrs. Morrow's business to know where Holden was going, he chosee to deceive her of the truth, and received her pity because of the situation he described to her. He wanted her pity but he knew in order to receive it he would have to change his reality in order to earn it. Holden pretends to be sick, while he was in reality healthy. From that he ends up being a fake ill person. Holden also appears to...
pages: 5 (words: 1196)
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added: 01/23/2012
If there were one word to tell what the theme of the book was it would be innocence. How we are all innocent at some point, how to try to keep our innocence, and how no one can keep their innocence forever. We all fall from our innocence. Adam and Eve fell from grace and innocence and set the tone for all of our lives. Throughout the whole book Holden is trying to make people keep their innocence and he wants to hold onto it himself. What he needs to learn and does learn through the course of the book is that no one can keep his or her innocence. We all fall at some point, but what we have control over is how hard we fall. In the book there is a plethora of falling images. The very title is about Holden wanting to "catch" little kids from falling off a cliff. "What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them." (Pg. 173) Holden wants to save everyone and be a hero, when he needs to focus a lot more attention on his self. To him falling is when you loose your innocence, and when you loose your innocence you are a phony. He sees people that conform as phony, but to stay sane and prosper a person usually has to conform and be "phony." Mr. Antolini brings to our attentions another image of falling when he talks with Holden about his behavior. He tells Holden that Holden is due to fall. "This fall I think you're riding for—it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man isn't permitted...
pages: 5 (words: 1218)
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added: 12/04/2011
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an intriguing story. It contains marvelous character portraits, a psychological analysis of the process of growing up, and many more qualities. This book has many interesting characters and plot lines, which you will discover as you read along. The three main settings are Pencey Prep, D.B's room, and the zoo. Pencey Prep is the high school that Holden has just been kicked out of. A few of the chapters take place here. D.B's room is Holdens brother's room, where after sneaking into his own house, Holden spends the night. At the zoo, Holden takes his sister Phoebe to the carousel and feels the happiest he has felt in a long time. The four main characters are Holden Caulfield, Phoebe Caulfield, Stradlater, and Robert Ackley. Holden Caulfield is a young teenager who is kicked out of Pencey High School because of his lack of motivation and he has failed several times. He avoids telling his parents that he failed and wanders the streets of New York. Phoebe Caulfield is Holden's younger sister. Holden and her have a good relationship, and she does not want him to leave her. She is a symbol of happiness and joy for Holden. Stradlater is a good-looking athlete and the roommate of Holden at Pencey High School. Holden thinks that he is very annoying. Ackley is annoyed by everything, especially Stradlater, and does not like to be bothered. The plot consists of different settings, unique characters, and interesting ideas. The book starts out with Holden Caulfield just having been kicked out of Pencey Prep School because he fails his classes. To avoid telling his parents, he leaves Pencey without telling them and wanders the streets of New York, encountering new experiences. He meets Stradlater's mother, a prostitute, and other women....
pages: 2 (words: 482)
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added: 02/15/2012
J.D. Salinger was, and still is, one of the most dynamical and effective writers of the 20th century. With his book, The Catcher in the Rye, he practices the essence of freedom of speech, and yet, also creating a lot of controversy in the Literature world. Our reactions to his book with censoring and harsh eschew reaction leads to only one question, why and what? Why did Salinger choose this style of expression and what was he trying to express. Both of these topics will be discussed in depth in this essay. The fact that, through the character Holden Caulfield, Salinger is portraying how people grow from youth to adults will also be discussed. Holden Caulfield, the seventeen-year-old narrator of this novel, addresses the reader directly from a mental hospital in California. He wants to tell the reader about the events that took place over a two-day period in New York. Holden, he first talks about his older brother, D.B., who was once a "terrific" short-story writer but now has sold out and writes scripts in Hollywood. The body of the novel follows. It is a long flashback, constructed through Holden's memory. The entire story is basicly Holden looking back on his actions and reflecting on them. How he intereacted with everyone on his little rebelious adventure away from structure and adults and showing us how this played out. The Catcher in the Rye expressed through Caulfield, how young people grew to be adults in the author's oppinion during its time of publication. One of Salinger's ways of expression through his main character, Holden Caulfiled, is through Holden's reflections on events. As Holden once said, "Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave...
