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Use Of Symbolism In The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby - Use Of Symbolism In “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby” There are many writers like James Joyce, Patrick Kananach and Thomas Moore who use symbolism to convey and support indirect meaning in their writings. J.D. Salinger and F. Scott Fitzgerald both use symbolism in similar ways. In both “The Catcher In The Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”, the authors used symbolism to convey emotions and reality.      In “The Catcher In The Rye”, J.D. Salinger uses Holden’s red hunting cap, the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and “kings in the back row” as symbols whose meanings help tell the story....   [tags: Catcher In the Rye Great Gatsby] 802 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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The Reason Behind the Censorship of Salinger's Catcher In The Rye - The Reason Behind the Censorship of Salinger's Catcher In The Rye Many charges have been made against J.D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in attempts to censor the book. Most of these charges are used as a smoke-screen for the real reason this book is considered "dangerous". There have been several attempts to have Salinger's novel removed from High School libraries and reading lists. The most notable instances are: 1978 -- it was removed from an optional reading list at a High School in Issaquah, Wa....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden - The Misfit Hero - The Misfit Hero of The Catcher In The Rye       The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger was published in 1951. "A recurring theme in J.D. Salinger's stories concerns people who don't fit in with the traditional American Culture. Salinger's 'misfit heroes', unlike the rest of society, are caught in the struggle between a superficial world and a conscious morality" (1 Wildermuth). In his attempt to create a new and realistic portrayal of the times, Salinger first, effectively creates Holden Caulfield, the main character....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Themes of Society and Growing Up - Themes of Society and Growing Up in The Catcher in the Rye      In reading J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye, one is compelled to have a very strong reaction to the contents of the book.  Whether that reaction is negative or positive, it is unquestionable that the reader will give the novel a second thought after reading it.  There could be many reasons why this novel has such an impact on the readers.  It may be the use of Salinger's catchy slang phrases, bitingly sarcastic and usually negative, grabbing the attention of the reader.  Another possibility is Holden, the novel's subject and lead character.  "He describes everything as 'phony', is constantly in search of sincerit...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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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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The Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caufield - The Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caufield In J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden Caufield, describes in detail the parts of his life and his environment that bother him the most. He faces these problems with a kind of naivety that prevents him from fully understanding why it is that he is so depressed. His life revolves around his problems, and he seems helpless in evading them. Among others, Holden finds himself facing the issues of acceptance of death, growing up, and his own self-destructiveness....   [tags: In J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye] 748 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden and the Complexity of Adult Life - Holden and the Complexity of Adult Life What was wrong with Holden, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D.Salinger, was his moral revulsion against anything that was ugly, evil, cruel, or what he called "phoney" and his acute responsiveness to beauty and innocence, especially the innocence of the very young, in whom he saw reflected his own lost childhood.  There is something wrong or lacking in the novels of despair and frustration of many writers. The sour note of bitterness and the recurring theme of sadism have become almost a convention, never thoroughly explained by the author's dependence on a psychoanalytical interpretation of a major character....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 1175 words
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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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Catcher in the Rye Essay: Holden’s Metamorphosis - Holden's Metamorphosis in The Catcher in the Rye       J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is the chronicle of a young man's metamorphosis from immaturity to unsure manhood. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, is a sixteen-year old boy who leaves the prep school he has been expelled from to escape the frightening reality of dealing with his parents. However, during his visit to New York City he is faced with the harsh reality that he cannot continue to hold onto his childhood. Holden is an extremely complex character and it is only by examining each layer of him that the reader is able to understand his painful metamorphosis....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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The Morality of Reading The Catcher in the Rye in School - The Morality of Reading The Catcher in the Rye in School The story of The Catcher In The Rye, can and is misinterpreted by many people. It is very easy to find The Catcher In The Rye immoral if you are reading the book only to prove that idea. This is so because you can ignore the good things and ideas the author is trying to convey by using certain incidents that might be labeled wrong. On the other hand, if you are reading the book and taking that extra step to analyze the things that Holden Caulfield does and the things that happens to him you end up having a greater appreciation for the novel and what it says....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Education Essays] 958 words
