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Catcher in the Rye - The Struggling Boy The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an enthralling and captivating novel about a boy and his struggle with life. The teenage boy ,Holden, is in turmoil with school, loneliness, and finding his place in the world. The author J.D. Salinger examines the many sides of behavior and moral dilemma of many characters throughout the novel. The author develops three distinct character types for Holden the confused and struggling teenage boy, Ackley, a peculiar boy without many friends, and Phoebe, a funny and kindhearted young girl....   [tags: essays research papers] 329 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger as Holden Caulfield - The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger as Holden Caulfield The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is home to the protagonist Holden Caulfield. There is no coincidence that he holds a striking resemblance to the author of the novel himself. Salinger seemed to have a similar childhood as Holden describes in The Catcher in the Rye. Both men also seemed to have a certain fascination with younger children, especially younger women. J.D. Salinger based one of his most famous characters, Holden Caulfield, on personal experience....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 424 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye was an interesting and controversial book. I chose to read the book because of the negative status it has with parents, teachers, and school. I wanted to discover what the roots of this controversy are. The main character who narrates throughout the book, Holden Caulfield, tells about his life before and after he is kicked from Pencey Prep. At Pencey, the only subject he got a decent grade in was English, all others he failed and didn’t show up to regularly....   [tags: essays research papers] 425 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye While reading through Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye one notices many points of similarity between Holden and other people in the world. Much of what Salinger focuses on in the book, for example the feelings, the experiences, and Holden's wants, are things the reader can relate to and understand. In a sense, Salinger typified the heart and soul of the disillusioned teenager. Yet, it goes deeper than that. Salinger created not just a mish-mash of teenage angst but an archetype that recapitulated every teenager caught between the little games of high school and the fear of adulthood....   [tags: Free Essays] 427 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, describes a period of time in a young boys life. This boy is repeatedly gets kicked out of schools and he does again in the beginning of the book. He leaves a few days before Christmas vacation starts, before his parents get notice that he has gotten kicked out of his school. He doesent want to go home early, so he just goes back to Manhattan and tries to survive on his own. Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old boy....   [tags: essays research papers] 429 words
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: Role of Allie - The Role of Allie in Catcher in the Rye        Some authors create characters that appear briefly or not at all, but are a significant presence.  Even though he was dead, Allie affected the action, theme and development of Holden.             The death of Holden's younger brother Allie played an important role in Holden's actions.  Holden could not deal with his death and showed it by causing physical harm to himself.  He did this to escape the pain he was feeling inside.  Holden said that Allie was "terrifically intelligent" and the "nicest" person.  Because Allie died so young, Holden felt that his innocence was taken away from him....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 435 words
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catcher in the rye - What was Holden’s problem. Use incidents and examples from the book to support your conclusion. In the book “The Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger. The main character of the book and narrator was Holden Caulfield, who moves from prep school to prep school. He is sixteen years old and a junior at Pencey Prep. Holden is intelligent and sensitive. Holden’s problem in this book was that he felt lonely and scared of the adult world. He was also confused about life and the people in it. Holden feels tormented by the memory of his younger brother Allie’s death....   [tags: essays research papers] 436 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye - Symbolism In the Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses different examples of symbolism throughout the novel to let the reader into the thoughts of Holden Caulfield.  Three major examples of his symbolism are the ducks with the frozen pond, Jane Gallagher, and the Museum of Natural History.  Salinger uses all three of these symbols to represent the thoughts of the central character, Holden Caulfield.     While Holden Caulfield is wondering around New York City, he asks many people what happens to the ducks when the pond freezes.  The repetition of this question symbolizes what Holden is truly asking for himself.  He isn't trying to find out what will happen...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 463 words
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Holden Caufield as Untrustworthy Narrator in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caufield as Untrustworthy Narrator in The Catcher in the Rye The problem with most first person narratives is that there is only one point of view. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caufield shares his past experiences as a distressed teenager. The entire story is told through his own troubled mind, which often distorts the experiences. Salinger portrays the reason behind Holden's immaturity by demonstrating his untrustworthy qualities. Most of Holden's views contradict themselves because of Holden's own confusion....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 472 words
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Catcher In The Rye - In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger used symbolism throughout the novel. Four major symbols were the ducks, the Museum of Natural History, the hunting hat, and Jane Gallagher. They all represent Holden in a way, and Salinger uses these symbols very well. While Holden is wandering around New York City, he asks many people about what happens to the ducks in the pond when it freezes. I think this really symbolizes Holden. He isn’t really wondering about the ducks, he is wondering about himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 482 words