pages: 5 (words: 1331)
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added: 12/08/2011
J.D. Salinger's most great masterpiece of his writing career, The Catcher in the Rye, explores the hypocrisy and the ugliness of the adult world. As written in the 1950s, the story relates to the post-World War II time and to Salinger's mentally complicated life when he was growing up. The main character, Holden Caulfield, also the narrator of the novel, goes through a psychological meltdown as his child-like innocence is shattered by the adult world. Disturbed and trapped by his own conflicting mind, he struggles vainly to escape only to sink deeper and deeper into the evilness of the adult world. In the midst of confusion, desperation, and loneliness, Holden sets out to find the true happiness of life. The damage of Holden's child-like innocence leaves him in the brink of a nervous breakdown. Brought on by the hypocrisy and the ugliness of the adult world, Holden give in to his increasing feelings of loneliness and desperation. His cynicism is his attempt to protect himself from the pain and the disappointment of the adult world. In failing to find refuge in neither friends nor teachers, Holden sinks deeper in his confused mind. The death of his brother Allie further torments little Holden and leads him to the desire of sexuality. Almost given up to the adult world, he finds the true, inexplicable happiness: his little sister Phoebe. The view of his childish sister riding on the merry-go-round brings him back to life, agreeing to protect her from the adult world. Standing on the threshold between childhood and adulthood, vulnerable little Holden is consistently hurt and humiliated by the hypocrisy and ugliness of the adult world. His admiration of children seems to indicate his longing to go back to his childhood. "Sexuality" is the force that makes the return to his childhood impossible....
pages: 2 (words: 482)
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added: 12/13/2011
I received word that the editors of the Little Brown and Company are considering changing the cover of JD Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye. I strongly recommend that the cover be left alone. The book has been commended on its exemplary literary meaning for the past fifty years; the present cover is a visual representation of this meaning. The blank cover expresses the overriding theme of controlling one's own fate, similar to John Locke's idea of the tabula rasa (blank slate). Indirectly, the blank cover also expresses the fundamental conflict in the novel that is Holden Caufield's inability to "come of age." Salinger's development of Holden's character extensively indicates his childish behavior. Like a little kid, the monologues he gives to his audience are simply rambling thoughts that flow through his mind. In the beginning of the book for example, Holden starts introduces his story and keeps skipping around to numerous topics: If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me… but I don't want to go into it…I'm not going to tell you the whole autobiography or anything. I'll just tell you about the madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas…and had to come out here and take it easy. I mean that's all I told D.B about, and he's my brother…now he's out in Hollywood, D.B, being a prostitute. (1-2) Holden starts by touching on his childhood, continues on about his parents, and culminates by calling his brother a Hollywood prostitute. Like a child, Holden's attention span is minute and he cannot extensively talk about a particular subject. The childish qualities that Holden possesses do not...
pages: 3 (words: 803)
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added: 10/15/2011
Teenagers throughout the century have always had trouble going through their adolescent years of their lives. The book Catcher in the Rye, is a realistic fiction and it is by J.D. Salinger. The novel was basically about a teenage male high school student who has been in and out of school for his unacceptable grades. Most of this story takes place around New York. The Catcher in the Rye is set in the 1950s. The setting is important to the book because the only reason he is in New York was because he was expected home in a few days for Christmas break three days prior of getting kicked out of his school. Also, all of his family and friends live in New York. The main character in this novel is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a very depressed teen. He got that way because of the horrible things that have gone on in his life and now he looks at everything negatively. The supporting Characters in this novel are Stradlater (roommate), Ackley (friend), and Phoebe (his sister). The miner characters were Jane Gallagher, Spencer, Luce, and Mr. Antolini. The character of Holden never changed but he ended up in a sanitarium. I feel that no other characters have changed. I liked all the characters cause basically they all had very different personalities. Holden Caulfield narrated a past tense story about the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas when he was sixteen years old to a medical doctor. His long story begins on a Saturday when he gets kicked out of Pencey Prep High School in Angerstown, Pennsylvania. He is not scheduled to be home to Manhattan till Wednesday. Holden decides that he has had enough of Pencey after him and his roommate Stradlater gets in a fight....