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Childhood and Adulthood in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Childhood and Adulthood in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger     Holden Caulfield sees childhood as the ideal state of being. He thinks adulthood is filled with corrupt people. The only way anyone can win in the adult world is if the cards are stacked in his favor. The characters in The Catcher in the Rye play a diverse set of roles in the war between childhood and adulthood.       Children do not think of appearances very highly, but in order to be respected in the adult world you must always look your best....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger Papers]
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Holden's Depression in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Everybody feels depressed at some time or another in their lives.  However, it becomes a problem when depression is so much a part of a person's life that he or she can no longer experience happiness.  This happens to the young boy, Holden Caulfield in J.D Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye.  Mr. Antolini accurately views the cause of Holden's depression as his lack of personal motivation, his inability to self-reflect and his stubbornness to overlook the obvious which collectively results in him giving up on life before he ever really has a chance to get it started....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger Papers]
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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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Ambiguity in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Sylvia Plath’s The Ball Jar, and Richard Heller’s Catch 22 - Ambiguity in literature after World War II reflects and explores issues of self and society. These two ideas often work against each other instead of coexisting to form a struggle-free existence. J. D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, and Richard Heller illustrate this struggle with their works. These authors explore ambiguity through different characters that experience the world in different ways. Identity, while it is an easy concept, can be difficult to attain. These authors seek out ambiguity with the human experience, coming to different conclusions....   [tags: american literature, catcher in the rye, the ball ]
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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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The Catcher in the Rye - ... I almost wished I was dead.’ Several critics have alleged Caulfield of being so self-involved that any character in his narrative, with the exception of his sister Phoebe alone, lost all authenticity, but Salinger allows his reader to side with his hero, even though he charts out little that his protagonist does in order to attain a reconciliation of sorts with the new paradigm of society, save his recuperating stint at the sanitarium from where he recounts his story. What then constitutes this solidarity with the protagonist, who finds his teachers, batchmates, fellow New Yorkers ‘phony’....   [tags: characteristics of Holden Caulfield]
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye, written by respected author J.D. Salinger, remains a famous novel for teenagers of every background. Many events from Salinger’s early life appear in The Catcher in the Rye as he portrays himself as the main character. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel, struggles to figure out his place in the world and seems to be caught between childhood and adulthood, a teenager in today's world. Constantly misunderstood, Holden explains to the readers the many life-scenarios he is currently going through....   [tags: literature, JD.Salinder, novel]
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye tells the odyssey of an adolescent who criticizes the post-World War II society occupied with empty and meaningless goals. Throughout the novel, Holden labels everyone as “phonies”. However, if everyone is a phony, does this include Holden. Since the first-person point of view severely limits the type of information received and chose to be given, the readers have to reinterpret the information Holden gives us. Instead of focusing on plot development, Salinger concentrates on character development....   [tags: literary analysis, holden]
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The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is a peculiar teenager. He's hypocritical, cynical, dishonest, and most of all...confused. All of these traits add up to an unreliable narrator, to say the least. You can never take what Holden says at face value: you have to read between the lines. In between the lines lies the fact that he is extremely lonely, and that his fear of abandonment causes him to isolate himself in opposition to that. He often tries to cover this up from both himself and outsiders, hence the lying and contradictory nature of his thoughts....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Holden Caulfield, Character]
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The Catcher in the Rye - Americans today tend to believe that normalcy is expected, while individuality is often rejected. Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. by J.D. Salinger, the author exposes the reader to the character Holden and his tale of coming of age. Holden wants to keep his life simple with his own individuality by not conforming to what society considers normal. Even though society expects people to behave in a "correct way", personality and individuality play an important role in allowing oneself to learn from the decisions and actions one may make in life....   [tags: Americans, Society, Normalcy, Individuality]
