The Catcher in the Rye and Warriors Do Not Cry
Sophomore English has actually been a year of several varieties of books. We have explored memoirs, short stories, and novels so far. One of the memoirs, and my preferred one, is “Warriors Do Not Cry,” by Melba Pattillo Beals. The book that we have actually covered is “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger. These are two books with numerous differences and similarities. They have similar concepts, themes, and symbols however vary in the story line. A repeating concept in both of these works is the loss of innocence. Both Melba and Holden recognize that they have to discover to live without the aid of their own households. Melba is in a school of all white with 8 other blacks with her. She can just go to them for support and not speak with any other person. Holden is lost in a huge city all by himself, utilizing his instincts on who he can trust and speak to. Another motif is self-reliance. Both Melba and Holden are “stuck in holes”? in their life journey, trying to get out and conquer their battles. Melba feels so small at Central because she is one of the very first blacks to go into the school. Yes she dates Vince however he doesn’t comprehend her battle. Holden doesn’t understand what to do. He has actually failed out of his school, and has no concept where his life is going. Both of them are alone at the beginning of their journey, however find angels along the way.
A continuous style in both of these books have is the painfulness of maturing. Mebla doesn’t want to grow up just as much as Holden does not. All the unexpected they don’t have their moms and dads there to help them out every time they need them. They are all on their own with some aid from individuals they discover along the way. Another theme in this book is the phoniness of their adult years. Melba, believe that as she got older, blacks would be tolerated more. She discovers that she gets bullied more as the years pass. Holden, in chapter 22, he explains that adults are inevitably phonies, and even worse, they can’t see their phoniness. Holden expects grownups to be these superheros and are able to do anything that they want. The harsh reality that he learn is that he needs to work for what he want and it doesn’t constantly come simple either.
Signs in both of these books are extremely essential. They exist through the whole story, discussing it. One symbol in “Warriors Don’t Cry” that ties into “The Catcher in the Rye” is the white Easter gown. The gown got ruined and stained because of the ruthlessness in the world.The snowball right at the start of “The Catcher in the Rye” shows how Holden has excellent intentions but other people aren’t relying on or they are negative. This represents pureness and that he is attempting to keep, unlike the gown. A symbol in “The Catcher in the Rye,” that connects to “Warrior’s Don’t Cry” is the ducks. “You understand those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you occur to understand where they go, the ducks, when its gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?” (Salinger 60). The ducks represent that vashinshings are just momentary. It shows that although Allie is gone, he is still there spiritually. In “Warriors Do Not Cry,” it shows that while Melba is with her family, all of the negativities in the world and hatred towards her race is gone, but only short-lived. While she explores herself in the real world, whatever comes back.
Even with all of these resemblances, they still vary. “Warriors Don’t Cry” is a narrative (non-fiction). Is does not follow the storyline of a novel with an unique start, climax, and ending. Rather it is kind of all over the place. Likewise, this books focuses primarily on black discrimination and the story of Melba expressing who she is. “I take pride in who I am. My color is inconvenient right now, however it won’t constantly resemble this”? (Beals 105). Everyone worldwide is informing her that she is this horrible person who should “just die? because she’s black. Melba understands who she truly is and understands what she can. She also is very close with her family. They are her inspiration let her forget the tough, vicious world out there and make it all go away for simply a little while. “The Catcher in the Rye” is a novel (fiction) with a distinct ending, climax, and start. This novel focuses on Holden’s life journey trying to find out who he is. He is all alone in the huge city of New york city, at 16 years old! He is barely out of highschool (even though he has failed out). Unlike Melba, Holden is not close with his family at all. “The cars and trucks zoomed by, brakes screeched all over the place, his moms and dads paid no attention to him, and he kept walking beside the curb and singing, ‘If a body capture a body coming through the rye'”? (Salinger 115). Although Holden is discussing a young boy that he saw on the street, he is explaining himself and his relationship with his moms and dads completely. They hardly see each other or perhaps compose to each other. His parents don’t know where he is, what he is doing, and the horrible scenarios he is getting himself into. He would like to know who he is and discover his real self.
In general, these 2 fantastic stories are life changing and inspiring, no matter if it is non-fiction or fiction. The various motifs, signs, and themes are incredible and truly make you think of how fortunate we all have it. They are two books everyone should read a minimum of when in their lives. They demonstrate how to handle struggles and how to overcome these “holes?.”