pages: 3 (words: 788)
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added: 12/13/2011
Teenagers throughout the century have always had trouble going through their adolescent years of their lives. The book Catcher in the Rye, is a realistic fiction and it is by J.D. Salinger. The novel was basically about a teenage male high school student who has been in and out of school for his unacceptable grades. Most of this story takes place around New York. The Catcher in the Rye is set in the 1950s. The setting is important to the book because the only reason he is in New York was because he was expected home in a few days for Christmas break three days prior of getting kicked out of his school. Also, all of his family and friends live in New York. The main character in this novel is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a very depressed teen. He got that way because of the horrible things that have gone on in his life and now he looks at everything negatively. The supporting Characters in this novel are Stradlater (roommate), Ackley (friend), and Phoebe (his sister). The miner characters were Jane Gallagher, Spencer, Luce, and Mr. Antolini. The character of Holden never changed but he ended up in a sanitarium. I feel that no other characters have changed. I liked all the characters cause basically they all had very different personalities. Holden Caulfield narrated a past tense story about the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas when he was sixteen years old to a medical doctor. His long story begins on a Saturday when he gets kicked out of Pencey Prep High School in Angerstown, Pennsylvania. He is not scheduled to be home to Manhattan till Wednesday. Holden decides that he has had enough of Pencey after him and his roommate Stradlater gets in a fight....
pages: 3 (words: 788)
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added: 12/19/2011
Holden Caulfield, interacts with many people throughout J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, but probably none have as much impact on him as certain members of his immediate family. The ways Holden acts around or reacts to the various members of his family give the reader a direct view of Holden's philosophy surrounding each member. How do Holden's different opinions of his family compare and do his views constitute enough merit to be deemed truth? Holden makes reference to the word "phony" forty-four separate times throughout the novel (Corbett 68-73). Each time he seems to be referring to the subject of this metaphor as -- someone who discriminates against others, is a hypocrite about something, or has manifestations of conformity (Corbett 71). Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden describes and interacts with various members of his family. The way he talks about or to each gives you some idea of whether he thinks they are "phony" or normal. A few of his accounts make it more obvious than others to discover how he classifies each family member. From the very first page of the novel, Holden begins to refer to his parents as distant and generalizes both his father and mother frequently throughout his chronicle. One example is: "…my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything personal about them. They're quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They're nice and all – I'm not saying that – but they're also touchy as hell" (Salinger 1). Holden's father is a lawyer and therefore he considers him "phony" because he views his father's occupation unswervingly as a parallel of his father's personality. For example, when Holden is talking to Phoebe about what he wants to be when he grows up, he cannot answer her...
pages: 5 (words: 1172)
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added: 11/02/2011
The novel The Catcher in the Rye is about a young man named Holden Caulfield who is on a subconscious quest to find love. Holden attends a private school named Pency where he feels he does not fit in once again. Holden Caulfield is reliant on physical love, family love as well as friendship in order for him to feel accepted in society. Holden has a subconscious desire for physical love to make him feel a part of society. Holden hired a prostitute to help him get over his feelings of being alone and secluded from the rest of society. He had just left his school and was all alone so he needed a physical love to make him feel with it. Holden felt he had true love with Jane because they connected on such a compassionate level. When Stradlater took out Jane, Holden got very upset because Stradlater was known for 'giving girls the time' and Stradlater does not love Jane as much, if at all, like Holden does. Because Holden did not have a physical relationship with Jane, he feels like he cannot connect with Stradlater on a personal level since Stradlater got something Holden wanted. Jane used to hold Holden's hand and put her hand on his neck, which made Holden feel very loved by her. So when Stradlater took Jane out Holden felt very secluded because Stradlater was taking Jane away from him. Holden took Sally out for the afternoon to go see a play. When the two of them got into the taxi to go to the theater Holden decided to do what Stradlater does. He decided to seduce sally into messing around with him by giving her no alternative just as Stradlater does. . This made Holden feel equal to Stradlater because he was also...