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The Catcher in the Rye - In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden expresses certain attributes of someone who is troubled with anxiety issues. From his disliking of activities to his obsessions of avoiding social anxiety and phonies, Holden exhibits improper language, depression, insomnia, and detachment, which together uniquely and clearly characterize him as mentally disturbed. However, at some points in the novel, Holden has an advanced language compared to that of Stradlater, Ackley, and others. In the beginning of the story, for example, while Holden was recalling a book he read, Holden says that he’s “Quite illiterate...but [reads] a lot” (Salinger 18)....   [tags: literary analysis, JD Salinger]
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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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The Catcher in the Rye - ... He tells her about him getting kicked out of Pencey and his endeavors since then. He leaves and decides to stay the night at one of his old teacher’s house, but when he wakes up in the middle of the night and finds him petting him on the head, decides to split and spend the night at Grand Central Station. The following day Holden came to the conclusion that he will find his way towards the west to his brother D.B., who resides there. He goes to Phoebe’s school to hand her a note and they meet at the museum on the way to their house....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel review] 727 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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A Literary Analysis of The Catcher in the Rye - ... Socially awkward, Holden struggles to maintain a firm relationship of any form. He has difficulties with trying not to judging others harshly, referring to few people in the novel positively. Holden is told repeatedly that he never applies himself and avoids his problems. After his argument with his roommate Ward Stradlater, Holden leaves Pencey early to avoid further confrontation. An elevator man at his hotel offers Holden a prostitute for $5, to which he agrees. Once the prostitute arrives, Holden feels uncomfortable and attempts to make her leave....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel]
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The Catcher In the Rye, Banned For a Reason - ... Another way the book can negatively influence its young readers is through its prominent usage of profane and slang words. There are many examples of inappropriate words being used by the main character alone. “Game, my ass. and “I don’t give a damn,” are about as child-friendly as it gets. The book also encounters the words: sonuvaitch, bastard, crap, god damn, Jesus, Christ-sake, and more. The F-word is also mentioned six times in the book. Many people wonder that since the average adolescent uses roughly 80 to 90 swear words a day, why should it matter that they read about them....   [tags: negative influence for young readers] 880 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 Themes of The Catcher in the Rye - ... To Holden, the children in the rye are representative of innocence and purity, a state he wishes he could return to, to avoid growing up and becoming an adult—going off the symbolic cliff. Americans of the 1950s identified with this nostalgia for the ignorant bliss of children, for a time before the disillusionment of the Cold War. The themes of childhood innocence and the death of its purity in adulthood that Holden’s sentimental dream symbolizes reflect the struggle that young Americans growing up during the Cold War had faced when trying to reconcile their burgeoning sense of morality with their fear of what adults were capable of doing to the world....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, story and character analysis]
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Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye - ... It gives the audience a real world scenario, so that we may deepen the understanding of literature. That is a vital difference, and school systems should educate children to see differences. Truly educated people can make distinctions. Furthermore, the book prepares teenagers and young adults of what the real world is to bring. There are emotionally disturbed people out there just like Holden Caulfield. The real world holds the explicit language that the book often uses along with the lifestyles of the characters in the book....   [tags: Relatability, Higher Education, Content]
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Childhood Immaculateness in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... After Stradlater comes back from his date with Jane, Holden grows angry at him and punches him. Stradlater’s lack of respect for Jane pushes Holden over the edge and causes the boys to fight. Holden is angered by the fact that Stradlater “doesn’t even care if a girl kept all her kings in the back row or not”(44). While Stradlater only cares about Jane in a physical manner, Holden honestly got to know Jane and what she was like. The kings that Holden mentions show how childish Jane was at the time....   [tags: catcher, lessons, checkers, profanity] 1028 words
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The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger - J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye depicts a short span in the life of a sixteen-year-old boy who has a lot to say about others yet recognizes little about himself, in the beginning of the book. Holden Caulfield is not your typical bildungsroman protagonist. From open to close, the story only details a few days of life. This novel gives a new twist to the typical Bildungsroman story, as many might question if Holden ever does mature by the end of the book but it's observed that Holden goes through character development, despite it being in the last moment of the book itself, as he c...   [tags: holden, phoebe]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden interprets people's action differently because according to him, everyone has different motives. In Holden’s mind, he seems to think that all his surrounding is phony because it isn’t to his expectation. Holden doesn't think of himself as a phony because he thinks something sets him apart from all the other phonies that surround him. Holden perceives himself as a good guy with a heart that can't be distinguished from other people. The only thing that he considers worth of value is a child's innocence....   [tags: story and character analysis] 872 words