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Catcher In The Rye - The Conte - J.D. Salinger is considered one of the most critically reviewed author in modern literature. In particular his only novel Catcher in the Rye has received the most criticism. The book has been constantly debate and sometimes banned in some states because of its vulgar language and sexual content. On the other hand it is used in freshmen English and praised as the greatest book in the twentieth century. Catcher in the Rye has been reviewed in many aspects. People had drawn many conclusions in trying to decipher the meaning of Catcher in the Rye and the mind behind the mysterious Salinger....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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The Theme of Hypocrisy in The Catcher In The Rye - The Theme of Hypocrisy in The Catcher In The Rye In the novel The Catcher In The Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield views his surroundings with hypocrisy and contempt in an attempt to avoid the corruption of adulthood. Holden places himself above the crowd because he believes everyone acts phony. In the process, Caulfield reveals his true problem: his refusal to change. Holden fears adulthood because it brings responsibilities and trouble. He believes all adults possess an aurora of "phoniness." His disgust of everyone around him reveals his fear of growing up....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 499 words
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The Color Red in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - As once said by Socrates, a famous Greek philosopher, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He believes people should read between the lines, and in the case of books, delve into what the author is trying to say by using symbols and imagery. To someone who does not examine the book, The Catcher in the Rye, it may seem to be about a “messed up” teenager who wanders around town and doesn’t care about life. But when a range of ______ are explored, one will find that this book has common themes of innocence, changing, growing up and also death....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 501 words
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Conflict in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, portrays many different ideas in an everyday society. These ideas and thoughts are expressed through the protagonist in the novel, Holden Morrissey. Holden views many things in society as fake or “phony” at an idealistic point-of-view. This contributes to many conflicts and biased thoughts throughout the novel. The way that Holden thinks and acts causes many conflicts to take place during the course of the novel. Because of the way he thinks, he doesn't relate to people of his own age leading to countless problems....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 505 words
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Catcher in the Rye by Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a teenage rebel who is exploring the world on his own. The author, Salinger, uses many tools to deepen the impression on the reader such as linking the title to the story in an intricate way or creating a complex name for the protagonist. The symbols used in The Catcher in the Rye are there for a just reason, an example being how the author used the title, which is also a poem, as a symbol. Salinger uses the geographical locations, such as the Museum of Natural History, as symbols as well....   [tags: symbols, style, setting]
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Fallout In the Novel, The Catcher in the Rye, salinger is an expert on using literary devices such as symbols, motifs, and themes to drive messages into a reader’s mind. One of these symbols is falling. in certain parts of the story falling comes up either swiftly or rather bluntly. the symbol of falling is an important, but at times, hidden symbol. Firstly, Holden tends to fall down flights of stairs many times. Holdens dramatic downfall begins with him getting kicked out of Pencey. As he heads out of the dorm, he shouts, “Sleep tight, ya morons!” and he says as he runs out, “Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck.” The next t...   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel] 538 words
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Preservation of Innocence In The Catcher in the Rye - Themes in literary works are central, recurring ideas or messages that allow us to understand more deeply about the characters. It is a perception about life or human nature that is often shared with the reader. In The Catcher in the Rye, there are several themes that can be found in the words and actions of the narrator, Holden Caulfield. The dominating theme in this novel is the preservation of innocence, especially of children. We can see this throughout the novel, as Holden strives to preserve innocence in himself and others....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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Free Essays - Depression in The Catcher in the Rye - Depression in The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by, J.D. Salinger is told through Holden the narrative in the story. The setting of the novel takes place in the 1940's early 1950's. Holden is sixteen years old and he has a lot of problems in his life. He becomes seriously depressed to the point he cannot deal with people and life around him. The 1940's were different from today. However, Holden Caulfield is similar to many other teenagers who go through the same problems....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 544 words
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Catcher In The Rye - In Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes through many events in just three days that seemed to impact his life a lot. He began to realize things about himself, and changes occurred within him. Now it's 35 years later and Holden has grown up, and has finally entered the real world. Holden now works for a high school as a student counselor, and deals with problems of children everyday. He is very well liked at the school and he has only been there for three years. He sometimes gets attached with the students dilemmas, but that is not necessarily a bad thing....   [tags: essays research papers] 544 words
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Immaturity of Holden in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Immaturity of Holden in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden, cannot accept that he must move out of childhood and into adulthood. One of Holden’s most important major problems is his lack of maturity. Holden also has a negative perspective of life that makes things seem worse than they really are. In addition to Holden’s problems he is unable to accept the death of his brother at a young age. Holden’s immaturity, negative mentality, and inability to face reality hold him back from moving into adulthood....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 566 words