pages: 4 (words: 1012)
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added: 11/09/2011
The whole story is based around Holden Caufield. Holden is your typical rebellious teenager: naïve, defiant, pessimistic and indifferent to what goes on around him. He does not care about doing well in school, as proven by his lack of effort in school and his expulsions from other schools. Basically, Holden is about to be expelled from his current school, so he embarks on a bit of an "adventure" to New York. And that's basically the plot. The plot may be a bit superficial on the outside, but the story is lengthened by the many encounters Holden has with various people at both school and in different places in New York. This range from meeting two nuns to talking to an elevator man to a prostitute. The list is endless. These encounters are not of any significant importance, but are merely used to develop Holden's character. As time passes by, Holden becomes more depressed and more pessimistic. He also becomes more indifferent towards life, wasting money on hotels, a prostitute, a record, cabs, drinks. As a teenager, I could envisage myself in many of the encounters Holden was faced with. I am not saying that I am a rebellious kid, but I am just saying that I can imagine myself being in a one-on-one situation with a teacher telling me how bad a certain piece of homework was (Holden is faced with a situation with an old history teacher, who was saddened by Holden's 10 line history essay on the Egyptians). At one point in life, I also felt the similar negative, "I don't care" attitude I was faced with earlier in my life. However, I felt the realism of this part of teenage life is the humor of the whole story. The way Holden goes on about people, and adding the word "old"...
pages: 3 (words: 578)
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added: 11/30/2011
Analysis of Lies in Huckleberry Finn "That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth" (1). Those are among the first lines in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, so it's obvious from the very beginning that the truth, or lack thereof, is a major theme in the book. Huckleberry Finn is a liar throughout the whole novel but unlike other characters, his lies seem justified and moral to the reader because they are meant to protect himself and Jim and are not meant to hurt anybody. Mark Twain shows four types of lies in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: vicious and self-serving lies, harmless lies, childish lies, and Huck's noble lies. An example of lying is presented right at the beginning. After Tom and Huck play a joke on him, Jim lies to all the other slaves about how his hat got taken of his head and put on a tree limb above him while he was sleeping. He tells an incredible yarn about some kind of spirits visiting him, gaining him an almost-celebrity status among the slaves. Some may argue that this is a self-serving lie. Although it is harmless to others, it certainly isn't a noble lie. Another set of harmless, somewhat clever, lies Jim tells are of his famous hairball. He claims it can predict the future and only he can tell what it's saying. Not only that, but this hairball doesn't work unless Jim gets paid first. The king of childish lies would definitely be Tom Sawyer. Through Tom's ridiculous lies, Mark Twain makes the reader begin to hate this impractical, unrealistic, unoriginal adolescent. His immature lies are to gain a sense of adventure like in his books and they occasionally hurt people. Tom...
pages: 7 (words: 1685)
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added: 01/27/2012
Every individual goes through a transition at some time in his or her life. This transition is made from the mischief and pranks of childhood to the more sophisticated nature of adulthood. There are often times people or events that spur this change. Some religions even hold special events to mark this change such as people of the Jewish faith, who have the bar mitzvah to commemorate the transformation of a young boy from his old ways into mature ways. In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, the protagonist, makes this shift from childhood to adulthood. Tom Sawyer starts out as a mischievous and rebellious boy who envies freedom from the responsibilities of everyday life but becomes a responsible young boy at the end of the novel. Many factors contributed to this conversion in Tom. Some of these factors are his pursuit of Becky Thatcher's heart, the murder of Doc Robinson and the adventure in McDougal's cave. Tom Sawyer's pursuit of Becky Thatcher's heart helped Tom become more mature in his actions. When he first saw her, "The fresh-crowned hero fell without firing a shot. A certain Amy Lawrence vanished out of his heart, and left not even a memory of herself behind" (24). The fresh-crowned hero, Tom, fell in love with Becky when he first saw her at her house. He liked her so much from that moment that even his current love at that time, Amy Lawrence, disappeared completely from his heart and mind without a trace. This demonstrates that Tom had deep interest in Becky. There is no way that Tom's former love could vanish from his heart unless he really liked Becky. Tom's infatuation with Becky induced him to try to win her heart. Since Tom was still a boy, he performed many childish...