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J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... Holden Caulfield, throughout the novel, excludes himself and seems to be victimized by the world around him. His isolation is a form of protection for himself, but it is also the source of his problems. Holden’s sense of superiority is a cause of his isolation; he is trying to prove to others that he is above interacting with them. His alienation is the cause of most of his problems; this is an example of one of his weaknesses. His weakness in shown in the novel when Holden describes the football game saying, “I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill…You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place…You could hea...   [tags: literary analysis] 716 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... This is exactly what happens to Holden Caulfield when he expelled from Pencey Prep School. He thinks being alone and taking care of himself with no help is what is suitable for him. Holden eventually sees that being antisocial has in some ways had more of a hindering effect on his life rather than benefiting him in any way; he is also worried about being a negative impact in anyone’s life (Salinger 115). He spends the book contending every opportunity he is given to be responsible. Holden finally finds a way to accept responsibility with his sister Phoebe when he realizes that “he cannot be responsible for taking her away from what she finds hopeful and good even in the world he so distr...   [tags: accepting responsibility]
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Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye - ... Later on the author writes, “... and then she stood up and pulled her dress over her head”(Salinger, 94). Both of these examples show that sexual content and prostitution are presented throughout this book and these could in fact be impressionable to young minds. Keep in mind that these are not the only times throughout the book that this content is seen. Throughout the book crude words are used from four to over two-hundred times. The cruel word that is most commonly used is “goddam”, which Salinger started using early on in the book....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, sex and alcohol ]
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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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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... As the time to meeting Phoebe comes close, Holden reveals more events that he has experienced with Phoebe. Holden's memories of Phoebe and his actions that led him towards going back to meet Phoebe are actions which withhold him from becoming his definition of successful. Holden's unique definition of success can be contemplated due to the actions that he chooses to take and the negative consequences of these decisions and how they affect him. Initially, Holden was going to a prestigious school with several opportunities to live a successful life although, his choice to fail all his classes which eventually forced him to be kicked out, ruined his chances of living a successful life....   [tags: nostalgia, story and character analysis] 869 words
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Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye - ... The people Holden talks about in his life, whether it is his friends or family, can remind the audience, to some degree, of the people in their life they have to deal with. This book is also related to many teens that are depressed and angry about the world. Throughout the story, Holden talks about how much he hates the world and how fake people are. Even I can relate to some of his thoughts about hating the world, so I am sure that there are plenty of teens that can relate too. When he was on his date with Sally he started ranting about how much he hated school and the 'phonies' he has to deal with: " 'I'm ought to go to a boys' school sometime....   [tags: Literary Content, Relatability]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... J.D. Salinger enhanced his novel by using appealing writing styles. Holden’s realistic language, as first person narrator, directly grabbed the attention of readers. Even though Salinger consistently used colloquial language filled with slang, this allowed better understanding of conflict between adolescents and adult society and developed a connection to younger readers. Holden insists on speaking his mind without unnecessary embarrassment or extended apology just like authentic young people (Reiff 68)....   [tags: story analysis] 1088 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by Holden Caulfied - ... He is failing school on purpose so that he can stay back and be a kid forever. Throughout the story Holden refuses to take the responsibility to communicate with other people that may help him. For example, when he is kicked out of Pencey he does not go and talk to his parents directly because he is too afraid to assume the consequences of his actions. After Holden gets of the train he tries to give someone a call but can’t think of who to call. “My kid sister Phoebe goes to bed around nine o’clock--so I couldn’t call her up....   [tags: childhood, adulthood, transition] 994 words
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Censorship and The Catcher In The Rye - If someone is a fan of MTV and watches the majority of their shows he or she may sometimes hear innumerable beeps instead of words. He or she may hear beeps instead of words because the things people are saying are being censored. In Catcher and the Rye, the language or the situations going on cannot be censored because it is a book. By it being a book it can be banned from being sold certain places or not available in public/school libraries. The argument that I have about Catcher and the Rye is, should it be banned or not be banned in schools....   [tags: Teenage Pregnancy, Inappropriate Language]
