Holden as a Hero
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story about the trials of life and the toll it can take on the psyche. I believe that Holden Caulfield is an under credited hero. He is a teenager forced to grow up in a time of turmoil with severe emotional handicaps placed upon him by family, friends and life in general.
Â Â Â Â Â Holden is one confused kid trying to beat the Man in the 1950â€™s. He grew up ignored by his parents, drifting from school to school in search of a purer lifestyle. On page one Holden humbly describes his lousy growing up. â€œIf you really want to hear about it, the first thing you will probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was likeâ€¦but I donâ€™t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truthâ€¦that stuff bores me.â€ Holden does not want to go into his childhood and play the victim. He tells us that he had a rough time and leaves it at that. Later in the book he alludes to how his parents just shuffled him from school to school hoping that he would do better at the next one. All he tells us about is his dad is that he is a big shot corporate lawyer, not much about what kind of father he was. Suggesting that he was gone a lot and not around to give a good role model for Holden. In turn it shows up in Holdenâ€™s attitude towards adults.
Â Â Â Â Â Throughout the book Holden shows his resentment towards the Man. He always refers to how phony the authority figures are. Mult...
Living in Arkansas, â€ the natural stateâ€ we donâ€t really think of our world as overpopulated, but instead often wish there was more going on. We need to be thankful though. Did you know that if your standing on a street in India and you look into a home and notice that a kitchen fire looks brighter than normal itâ€s probably not because of too much greese, but instead due to a burning child? Your probably thinking that sounds bizarre and how does this tie into overpopulation. Well as crude and barbaric as burning or cremating children in a kitchen may sound it happens all too often in the overpopulated country of India. If you are a hardheaded optimist you might be saying to yourself well thatâ€s in India where theyâ€re crazy, but you would have to be pretty crazy to argue that overpopulation in the U.S. isnâ€t a problem.
Considering the overcrowded classrooms, used up soil and agricultural resources, lack of energy and the damage done to the air and wildlife that we are surrounded by.
So what Iâ€m getting at is that from the Phillapenes to New York to Africa our world is being used for all itâ€s worth.
Not only will I speak about the problems with overpopulation far and wide throughout the world but also I would like to emphasize the time issue in correlation with the growth of the birth rate and death rate.
Now I know that graphs are about as exciting as chapel, but this graph really simplifies the explanation of the â€œMalthusian Theoryâ€ which is simply a theory that was developed by Thomas Malthus in 1798 arguing that populations grow geometrically which just means that MORE PEOPLE PRODUCE MORE PEOPLE.
(Explain graph.) World War 2 death rate did not effect the population climb.
In result of this steadily rising population rate, Indiaâ€s population exceeded 1 billion this past May. According Christian Century, Indiaâ€s one billionth baby was lucky if it was a boy, because girlâ€s survival rates are much lower. Girls in India are commonly victims of feticide, infantcide or later, forced suicide. On the other hand sons in India can generate prosperity in a family; that is if they arenâ€t among the 110 out of 1000 that donâ€t live to see their first birthday. A lot of infants have fatal encounters with diarrhea, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, and malnutrition. This most likely has something to do with the fact that in villages over
800 million people donâ€t have access to safe drinking water. In China and Africa similar problems can be found due to overpopulation.
Thereâ€s has been an out break of AIDS in China, because farmersâ€ have run out of fertile soil and have began giving blood to blood dealers in exchange for money. The blood dealers are evidently not the most sanitary practicioners after reading in Washington Post that they use the same infected needle on as many farmers as possible. In Africa we all know of the famines that have devastated the country. Again we have to turn to the lack of resources for an overpopulated country where there isnâ€t enough food , doctors or educational oppurtunities for the society. When you take all of those factors and put them together youâ€ll also likely find political instability in a country. As O. Henry fittingly stated, â€œthere are not many troubles in the world more alarming than those caused by the fire in the pit of an empty stomach.â€
The direct effect that overpopulation has on our agricultural development isnâ€t neccessarily felt by us, but of course we are effected.
With a concern that we will be left providing food for the rest of the world when overpopulated countries like China run out of food is sort of scary. Despite new technology that has been developed to renourish soil after itâ€s been used there are side effects on our earth. The Green House effect may be one that youâ€ve heard of. These green revolution technologies can bring along pollution of natural waters, soil contamination and overall degradation, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
And no this isnâ€t a Indian, African, or Chinese problem, this pollution is occuring all over the US on many farms where the technology is rooted. Other than agricultural problems the US is also battling a energy crisis that only seems to be getting worse. Just last week the EIA announced that gas prices are at a new record high in America, climbing to $1.53 cents on average up nearly 40% from just last year. And if youâ€ve been watching the news at all for the past couple of months your!
aware of the energy crisis in California and Oregon that has been causing blackouts for millions. Reprecussions of the same old case where there isnâ€t enough resources for so many people. The worst part about it is that the situation only seems to be getting worse unless scientist figure out how to create fossil fuels at the same rate that humans give birth.
Our regional wildlife are suffering also due to overpopulation. According to a survey done by the U.S. Geological Survey suggest that rapid human population growth of the areas surrounding the Lake Pontchartrain Basin has put the habitat in serious danger. By the way I live only about three hours north of the basin, but internationally our wildlife has suffered without a doubt also.
Now Iâ€d like to mention, for a final grim reminder, the numerous degrading factors that overpopulation has on our earth, but as I name these factors I want you to listen to each factor and ask yourself if you have a problem with any of these situations.
Famine, political instability, agricultural set backs, pollution, inhumane treatment to children, overcrowded streets and schools, and damage to wildlife.
If you had a problem with any of those factors I named then you might as well go to the foundation that those problems stand on, â€¦. the problem of overpopulation.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.