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added: 10/23/2011
The movie that the class watched dealt with the classic novel Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn was written in the late 19th century, but it takes place during slavery in the southern United States. The book revolves around the adventures of a white farm boy from Mississippi, Huckleberry, and a run away slave Jim, as they try to reach the North and freedom. Written in the narrated view of the main character Huckleberry Finn, the grammar and language of the day is incorporated into the book, including the word nigger. Nigger is used in the book around 200 times and it is for this reason that some school boards have banned it and furious debates about allowing literature with hateful words in schools have erupted all over school boards in North America. The movie that we watched illustrates these debates and focuses on one high school in Arizona who's in the midst of debating whether it should be banned or allowed. The arguments put fourth by the people opposed to the book being taught in class are the following. Books can influence the behavior of kids enough so that they begin to use the word Nigger in their vocabulary and towards other classmates. Thus their main argument is that books will be used to incite hatred in the classroom. The second argument is that the word Nigger carries to much emotion for African American students. So when this word is either called out in class or read in the book it becomes to painful and remindful of a darker time and they should not have to be reminded about this painful past in such ways at school. Arguments made by supporters of the book are that the book should be allowed for the greater good despite the...
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added: 01/28/2012
Throughout the Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author expresses a plain and striking point of view. His point of view is that of a cynic; he looks upon civilized man as a merciless, cowardly, hypocritical savage, without desire for change, nor the ability to effect such change. Thus, one of Mark Twain's main purposes in producing this work seems clear: he wishes to bring to attention some of man's often-concealed shortcomings. While the examples of Mark Twain's cynic are commentaries on human nature can be found in great frequency all through the novel, several examples seem to lend themselves well to a discussion of this sarcastic view. In the beginning of the novel, it would seem that both Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in some way and wishing to escape. For Huck, it is the ideas of Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas and the violence and tyranny of his drunken father. Huck did not care for the ideas of going to school, church, wearing proper clothes, and using manners. Huck was more of a rugged type. With his father he was kept in a veritable prison, and wished to escape because he was locked inside all day. Jim feels the need to escape after hearing that his owner, Miss Watson, wishes to sell him down the river-a change in owners that could only be for the worse. As they escape separately and rejoin by chance at an island along the river, they find themselves drawn to get as far as possible from their home. Their journey down the river sets the stage for most of Mark Twain's comments about man and society. It is when they stop off at various towns along the river that mixtures of human character flaws always seem to...
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added: 01/28/2012
Huck Finn identified his feelings early on in the book, just in the first chapter. His ideas on "sivilization" aren't very high held. He can't see the use of wearing the clothes that the Widow and Aunt Polly have him wear. They make him feel all cramped up and make him sweat. He didn't like having to be called for dinner by a bell, sitting down upright at the table and praying before eating. As for his views on Religion…"After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she lit it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so the I didn't care no more about him, but I don't take no stock in dead people." Then he was told of Heaven and Hell, and he simply didn't have much stock in either one seeing as he only wanted to get out of his current living conditions, he figured that either would be suitable. But, he never said he would try and be good, seeing that there isn't much advantage to it. His views on education are varied. He didn't like doing his studies, being forced to read and write, but when he met his dad again, he went to school just to piss his dad off, and his dad didn't much like that. His education came in handy though. Later on in the book he had to read and write, so it did do some use, but as all kids, or at least most, he didn't want to have any part of sitting around and working on schoolwork or the like....
pages: 2 (words: 287)
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Throughout the Mark Twain novel, The Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn, a plain and striking point of view is expressed by the author. His point of view is that everyone is selfish; he looks upon civilized man as a merciless, cowardly, hypocritical savage, without want of change, nor ability to effect such change. Thus, one of Mark Twain's main purposes in producing this work seems clear: he wishes to bring to attention some of man's often concealed shortcomings. While the examples of Mark Twain's cynic commentaries on human nature can be found in great frequency all through the novel, several examples seem to lend themselves well to a discussion of this sarcastic view. In the beginning of the novel, it would seem that both Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in some way and wishing to escape. For Huck, it is the violence and tyranny of his drunken father. Kept in prison, Huck wishes desperately to escape. Jim feels the need to escape after hearing that his owner, Miss Watson, wishes to sell him down the river, a change in owners that could only be for the worse. As they escape separately and rejoin by chance at an island along the river, they find themselves drawn to get as far as possible from their home. Their journey down the river sets the stage for most of Mark Twain's comments about man and society. It is when they stop off at various towns along the river that various human character flaws always seem to come out. Examples of this would include the happenings after the bringing on of the Duke and King. These two con artists would execute the most preposterous of schemes to relieve unsuspecting townspeople of their cash. The game of the King pretending to be a reformed marauder-turned-missionary at the...
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