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Book Report on the Catcher in the Rye - ... After he is finished Stradlater returns, since Holden still has interest in Jane Gallagher he tries to find out if they hooked up or not and since Stradlater is elusive towards his question, we finally get to see Holdens short temper be showcased. He tackles Stradlater to the ground and ends up losing the fight with a bloody nose. At that point Holden has lost what little interest he had in staying at Pencey and leaves right then and there and goes to New York. He gets what seems like a really nice hotel and tries to use that to pick up chicks but he does not get lucky....   [tags: laziness, protection, humor, confrontation]
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The Catcher In the Rye: Genuine or Phony? - J.D. Salinger published Catcher in The Rye in 1951. The main protagonist in the novel, Holden Caulfield experiences many conflicts and predicaments. It is common for Holden to hold opinions on characters throughout the book. His opinionated nature shows that human interactions mean a lot to him. Holden generally likes genuine people opposed to phony people. The comparison of genuine and phony is shown throughout the novel, especially when Holden meets new people. His true personality is shown to the reader when we see whom he respects and despises....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden would rather volunteer to sit on top of a bomb and die then to go to war. Mr. Spencer is another minor character Salinger uses to illustrate Holden’s view of adults. Holden sees Mr. Spencer as someone old and dependent. Mr. Spencer is someone who doesn’t “know his ass from his elbow” (12). This shows Holden’s view of adulthood, an old age where they become dependent on others and become ill and old. Holden doesn’t see adults as smart either, mainly because they don’t understand him. Salinger uses Mr....   [tags: story and character analysis] 644 words
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The Catcher in the Rye: Salinger's Autobiography - America during the 1940s and into the 1950s saw post-war prosperity, the introduction of household conveniences such the modern CPI and the washing machine, and an increase of enrollment into prep schools. Novelist J.D. Salinger uses his own experiences and the emotional impact they had as major influences on his work. Salinger’s life of solitude, military service in WWII and the childhood he spent as a prep school student is reflected directly through the actions and thoughts of Salinger’s most recognized character, Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye....   [tags: self-identification, adolescence, holden]
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J.D. Salinger's A Catcher in the Rye - ... Our freedom of speech, and our freedom to read what we choose have been limited due to groups protesting certain titles. Trying to ban books is hurting our culture more than it is helping. Books cannot be taken off of the shelves at the rate that they are today. The act of book banning puts limitations on what authors can say, and what readers can read. The banning of books in America is a violation of our first amendment rights. Amendment one, by James Madison, of the United States Constitution states as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right...   [tags: censorship, banned classics]
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Holden Caulfield and The Catcher in the Rye - A Character Sketch of Holden Caulfield In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is the main character that the book revolves around. He is a seventeen year old boy that sometimes acts immature: "Some times I act like I'm thirteen" (13). He stands tall measuring six feet two and a half. Even though he is young, one side of his head is "Full of millions of grays hairs" (13). This grey air seems unusual and atypical because he had it since he was a child. Most people know him say he acts like he is twelve, including his father....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” (17). When Holden first puts on his hat, he had just gotten back from meeting with Mr. Spencer, his history teacher. Mr. Spencer gave Holden advice about his grades and about life. He also talks to him about being kicked out of Pencey. At that point, Holden would have needed or wanted help, possibly from Allie. Also, when Holden tells the reader what Allie is like, he says, “I’ll tell you what kind of hair he [Allie] had…he was sitting there, about a hundred and fifty yards behind me…that’s the kind of red hair he had” (38)....   [tags: story and character analysis] 791 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Do you ever wish you could return to the early time of your existence where the innocence and purity of childhood enveloped you on a day-to-day basis. These were the times when committing wrong doings were not only met with meager consequences, but also expected of you by the parental guardians or guides in your life. In "The Catcher in the Rye" , written by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, expresses his yearning for this feeling continuously throughout this detailed depiction of a struggling young man who craves nothing more than to make the dream he has given his entire being to, into a reality he can physically experience....   [tags: depression, holden caulfield]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - J.D Salinger writes from personal experience in his novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The American author lived in New York City and attended a Manhattan public school for most of his adolescence before attending a boarding school that he soon failed out of. His experiences were a major part in not only the plot of his novel, but in building the character of Holden Caulfield. As the male protagonist in this coming of age novel, Holden Caulfield was faced with several obstacles to overcome. During his journey he deals with stress, anxiety, and difficult decisions while he was exposed to prostitutes, thieves, financial difficulty, and other foreign aspects of this unfamiliar reality....   [tags: biography, emotions, conscious]