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What is Bothering Holden in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye on the surface is a story of an ill-behaved boy wandering the streets of New York getting into all sorts of mischief. Though, when looked at past the surface, we see a story of a troubled young man that is yearning for attention, acceptance, and love. Many theories have transpired about Holden Caulfield and his problems. Among them are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and that he is just traveling through the five stages of grief. PTSD is a disorder that has symptoms such as efforts to avoid thoughts or feelings that are associated with the trauma, avoiding activities or situations that bring up memories of the trauma, lack of interest in impor...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 586 words
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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye               Catcher in the Rye by Jerome Salinger is based on a 16 year old young man.  The story takes place in New York where the main character, a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield,has many friends. He was kicked out ofPencey Prep, along with the two other schools before that, and is afraid to gohome and tell his parents.  He wassupposed to leave Pencey Prep on a Wednesday and finish out the semester andthen go home during Christmas break. Instead he leaves a few days earlier and ventures out into New YorkCity.  The story focused around thepeople he meets and the places he goes. Throughout the story, Holden has many flashbacks, where he r...   [tags: essays research papers] 586 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye - Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye Throughout the novel, the reader is presented with various symbols. The symbols are clearly made evident by Holden’s constant repetition of their importance. The symbols are so important and their symbolism is directly related to the major themes of the novel.     Allie, Holden’s young brother who died several years earlier, was a key symbol throughout the story. When Holden remembers incidents from his past involving Allie, his attitude changes, such as when he writes the composition about Allie’s baseball glove or when Holden broke his hand after punching all of the windows after Allie died....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 589 words
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Bravery in The Catcher in the Rye - The protagonist Holden Caulfield shows a lot of bravery during the course of the novel. I disagree with the quote, but I do agree that there are many references that are similar between J.F. Clarke’s quote and J. D. Salinger’s novel. Author J.F Clarke’s quote, “The bravest of individuals is one who obeys his/her conscience” can be looked upon in many ways. It also relates to J. D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist Holden Caulfield shows a lot of bravery during the course of the novel....   [tags: English Literature] 592 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The catcher and the rye is about the struggle of a boy to find a point to his life. The author of this masterpiece, J.D. Salinger, gives a flawless performance of the thoughts and feelings of a skeptical teenage boy. Holden Claufield despises the world of phonies he has come to understand. He doesn’t have many friends, and he is failing in all his classes. He has many problems along those lines, and some how, all of his problems can be related to his younger brother’s death. Holden will come to find that life is what you make of it and some times having a family that cares for you, is incredibly important....   [tags: essays research papers] 605 words
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Holden's Attitudes Toward Childhood and Adulthood in Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. In the book Holden hears a quote “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he want to live humbly for one” (Salinger 188) which he embraces as he matures throughout the story. Holden’s opinions of childhood and adulthood change as he grows through experience. Throughout the story Holden emphasizes his love for childhood innocence. In a passage he says “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the golden ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything.” (Salinger 211) This immediately points to his affinity for innocence and not havi...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 608 words
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Existentialism in Catcher in the Rye - Existentialism in Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye creates an existentialist out of Holden Caulfield by giving him a strong personal opinion, a different sense of view, and isolation. Holden's individuality and his different way of thinking creates within him an Existentialist that refuses to accept weakness but holds sympathy for the weak and vulnerable. The basis for these beliefs lies within the most commonly identifiable theme of existentialism, which states that the philosophy stresses the concrete individual existence along with the individual freedom and choice....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 615 words
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Free Essays - The Importance of Honesty in The Catcher in the Rye - The Importance of Honesty in The Catcher in the Rye "`I'm just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?'"( pg. 15) In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a sixteen year-old who is disgusted at all the phony people in the world. For example where artists sacrifice their art for fame and mothers cry fake tears in movies. The importance of not being phony and being honest is the theme that Salinger presents in this story....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 615 words
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Catcher in the Rye - Catcher in the Rye Why it is a Catch Some books, such as sleazy Wal-Mart romances, are dead as soon as they hit the shelves. These books are food for landfills, and probably remain in the hearts of only two people: the author and the 60 year old hermit woman who waits, with mossy teeth for her Fabio to swing from the vines of the book's cover (Tarzan call and all) and rescue her from soap operas and loneliness. But, there are books that pop every once in a while that last for generations....   [tags: essays papers] 617 words
