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Unreachable Dreams in The Catcher in The Rye - Unreachable Dreams in The Catcher in The Rye      Many people find that their dreams are unreachable.  Holden Caulfield realizes this in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.  As Holden tells his story, he recounts the events since leaving the Pencey School to his psychiatrist.  At first, Holden sounds like a typical, misguided teenager, rebellious towards his parents, angry with his teachers, and flunking out of school.  However, as his story progresses, it becomes clear that Holden is indeed motivated, just not academically.  He has a purpose: to protect the young and innocent minds of young children from the "horrors" of adult society.  He hopes to freeze the ch...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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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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Free Essay on The Catcher in the Rye - Free Essay on The Catcher in the Rye The catcher in the rye is a work of fiction and a tragic-comedy. I came to choose it because I heard it is about a boy who is around my age. In this book, the main character, Holden Caulfield, tells us a story about what happened during his Christmas vacation. Holden is a sixteen-year-old boy who has flunked out of a private prep school. Because he is afraid that his parents would find out this fact, he goes to a hotel in New York City instead of going home after he leaves school for Christmas vacation....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 895 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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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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J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger's notable and esteemed novel, Catcher in the Rye, reflects the hypercritical views of a troubled teenager, Holden Caulfield, towards everyone around him and society itself. This character has a distinguished vision of a world where morality, principles, intelligence, purity, and naivety should override money, sex, and power, but clearly in the world he inhabits these qualities have been exiled. Holder desperately clings to and regards innocence as one of the most important virtues a person can have....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1237 words
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Holden and Reznor in Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caufield is a person with many mixed feelings. His happiness was left, but not forgotten in the past, and he suffers terribly because he cannot adjust to these changes to his world and also to himself. In the strong sense, looking back at the lost sense of reality that he still hangs on to, relieves him of all the troubles he has at the present time. He always compares things that happened in the past to events that happen in the present. The song, "Hurt," by Nine Inch Nails (NIN), written by Trent Reznor, represents many of the feelings Holden experiences in his time of change....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1253 words
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J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye The passage of adolescence has served as the central theme for many novels, but J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, long a staple in academic lesson plans, has captured the spirit of this stage of life in hyper-sensitive form, dramatizing Holden Caulfield's vulgar language and melodramatic reactions. Written as the autobiographical account of a fictional teenage prep school student Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye deals with material that is socially scandalous for the times (Gwynn, 1958)....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Catcher Rye Essays]
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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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Considering the Praises and Criticisms of The Catcher in the Rye - Considering the Praises and Criticisms of The Catcher in the Rye   Since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Critics have argued the moral issues raised by the book and the context in which it is presented. Some have argued that Salinger's tale of the human condition is fascinating and enlightening, yet incredibly depressing. The psychological battles of the novel's main character, Holden Caulfield, serve as the basis for critical argument....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Alcohol, Sex, and Violence in Catcher in the Rye - How Holden Deals With Alcohol, Sex, and Violence in Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, depicts how a lonely teenager, Holden Caulfield, deals with alcohol, sex, and violence. Teenagers must also deal with these problems daily. Alcohol is very predominate throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye. Alcoholic beverages are a readily available, and relatively inexpensive for minors to get. Over the past couple of years, teenage consumption of alcohol has risen dramatically....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1090 words
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Psychological Problems in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Psychological Problems in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Jerome David Salinger was a very famous American author who wrote several books. One of his most successful books was The Catcher in the Rye. Other works by Salinger include the short story collection Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High The Beam, Carpenter and Seymour....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 1489 words
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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 Essay: The Judgmental Caulfield - The Judgmental Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is a classic novel about a sixteen-year-old boy, Holden Caulfield, who speaks of a puzzling time in his life. Holden has only a few days until his expulsion from Pency Prep School. He starts out as the type of person who can't stand "phony" people. He believes that his school and everyone in it is phony, so he leaves early. He then spends three aimless days in New York City. During this time, Holden finds out more about himself and how he relates to the world around him....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 880 words
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Madonna-Whore Complex In The Catcher In The Rye - Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, suffers from a Madonna/whore complex, meaning he can only see women in two ways; as perfect and innocent or as dirty whores, without any ground in between. According to psychiatrists, this disorder may be caused by an excessive bond between one’s mother as a child, or conversely a lack of a bond, resulting in looking towards the one you love as a motherly figure, while nobody else can meet those standards. (Speyer) Holden’s experiences in this novel reveal to us this problem, as he cannot seem to deal with women at all....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 1305 words