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The Catcher in the Rye Should Be Banned - ... Release a “PG version” that would omit the uses of “G.D.” but leave uses of milder curse words like “Hell” or “damn”. This way if people are choosing not to read the book because of corse, offensive language then this version may be more approachable to them than the original version. For example, on page 76, when Holden is thinking about when Stradlater and Jane Gallagher were in Ed Banky’s car together Holden says, “I sat down in this vomity-looking chair in the lobby and thought about her and Stradlater sitting in that goddam Ed Banky’s car, and though I was pretty damn sure old Stradlater hadn’t given her the time-I know Jane like a book...” This sentence would now read as follows in...   [tags: J.D. Sallinger novel should be censored]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Through the use of imagery Salinger is able to display the direct actions done by Phoebe that had really stuck with Holden's memories. Every action that is brought up shows a part of Phoebe that Holden loves. Holden loves the young, innocent, and smartness of kids. So therefore Salinger used a lot of description to further display why Holden believed that Phoebe was so great. Holden likes the kids so much that he says that they kill him “That kills me. Old Phoebe” (68). Many of the actions that Phoebe does “kills” him whenever she does something....   [tags: story and character analysis] 974 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... After his brother's death he starts viewing the world in a entire different way. The slightest things depress him and it is rare for him to find things that did not. "What I did I started talking sort of out loud to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very angry or depressed." (Salinger,98). He says this when he is visited by a prostitute. Whenever something depresses or confuses him he refers back to Allie ,which is most of the time. "Everyone can leave....everyone except Allie" (Salinger, 136)....   [tags: story and character analysis] 959 words
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Siddhartha and The Catcher in the Rye - ... He treated the people he met as equals, regardless of their character, because to him, everyone was everything they once were, and everything they will become; he treated everyone as the Buddha that they will inevitably become. Siddhartha, once nearing perfection, felt close to everyone he met. He felt that “They did not appear so strange to him as they once had; he understood them. She shared their lives.” [3] This wise understanding that Siddhartha obtained is what set apart his once similar judgements towards people, as Holden maintained; to an accepting and loving view towards everyone....   [tags: story analysis and comparison] 1028 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... Spencer asked because Holden was flunking at Pencey Prep and he heard that Holden didn’t do well at this school either. Holden then goes on to explain that the reason he left Elkton Hills because everyone there were “phonies”. Holden says “I can’t stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed it drives me crazy” (Salinger 14). This just explains in itself that Holden has bipolar disorder. Saying that he gets so depressed and crazy at the same time is a drastic mood swing. Being overly depressed is a sign of bipolar disorder....   [tags: Holden Caulfield, character analysis]
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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The ducks, When it gets all frozen over?'(Salinger 18-20.). This quote presents his need to stay the same. He doesn't want to be like the ducks and fly away to somewhere new and change their ways. Holden knows the answer to this rhetorical question. He just doesn't want to acknowledge the fact that the ducks move on in life and change frequently. He wants the ducks to be frozen in the lake forever but this isn't the true reality in life, things always have to change and life goes on no matter what, you can’t freeze in time and live in the past like Holden wishes too....   [tags: beliefs, holden caufield] 1591 words
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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger - ... My guess is he would probably think about suicide but instead of thinking of it he would actually suicide. His brother meant a lot to him, he wants him to be still alive in the world that why he did not went to the funeral, because if he goes he will be forced to admit that his brother is death and he will have extreme grief towards the rest of his pitiful life. By acting this way Holden we can see that Holden is not growing up and doesn’t want to. In the novel there is a lot of character that Holden hate but one of them is even worst he absolutely hate is name is Ackley....   [tags: ducks, holden caufield] 1012 words
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Social Classes in The Catcher and the Rye - I sit waiting in my roommates’ apartment here in Canton—I live there as well. I am strapped for cash waiting on my care box (a box full of food and goodies) and an envelope full of cash from my parents. I’m a college student—and I depend on parents for my money and everything else—well for the most part. So I don’t want to eat a lot of my roommates’ food because he is already allowing me to stay here pretty much free of charge although I do pay. I look through my last box of goodies to see if I could find anything....   [tags: money, hieracrhy, rich, social] 1862 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s classic coming of age tale The Catcher in the Rye, entices readers through his hyper-critical scrutinization of the post-war consumer world. The novel itself is acclaimed to be quite autobiographical; the similarities between Salinger and Holden are numerous. Holden is an avid critic of materialistic American ideals, and he aims to preserve innocence in others, and to save himself from falling into the land of adulthood. After failing out of prep school, Holden retires to the streets of New York City, searching for the little purity he has left....   [tags: innocence, criticism, holden]
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