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Catcher and the Rye - Outline Thesis statement: The relationship Holden and Blanche have between family and people in society leads them to an inner turmoil, which eventually results in their psychological breakdowns. I. Family A. Positive relationships in The Catcher in the Rye. 1. Phoebe is the only person who Holden needs 2. Holden is proud of D.B’s accomplishments 3. Holden truly admires the personality Allie had a.) “He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty more times intelligent” (38)....   [tags: essays research papers] 618 words
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The Communist Manifesto in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger depicts a narration of Holden Caulfield’s encounters. Holden is portrayed as a high school student that is judgmental towards adults while kinder to the youth. Holden does not want to grow up and he thinks that if one is approaching adulthood, one will turn into a phony. Holden’s leniency towards younger people, such as his sister, is because of his dilemma of growing up or not, his distaste for adult phonies, and his own childhood. Holden’s dislike for adult phonies causes him to not want to enter adulthood....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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Cather in the Rye - Catcher In The Rye This novel is a first person narrative novel. The main character Holden Caulfield tells the novel. The first few chapters are about how the private school he attended “Gave him the axe.” for not applying himself in his classes after several warnings. Holden was pretty upset about the whole deal because he knew that his parents would be disappointed with him for getting kicked out of another school. That same night Holden got onto a fight with his roommate, now very angry Holden leaves the school earlier than he is supposed to....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 640 words
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Holden's Depression in The Catcher in the Rye - Nineteen million American adults suffer from a major case of depression (Web MD). That is a staggering one in every fifteen people (2 in our classroom alone). Holden Caulfield is clearly one of those people. Depression is a disease that leads to death but is also preventable. Psychology, stressful events, and prescription drugs are causes of depression. Stressful events brought on Holden’s depression. Holden has been trying to withstand losing a brother, living with careless parents, and not having many friends....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 642 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - People go through depressing periods in their lives as teenagers, and some experience it more severely or for longer periods of time than others. In The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger expresses this time of dejection through the protagonist Holden’s thoughts and personal feelings. Holden’s tone reinforces a theme of suicide and depression. He is sarcastic, biter, and occasionally upbeat. Holden’s skepticism and sarcasm stem from his belief that many people are fake. He believes that many people are insincere in their attitudes, and in what they express publicly, like when Ernie the piano player shows off, “Anyway, when he was finished, and everybody was clapping their heads off, old...   [tags: essays research papers] 652 words
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: Keeping It Real - Keeping It Real in The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a kid named Holden Caulfield who experiences some interesting things and people. From having breakfast with a couple of nuns, to being with a prostitute, to getting kicked out of school, Holden handles each situation the best way he can. Some of the people Holden meets, he likes, but the type of people Holden cannot stand are the ‘phonies.’ Holden had met a lot of phonies in his lifetime. Holden lived in a dorm that was named after a phony, he heard a phony playing a piano, and he met his date’s phony friend....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 655 words
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: The Highly Overrated Catcher in the Rye - The Overrated Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye is probably the most frequently taught book in American high schools and colleges in the second half of the twentieth century. I am not too sure, though, if the novel deserves the position it has held for so long. The book sees the narrator, Holden Caulfield, a seventeen-year-old boy from New York City, tell the story of three days in his life. The whole narrative is a kind of therapeutic coming-to-terms-with-the-past story, since Holden obviously tells it from a psychiatric institution....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 658 words
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A Literary Analysis of The Catcher in the Rye - Written by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic fiction novel. Holden Caulfield, the main character, writes in a hospital about events that had occurred before the previous Christmas. In the text, Holden states “...I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everyone if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel]
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Overcoming Trauma in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Overcoming Trauma in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden is in a rest home, where he speaks about his past and discusses his thoughts and feelings of his memories. Holden tells about his life including his past experiences at many different private schools, most recently Pensey Prep, his friends, and his late brother Allie which led to Holden’s own mental destruction. I believe that Holden Caulfield is mentally disturbed and shows many signs of it throughout the novel....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 659 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye The world around us can be very strange at times. From space it resembles a nice round blueberry perfectly happy and content with itself without a care in the universe. But, if you take a closer look you will see poverty, famine, war, and peace all set atop one big huge chunk of liquid hot magma floating around, spinning endlessly in space. It could be said that the world is a very uncontrollable and unstable place. The word "Unstable" by definition means readily changing, lacking effective emotional control....   [tags: Papers] 668 words