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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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Catcher In The RyeCatcher in the Rye by Salinger - Catcher in the Rye by Salinger Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will. ~Chapter 18 Existence as it is. Well, based on Holden Caulfield's twisted neuro-functioning that is. Being the main character, the speaker and the only voice for an in-depth critique perspective in the book, Holden is the lone door to his realm....   [tags: Salinger Catcher Rye] 1228 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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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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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: The Symbolism Behind the Book - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: The Symbolism Behind the Book The Catcher in the Rye is written by J.D. Salinger. This book in particular is closely based on the life of Salinger. The symbols in this book are very highly developed and have a lot to do with the development of Holden's character and also explain how he feels about certain things in his life. The three most important symbols in this book are ducks in the pond in Central Park, the speech and discussion about digression at Mr....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1471 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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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: Symbols and Symbolism - Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", published in 1951, is his best piece of work. The story is about a sixteen-year old young man by the name of Holden Caulfield. Holden is being expelled from Pency Prep and decides to leave three days early. He chooses to not go home, enabling his parents to receive the letter that his head master at Pency Prep wrote to his parents about his expulsion. He chooses to hang around in New York until Wednesday, when he is going to be able to return home....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 826 words
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Holden's Mentality in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye - Holden's Mentality in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye A young man going through puberty, not knowing what he is doing or where he is headed, becoming increasingly insane, in a world in which he feels he doesn't belong in, and around a bunch of "phonies." This would describe the position of Holden Caulfield, the controversial protagonist and main character in The Catcher In The Rye (1951) written by J.D. Salinger. The book, all narrated by Holden in first person, in its very unique and humorous style, is about Holden, and all the troubles he has encountered through school, family, friends, and basically life....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 875 words
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Free Essays - The Metamorphosis of Holden in Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye - The Metamorphosis of Holden in Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye In J.D. Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye, is based on the sullen life of Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old teen-ager is trying to find his sense of direction. Holden, a growing adult, cannot accept the responsibilities of an adult. Eventually realizing that there is no way to avoid the adult life, he can only but accept this alternative lifestyle. What Holden describes the adult world as a sinful, corrupted life, he avoids it for three important reasons: His hatred towards phonies and liars, unable to accept adult responsibilities, and thirdly to enshrine his childhood youth....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 823 words
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden - The Thinking Man - Holden: The Thinking Man of The Catcher In The Rye Margaret Atwood defined the “thinking man” as on who resists, believes survival is a necessity, is isolated and alienated, and who is aware of the elements that make one's psyche and physical being disappear. Atwood's "thinking man" is exhibited in Holden Caulfield through the use of character, plot, and symbolism. The "thinking man" is clearly portrayed through Holden Caulfield's character. One characteristic of Atwood's "thinking man" is that of being isolated and alienated....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 967 words
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Free Essays - Catcher in the Rye Still Relevant Today - The Catcher in the Rye - Still Relevant to Today's Youth To begin, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is unique. The novel is written from the perspective of a teenager who lives in New York in the 1950's. From the context in the beginning and the end of the book, "I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy" (page 1), "I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school I'm supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don't feel like it" (page 213), we can infer that Holden Caulfield,...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 888 words
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden and His Phony Family - Holden and His Phony Family in The Catcher in the Rye       The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, interacts with many people throughout J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, but probably none have as much impact on him as certain members of his immediate family. The ways Holden acts around or reacts to the various members of his family give the reader a direct view of Holden's philosophy surrounding each member.             Holden makes reference to the word "phony" forty-four separate times throughout the novel (Corbett 68-73)....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: The Fake Holden - Fake Holden in The Catcher in the Rye   In The Catcher in the Rye, a boy named Holden Caulfield is faced with the obstacles of both society and life as he struggles to find direction as well as his relationship with the world. From page one, the reader can both understand and relate to what Holden has to say about the society in which we live and the way in which people in that society govern themselves. The more we read the more we identify with Holden Caulfield. It seems like the typical, adolescent dilemma: How do I find my place in this life....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1631 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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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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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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Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye - The Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye In many novels written by J.D. Salinger, there is a recurring theme of love that arises and that indicates the character of the individual in the novel. Salinger uses love in the context of being a device that is used to protect and to care for people who need protecting and caring. In Salinger's novel, Catcher in the Rye, love is used by a character, Holden Caulfield, who struggles desperately to find a certain somebody or anyone to allocate his love to, but realizes finally, that this love is not necessarily expressed through saving " the children in the rye" from the time of trial, but actually caring for them and being th...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Free Essays - The Phony Holden of Catcher in the Rye - The Phony Holden of Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger writes about a young man who is very distraught after World War II. In Salinger's only published novel The Catcher in the Rye he talks about a young man who does not understand society and the surroundings he lives in. He keeps referring back to how everyone and everything around him is a phony. He makes himself seem unreliable by telling the reader that he lies openly. In the novel Holden is what you would call an unreliable narrator....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1438 words
