Night; Separate Peace; Catcher in the Rye
Mickey Mouse Has Matured a Cow Everybody requires a guiding light in the range to show the method, but sometimes that light disappears. For some, that light is faith, household, or buddies but once they are gone it comes down to personal options, even if they have to be made blindly. Similar choices are seen in Elie Wiesel’s Night, JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and John Knowles A Different Peace. Elie, Holden, and Gene have to make choices about their lives and how they are going to live them. The choices provided to them, nevertheless, are not always win or lose.
The line separating great and bad, right and wrong, and love and hate is altering from black and white to gray. The decision between empathy for others and self-preservation is a personal and moral battle for all of the lead characters, they all search for guidance in their lives to lead them to the best response, however they never ever receive it and instead look to blame. In Night, Elie particularly has trouble choosing which path to take. He faces the choice of either putting himself at risk of death by revealing empathy for others, specifically his father, or just making it through and having a part of his soul die.
He is in the midst of a dilemma, a situation that will end terribly no matter what, that he does not realize he can not win. All of the protagonists face this problem and all of them are looking for the response but no one is addressing them. Elie requires somebody to blame for the things that are happening. When his question, “What are You, my God? … How do You compare to this stricken mass collected to affirm to You their faith, their anger, their defiance? What does Your grandeur mean, Master of the Universe, in the face of all the cowardice, this decay, and this anguish? (Wiesel 66) goes unanswered, he tosses the blame at God for leaving him in the dark. Elie can not understand why God is letting all of these people suffer, and he despairs in Him since of it. He becomes angry at God’s silence throughout the dreadful things he is dealing with in his life. Elie requires some sort of assistance to help him to make the ideal decision but he isn’t getting it. Holden in The Catcher in the Rye does a comparable thing by despairing in God after Allie’s death. He might not understand how God might remove the life of such an innocent child.
He felt “like praying or something, when [he] was in bed, however [he] couldn’t do it.” (Salinger 99). Holden concerns himself with the innocence of kids, as his defend them is his ultimate fight. He attempts to protect youth innocence but it is a battle that he can not win, and characters like Mr. Antolini acknowledge that Holden is “riding for some kind of terrible fall. However [he does not] truthfully know what kind”( 186 ). This leads him to the exact same concern that Elie faces. He does not understand whether to keep fighting for the innocence or to he give up.
This concern deeply affects Holden and he arguments with himself about it throughout The Catcher in the Rye. They all search for the right response, but they don’t realize that there is none. Holden appreciates the innocence of the children a lot that it takes a major toll on him and “how [he] got sick and all” (213 ). He can’t continue to care a lot or else it will bring his downfall. Despite the fact that he can not win, Holden continues his battle. In spite of being told he will fail he refuses to quit.
The compassion is such a weight on him and he doesn’t know how to look after it. He remains in the middle of his decision between compassion and survival and it is undeniable to him. Is it worth going on caring even though he can never ever win, or should he quit? Holden is in a consistent dispute with himself over this throughout The Catcher in the Rye all the method up until completion. Gene and Phineas personify the battle between compassion of life or self-preservation in A Different Peace. Finny is a perfect example of empathy, while Gene is much more about self conservation.
As the book progresses, Gene builds an animosity versus Phineas, he feels both jealousy and inconvenience with Finny’s actions and mindset towards life. When Gene almost falls of the limb when they first climb on the tree, Phineas saves him but Gene, “didn’t require to feel any remarkable rush of thankfulness toward Phineas.” (Knowles 33) since he blames Finny for putting him into that position in the first location. They are polar opposites in this method however in the same way they complete each other. Being contrary to one another, among them needs to win, and Gene who personifies survival, eventually eliminates Finny, the personification of compassion.
In this method Phineas’s death eliminates a part of Gene, so much so that at Finny’s funeral, Gene “might not leave a feeling that this was [his] own funeral service”( 194 ). Since everyone requires both in their life, Gene feels that a part of him has actually died when Phineas passes away, because the empathy in his life has actually been damaged. This characterizes the battle in the lead character’s lives. There isn’t actually a response to it without some part of them being hurt. The one thing that sets Gene apart from the lead characters in the other two books is his last approval of what occurred.
He seems to come to a final understanding of all of it, “There is no phase you understand much better than the one you simply left,”( 196 ). Unlike Holden, Gene has actually maturated at the end of A Separate Peace. Elie likewise reaches this the adult years, they seem to have actually reached it through a baptism of fire and rose to the challenge, however Holden never ever could. The look for the right choice or response to this concern takes a toll on the lead characters. Trusting others seems to fail the characters, they reach the point where they must depend upon themselves.
They are at a crossroads in their lives without any one to be their map to tell them which way is right. By the end of all 3 books each character has been changed for much better and for even worse by the different situations facing them in life. The only thing they never truly appear to comprehend is that there is no right answer, and they all go somewhat outrageous since of it. Each book shows the ultimate fight in between the 2 alternatives and in the end the 2 who select survival seem to grow up and accept adulthood while the other, Holden, selects empathy and suffers since of it.