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How Holden Deals with Grief in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye is about a young boy named Holden Caulfield who is going through an emotionally hard time. After leaving school due to flunking grades, Holden sets out for New York city. During his time in New York, Holden rediscovers himself and his values. Holden Caulfield values Allie’s baseball mitt before he leaves school, the museum, and the Carousel in Central Park because they remind him of his childhood, and the innocence of childhood he hates to see children lose. Holden Caulfield values his brother, Allie....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 669 words
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Holden Caulfield as Protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Holden has a bleak outlook on life, but respects the basic human qualities. He views the world as having been taken over by materialistic objects such as money and that people do not realize the importance of basic human qualities such as love and kindness. He believes that these basic human qualities can take people further than any material object can. Holden is very cynical of everything around him. He sees the worst in everything and everyone....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, protagonist] 677 words
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catcher in the rye - As defined in The American Heritage Dictionary, symbolism is defined as the practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings of significance to objects. The book “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger was the only novel he has written. The novel The Catcher in the Rye is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who’s trying to find himself and what he’s supposed to do with his life. Through his journey he gets kicked out of many schools, interacts with unusual characters, and has many different events that are unusual....   [tags: essays research papers] 682 words
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Masks in The Catcher in the Rye - Masks in The Catcher in the Rye What happen if everyone in the world is wearing a mask. That is exactly what this world is; everyone wears a mask. Most people we see every day have their true identity hidden behind a facade. Although a true identity cannot be divulge just by looking, but with a careful scrutiny of one's character will reveal to what is behind the facade. Equivalent to what happened in J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield, a typical teenager in the 50's with a morally loose, rude and obscene personality....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 686 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher In The Rye In a novel, the theme is the insight of real life. J.D. Salinger’s initiation novel, The Catcher In The Rye, describes the adventures of 16-year old Holden Caulfield, the protagonist and first person narrator, who refuses to grow up and enter manhood. The most important theme developed by Salinger is Holden’s problem of dealing with change; he has trouble dealing with death, he refuses to accept children’s loss of innocence as a necessary step in the growing-up process, and has difficulties with growing up....   [tags: essays papers] 701 words
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Symbols in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - As the source of the book’s title, this symbol merits close inspection. It first appears in Chapter 16, when a kid Holden admires for walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk is singing the Robert Burns song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.” In Chapter 22, when Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to do with his life, he replies with his image, from the song, of a “catcher in the rye.” Holden imagines a field of rye perched high on a cliff, full of children romping and playing. He says he would like to protect the children from falling off the edge of the cliff by “catching” them if they were on the verge of tumbling over....   [tags: symbolism, literary analysis]
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Free Essays - No Innocence in Catcher in the Rye - No Innocence in Catcher in the Rye Probably the greatest irony of the novel is the fact that, despite his love of "childhood innocence," Holden is and acts far from innocent himself. In fact, he is its antithesis. He acts that way for many reasons. First of all, he has so many responsibilities. Second, he never fits in with the crowd, and finally, he never gets any real help for the problems that he deals with. Holden does have a love for "childhood innocence" as seen across the book....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 715 words
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J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Literary Analysis In the book The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, characterization of Holden Caulfield reveals a classic coming-of-age story. Throughout the novel, Holden’s character develops and begins to transition from being a child to being an adult. His journey in the story helps him recognize his true identity, in both positive and negative ways. The Catcher in the Rye takes places in the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s in both Pennsylvania and New York. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, finds himself stuck in difficult situations and must find his own way out....   [tags: literary analysis] 716 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger - ... In 1951 when the book was published, there was no category of Young Adult Fiction, therefore he attracted the attention of all the readers, and all the audience, since he was creating a new genre. Nevertheless, this new genre would cause greater controversy than awe. In “The Catcher in the Rye”, the abundant words of foul language, sex and drugs, make Salinger’s main character, Holden, a pathetic man to some, and an admirable man to others. “The Catcher in The Rye” amazes some readers but offends others....   [tags: fiction, own experience] 723 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - “The Catcher in the Rye” follows the actions of its main character, Holden Caulfield, over its span of 26 chapters. Holden has just been expelled from another highly regarded school, this time Pencey Prep. As he deals with the repercussions of the fact that he does not apply himself, he decides to leave and spend the time before his parents find out of his expulsion in New York. First off he spends some time at a hotel and decides to buzz up some friends, as he would say. The only problem is that once he looks in his contacts, he only has three, so he decides to go for a drink or two....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel review] 727 words
