Honors English 1, Period: 5
In both novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Things Fall Apart, the main characters relationships with their parents influence their personal fulfillment. The main character in The
Catcher in the Rye is Holden Caulfield who has a relationship with his parents which he says is
“confidential.” The main character in Things Fall Apart is Okonkwo who wanted to be nothing like his father because his father was seen as a woman for being weak, which Okonkwo despised being viewed as. Both of these characters had their parents basically mold them into the person they would become one day, whether it was for the best or not.
In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is a very successful man because he has two titles and never has to borrow money from others, something his father did which made Okonkwo vow to never be like him. When Okonkwo’s father died, he owed lots of people various amounts of money. In Okonkwo’s eyes his father was a failure for many reasons like this and a woman because everyone thought that he was weak. Okonkwo won’t allow his children to be lazy or weak because it reminds him of his father who he despises with a passion. Okonkwo’s mind set is to never be like his father, a man which people disrespected, is what influenced Okonkwo’s behavior as an adult.
Holden’s relationship with his mother is very similar to that of Okonkwo and his father.
Holden’s relationship with his mother is very similar to that of Okonkwo and his father because
Holden’s mother is emotionally distant from her son. In chapter seven, Holden states, “ I didn’t want to go home or anything till they got it and thoroughly digested it and all. I didn’t want to be around when they first got it. My mother gets very hysterical. She’s not too bad after she gets something thoroughly digest, though.” This shows that if Holden’s mother receives upsetting news, like Holden being kicked out of yet another school, she’ll take a long time to get over it just like she is still trying to get over the death of her