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A Rebel on His Way to Adulthood in The Catcher in the Rye - Ever since I read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ – I was 17 then – I have tried to explain myself why this book is so significant. Why is it so hated and adored at the same time. I must confess I hadn’t heard anything about Salinger till I watched ‘Conspiracy Theory’. If you don’t remember I’ll tell you that the movie was about this taxi driver Jerry Fletcher who traced conspiracy in everything and all of sudden one of his theories came to be true. Mel Gibson was incredible playing a man who was funny and serious, brilliant and a bid mad....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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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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Free Essays - Troubled Holden in Catcher in the Rye - Troubled Holden in Catcher in the Rye In J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a young, troubled individual. He tells us his story from the mental institution where he is currently residing. Holden refuses to acknowledge his emotions in regard to the death of his brother Allie. In reaction to Allie's death, Holden hides from himself, his true feelings about change, death and relationships with other people. He does not realize that his Allie died of leukemia three years before this story takes place....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 934 words
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Failed Support Systems in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Failed Support Systems in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Life is difficult especially for a teenager as they try to discover themselves. To make this journey of self-discovery alone is especially difficult. Support systems offer guidance and comfort along the way. The primary support system are parents. They begin the preparations for a child to take his place in society. Religion offers moral guidance. Friends offer positive self-esteem and encouragement. In the book, the Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, has none of these support systems....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1035 words
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Rebel with a Delicate Psyche - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye provides a provocative inquiry into the crude life of a depressed adolescent, Holden Caulfield. Without intensive analysis and study, Holden appears to be a clearly heterosexual, vulgar yet virtuous, typical youth who chastises phoniness and decries adult evils. However, this is a fallacy. The finest manner to judge and analyze Holden is by his statements and actions, which can be irrefutably presented. Holden Caulfield condemns adult corruption and phoniness but consistently misrepresents himself and is a phony as well as a hypocrite....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1138 words
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: Holden as the Typical Teenager - Holden as the Typical Teenager of Today Holden Caulfield, portrayed in the J.D. Salinger novel Catcher in the Rye as an adolescent struggling to find his own identity, possesses many characteristics that easily link him to the typical teenager living today. The fact that the book was written many years ago clearly exemplifies the timeless nature of this work. Holden's actions are those that any teenager can clearly relate with. The desire for independence, the sexually related encounters, and the questioning of ones religion are issues that almost all teens have had or will have to deal with in their adolescent years....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1021 words
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A Letter from Holden from Catcher in the Rye - A Letter from Holden from Catcher in the Rye Dear Holden, Hi mate, what’s gone wrong with you. I can’t believe this has happened to you. You were fine when I left, after Allie dying and all. You know when I last saw you I was with Rachel (The English Actress). Well I proposed to her and she said yes. I am organising our honeymoon and the wedding so I am a bit tied up at the moment. So that is why I am writing a letter and not coming down to see you in person. In your previous letter, on a few occasions, you seemed to talk as if you were a different person....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Essays] 1170 words
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden Caulfield - A Nice Kid in a Cruel World - Holden Caulfield - A Nice Kid in a Cruel World       Over the years, members of the literary community have critiqued just about every author they could get their pen on.  One of the most popular novels to be critiqued has been J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.  In favorable critiques, Holden Caulfield is a good guy stuck in a bad world. He is trying to make the best of his life, though ultimately losing that battle. Whereas he aims at stability and truth, the adult world cannot survive without suspense and lies....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays - Holden Runs, be He Cannot Hide - Catcher in the Rye - Holden Runs, be He Cannot Hide While reading Catcher in the Rye, one can easily see that Holden has a certain romantic view about his world. Holden thinks in a particular romantic way about almost everyone and everything. This unusual view upon the world actually hinders Holden rather then helps him throughout the story. By his own actions Holden is harming himself, not necessarily physically. Holden has an idealized view of the world, is introspective, and he celebrates the freedom of his spirit....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1005 words
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Catcher In The Rye - CATCHER IN THE RYE The book, Catcher in the Rye, has been steeped in controversy since it was banned in America after its first publication. John Lennon’s assassin Mark Chapman, asked the former Beatle to sign a copy of the book earlier in the morning of the day he murdered Lennon. Police found the book in his possession upon apprehending the psychologically disturbed Chapman. However, the book itself contains nothing that might have lead Chapman to act as he did. It could have been just any book that he was reading the day he decided to kill John Lennon and as a result, it was the Catcher in the Rye, a book describing a nervous breakdown, that caused the media to speculate widely ab...   [tags: essays research papers] 1349 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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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher In The Rye “Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us and chucks us aside” (David Herbert Lawrence). Well-written works of literature have the undeniable ability to kidnap readers, carry them away into the story’s imaginary world, and hold the reader for ransom, away from a world where they may not be anticipating the return. This type of literary escape is scarce in today’s fast-paced society. One is submitted into a fantasy, in which opinions and ideas about the characters and situations expand beyond all possibilities....   [tags: Essays Papers] 910 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye In Jerome David Salinger’s book The Catcher in the Rye the difficulties In Holden’s life sends you through a thrilling adventure through all Holden have been through. The short story Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut also shows the drama of a little girl named Ramona. Ramona has an alcohol addictive mother who thinks Ramona is in serious trouble. Ramona’s mother creates an imagery friend from Ramona to help her out with things and to keep her company while she is playing....   [tags: essays research papers] 1261 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 Catcher in the Rye can be strongly considered as one of the greatest novels of all time and Holden Caufield distinguishes himself as one of the greatest and most diverse characters. His moral system and his sense of justice force him to detect horrifying flaws in the society in which he lives. However, this is not his principle difficulty. His principle difficulty is not that he is a rebel, or a coward, nor that he hates society, it is that he has had many experiences and he remembers everything....   [tags: essays research papers] 1924 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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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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Catcher In The Rye - "If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it. A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us." - Franz Kafka This quote from Franz Kafka explains that the value that literature can have to a person. When an author writes a piece of literature the author must connect, and awaken the readers sole. He must bring new life to the readers thoughts and ideas and awaken their sole. The ice-axe in Kafka’s quote is the pen of the author, while the sea frozen inside us is the mind and thoughts of the reader....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 729 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger published by The New American Library in 1951 is one of, if not the most popular and controversial books written by Salinger. The main character is a teenage boy named Holden Caulfield. He casually explains a certain time of transition in his life. It is a time of adventures and deep thought. Holden has his own view of the world and for 192 pages, he allows the reader to see the world through his eyes. He comes across many people at this time and refers to the general society as "phonies"....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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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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catcher in the rye - The Catcher in the Rye is the definitive novel of a young man’s growing pains, of growing up in pain. Growing up is a ritual – more deadly than religion, more complicated than baseball, for there seem to be no rules. Everything is experienced for the first time.” To What extent do you agree with this passage. Do you agree that Catcher in the Rye is the definitive novel of a young man’s growing pains, of growing up in pain. Do you agree that growing up is a ritual. You need to identify whether or not you agree with this passage, and then you need to justify/support your answer....   [tags: essays research papers] 1240 words
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Catcher in the Rye - “The Member Of The Wedding” and “The Catcher The Rye” are both similar novels in the way adolescents want to belong to a group of people but there is one major difference. Frankie is looking to grow up so that she can fit in with the people around her while Holden wants to avoid adulthood completely as he sees the adult world as being false and corruptible. In “Member Of The Wedding Frankie feels like she doesn’t fit in to a child’s world. This is due to a number of reasons. She wishes now to belong to a more adult society....   [tags: essays research papers] 1415 words
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Catcher in the Rye - Over 50 years ago, an author named J.D. Salinger wrote one of the best novels that I have ever read. This story is entitled, The Catcher in the Rye. The Catcher in the Rye is an excellent story narrated by the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden is a confused 16 year old, who is struggling to find himself. He is a very cynical and hypocritical young man. Throughout the entire story, Holden points out all of the flaws of every person he is associated with, and actually says that he dislikes almost every one of them....   [tags: essays research papers] 1060 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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The Catcher In The Rye - Holden’s Journey As we pass through this life it is our duty to discover our destiny. Some of us go to college and become Doctors, Lawyers, Architects. Others of us cherish the finer things in life and find our places on farms and Dude Ranches. The point is, every living creature has a place in this world and we are ultimately steered in its direction. Holden Caulfield’s voyage began when his brother died of Leukemia. Holden was emotionally destroyed by the loss of not only his brother, but his best friend also....   [tags: essays research papers] 1101 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye Plot Overview The Catcher in the Rye is set in the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is currently undergoing treatment in some sort of medical facility. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old. Holden's story begins on the Saturday following the end of classes at the Pencey prep school in Agerstown, Pennsylvania....   [tags: Papers] 1780 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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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye The setting of this story takes place in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. The home of Pency boarding school. Pency is a college prep schools that advertises only the best things about it and never mentions how much the students will hate going there. On the brochure there is a fake, imaginary student that does not exist playing polo. In real life, there are a couple hundred spoiled little rich students whose parents do not want the trouble of raising them. In the beginning of the story Holden is watching the Friday night football game from a hill....   [tags: essays research papers] 803 words
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catcher in the rye - Holden’s True Love Children: spirited, loveable, cute, and something that a society could not live without. But when ones life is so rotated around children like JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye character, Holden, one loses all conscious and can only find happiness when with children or thinking about them. Holden can only find genuine love in children, for they have not learned the dreadful prerequisite of life, “phonieness.” He hates the artificiality that adults eventually acquire because all his good memories remain in his youth and his life with young children his age....   [tags: essays research papers] 1402 words
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