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Comparing And Contrasting The Joy And Misery Of Adolescence

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Comparing and Contrasting the Joy and Misery of Adolescence.Compare and Contrast both the joy and the misery of adolescence as depicted in J.D Salinger Catcher in the Rye, Dead Poets Society (film) and the poems, Adolescence by Aidan Foster-Carter and Class Discussion by Gloria Yates.Adolescence is the process of changing from a child into an adult. During this period of change young people mature physically, begin to take responsibility for themselves, and start to deal with the world of their own. For most young people, adolescence is a time in which pleasure, joy and excitement are mixed with confusion, misery and frustration. Most individuals experience this in their lives: ...view middle of the document...

This club is so exceptional to the boys of the Welton boarding school, as they can escape from the stern rules set by the school. This newly formed club, summed up everything what the boys wanted to be and do. Neil especially, if it wasn't for their fathers "I went into the woods to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life...to put a rout all that was not life, and not, when I come to die, discover that I have not lived". Neils does not want to go to medical school like his father want's him to, Neil wants to be 'himself'. In this case it is to act "˜For the first time I know what I want to do, and I'm going to be an actor and I'm going to do it'. Neil's changeover into his new adolescent life, was given assistance to by his English teacher, Mr. Keating. Mr. Keating's who an idealistic teacher who has unorthodox teaching methods, inspires his students "to suck the marrow out of life". Mr Keating believes that "Tis only in their dreams that men truly be free." From Mr. Keatings motivation, this opens up Neils mind to the possibilities of things that each student wants to do, as for Neil it is to participate in the local play. Neils adolescent was ordained by his father Tom Perry, in spite of Mr. Keating opened his eyes to the possibilities of the world. Neil's first extreme joy in his adolescent life, was the rebellion between the participation of the play between his father and himself. "This feels great". From this point Neil runs out of his childhood life and feels that he has something to look forward to in his new adulthood life. Neil Perry and many other students have there own personal battles to wage, and Neil is faced with a very unfair choice. The disharmony between Neil and his father is less than enthused. The misery that Neil experienced, because he could not act, being sent to boarding school that he had grown up in and that he could no longer talk to his father was his miseries, Neil says "Im trapped", resulting in a tragic outcome, as he felt there wasn't any hope to continue on with adolescence.Simular to Neil, Charlie Dolton, is another adolescent, from the film Dead Poets Society who experiences both misery and joy in his life. Charlie is from a rich, bankrolled family and therefore can afford to indulge his more rebellious side of nature than Neil isn't able to do. Charlie is a highly regarded, daring, admired student much like Neil and craves living broadly with no fears or responsibility. Charlie even changes his name to "Nauwanda" as if it was a new identity, and that he is ready to defeat adulthood. Charlie like Holden Caulfield, is sexually attracted to girls, Charlie has a desire for the local girls, and bringing girls to the Dead Poets Society cave, which is very daring, and amuses the other boys. Charlie Dolton is full of enthusiasm, and doesn't take life seriously, in spite of having the same kind and attitude and opinions towards their school. Charlie has a "˜laugh' about...

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