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Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye - Censorship/banning of certain books help protect children from the evil ways of the world that they should not see until an older, more mature age. Books with cruel language and mature thoughts and circumstances should only be read by teen children or young adults. At a more mature age students are more likely to be able to comprehend the content within the book. As well as a lower chance of the students being frightened by the crude language and activities found within the text than a younger child might be....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, sex and alcohol ]
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Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield as a Modern Day Odysseus - Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield as a Modern Day Odysseus Years ago, a man named Homer wrote The Odyssey. It told about King Odysseus of Ithaca's mystical and perilous adventure home after the Trojan War. An odyssey can simply be defined as an adventure. Holden Caulfield, the main character in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, had an odyssey of his own. On his adventure in New York City, Holden encountered many tests and learning experiences. To begin with, was the encounter with Maurice and Sunny....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 742 words
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Free Essays - Individual vs. Society in Catcher in the Rye - Individual vs. Society in Catcher in the Rye In the novel Catcher in the Rye, many differences exist within the plot and between the characters. This makes the book so interesting. But what interest me, is that the main character, Holden, is the most distinctive example of a difference. Usually, societies approve of a level of uniqueness. But when individuality turns into clear differences of attitude and opinion, conflict starts to arise. Because Holden's morals and beliefs are those different from the society in which he lives in, he can't function in that particular society....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 756 words
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Growing Up in The Catcher in the Rye - Growing up poses challenges to most people at some point in their lives. 16-year-old Holden Caufield is no exception. He is an apathetic teenager who’s flunked out of many schools. Underneath the cynical exterior though, Holden is troubled. He has different methods for escaping his problems but in the end they just cause him more problems. J.D Salinger, in his novel The Catcher in the Rye shows that often times when an individual faces problems in their life they will try to find a means to escape, instead of solving them....   [tags: essays research papers] 764 words
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Free Essays - Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger gives his personal vision of the world successfully through his persona Holden Caulfield in the ‘Catcher in the Rye’. Caulfield struggles with the background of New York to portray Salinger’s theme – you must live the world as it is, not as you would like it to be. There by exposing Salinger’s vision on the world. Salinger went through many of the experiences Holden went though. Salinger much like Holden had a sister that he loved very much, in the novel Phoebe is the only person that Holden speaks highly of; both men also spent time in a mental institution; Holden is telling the story from inside a institution; they were both kicked out of prep school and most importantly the...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 773 words
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Eight Early Reviews - Eight Early Reviews of The Catcher in the Rye       Published in 1951, J. D. Salinger's debut novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was one of the most controversial novels of its time. The book received many criticisms, good and bad. While Smith felt the book should be "read more than once" (13), Goodman said the "book is disappointing" (21). All eight of the critics had both good and bad impressions of the work. Overall, the book did not reflect Salinger's ability due to the excessive vulgarity used and the monotony that Holden imposed upon the reader....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye Essay Holden wanted to be the catcher in the rye. Holden wanted to catch children before they fell off the cliff and realized how the world really is, the world is disappointing. He wanted to keep children innocent and pure. There are several quotes and examples to support this in Catcher in the Rye like when the kid was singing in the park of Radio City, the school scene, Allie’s death and Holden’s rage over Allie’s death. Allie’s death helps make Holden’s decision about wanting to be a catcher in the rye....   [tags: essays research papers] 821 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - 'If you really want to know the truth, I felt sorry for the bastard.';(54) This is just one of the colorful lines that is often repeated in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. When the book was first released, it was considered highly controversial for its time. Many people tried to ban the reading of the book in schools. Although The Catcher In The Rye has very colorful dialogue, and deals with crude topics, it still sells over 200,000 copies annually. This is why. Holden Caulfield is the main character in the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 825 words
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Holden's Pessimistic View of the World in The Catcher in the Rye - Lies, failure, depression, and loneliness are only some of the aspects that Holden Caulfield goes through in the novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger. Salinger reflects Holden’s character through his own childhood experiences. Salinger admitted in a 1953 interview that "My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book.… [I]t was a great relief telling people about it” (Wikipedia). Thus, the book is somewhat the life story of J.D. Salinger as a reckless seventeen-year-old who lives in New York City and goes through awful hardships after his expulsion and departure from an elite prep school....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 826 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - Some may say that the main character of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, is merely the average teenager, although he seems to think about sex and women quite a lot for his age of sixteen. This point can be easily argued in many ways, one example being the time Holden called a perfect stranger, Faith Cavendish, to get together at an unruly time of night. Another example of the main character’s perversion is when he hired a prostitute named Sunny, and never actually accomplished anything....   [tags: essays research papers] 835 words
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