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Pedosexuality in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - The North America Man- Boy Love Association defines ‘Pedosexual’ as an adult with a love of children. In the likes of hetero, homo, and bisexuals, pedosexuality is sexuality not a fetish. Not to be confused with pedophiliacs, who are intimate with unwilling, or unknowing partners, pedosexuals engage in “freely chosen mutually consenting relationships” (nambla.org). Through the securitization of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, it is shown that Holden Caulfield is a pedosexual. Holden engage in some inappropriate behavior, by social norms, involving children....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, is a troubled man who does not have everything going right for him. He shows obvious signs of depression and a few symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Throughout the book he keeps thinking about his brother Allie, who passed away. The only reasonable explanation for his mental illnesses is that he misses Allie, and he does not know how to function normally again. Everything he does reminds him of Allie in some sort of way. Mental illness is very common in someone who is suffering from the loss of a love one, but it is in no way a normal act of a teenager....   [tags: censorship, holden caulfied]
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The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - ... This is a sign of depression: having a bleak outlook. Another example that proves that Caulfield has a bleak outlook is when he says, “Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad” (Salinger 52). Presents are supposed to be enjoyed, but Caulfield thinks of them as being morbid. He most likely is melancholy about this because the present that he really loves is the glove that his brother, Allie, gave to him. Every time someone gives him a gift, it just makes him think about the glove and about his dead brother....   [tags: depression, character analysis]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a very complex and interesting person to take into consideration and psychoanalyze. His various traits make him a different person from the rest of the phonies in the world. Holden says, “All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. How would you know you weren't being a phony. The trouble is, you wouldn't.” What Holden doesn’t realize is that he is a phony as well....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1504 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden demonstrates how dependent he is on Phoebe. Growing up, Holden has always been alone, kicked out schools, does not have anyone to talk to. However, throughout the book he realizes how much Phoebe cares for him, and that he isn't alone because he has her. Holden is dependent on Phoebe because she loves and cares for him, which he doesn't see anyone else doing. Throughout Holden's life, he has pushed people away and judges them; however, he is very affectionate about Phoebe....   [tags: story and character analysis] 535 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... He was the contradiction to the stereotype of red haired people and that is what Holden loved about him. So, when Allie died it was a very traumatic time in Holden’s life, so traumatic he broke his hand smashing windows in the garage: “I slept in the garage the night he died…. But I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it, and you didn’t know Allie” (Salinger 39). Holden was in a torrent of depression and rage that would never fully subside. His emotions consumed him the night that Allie died....   [tags: death, innoncence, ignorance] 1162 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden feels like when no one is around, he will feel less intimidated with his hat on. Holden also admits, “But it was freezing cold, and I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on--I didn't give a damn how I looked. I even put the earlaps down. Nobody was around anyway.” (Salinger 48). Even though Holden says people will not care how he looks, he still puts his earlaps downs. Holden is very self conscious about having the hat on. When Holden has his hat on he immediately feels safe and comfortable in his own skin....   [tags: holden, symbolism, hanting hat] 609 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The protagonist’s journey begins from his attempt to failure within his future. As he steps into the “real” world, Holden’s perceptions towards humanity are distorted due to his past wicked experiences and present state of mind. While Holden continues his heroic cycle, some of the most important aspects in creating a perfect hero figure are visible in his own character, consistently struggling through lack of confidence and strength. Becoming a part of this society Holden lived in involved fitting in, forcing people to get involved in faking their own identities to eventually classify in these labels that society keeps creating through time....   [tags: story and character analysis] 656 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... The first cab driver was annoyed and asked “What’re you trying to do Bud?... Kid me. (60). The cab driver doesn’t really understand what or why he’s asking. All this does for Holden is confirm the uncertainty of his future and further embed his foreboding about growing into an adult. Conversely, the second cab driver completely understands the underlying meaning of Holden’s question and has much the same fear. Holden asks the same question. “Well you know the ducks that swim around in it (the lagoon)?...Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime, by any chance?” Horwitz the Cab Driver responds with surprising emotion.....   [tags: symbolism analysis] 630 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... While the following is stated in chapter 13: “I never seem to have anything that if I lost it I’d care too much about” (Salinger 117), it’s clear that, by the end of Catcher In The Rye, Caulfield has come to recognize that there truly are things which he cares about, namely his sister. During the period of the book where Caulfield’s transformation is most evident, he states that “most of the time you do not know what interests you most till you start talking about something that does not interest you most” (Salinger 240)....   [tags: Holden Caulfield, character and story analysis] 624 words
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The Catcher in the Rye Final Assessment - ... If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies. Don’t even mention them to me” (Salinger, 2). From this description of his brother, it is clear that Holden does not approve of what D.B. is now doing for a living, which is writing scripts for movies. Holden and his sister, Phoebe, have a very close relationship. Holden described what made him go home to see Phoebe after wandering around New York for a while, explaining, “I started thinking how old Phoebe would feel if I got pneumonia and died...She’d feel pretty bad if something like that happened....   [tags: pyschological profile of Holden Caulfield] 2106 words
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Censorship: The Catcher in the Rye - In “The Catcher in the Rye”, there is plenty of controversy on the content that is in the book. There are curse words constantly throughout the book. Just that reason alone could be a reason why this book could be censored. If a book has enough controversy to be considered to be banned in schools, there is obviously content from the book that is considered dirty or a bad influence to people. That is a reason that this book is censored. People think it is dirty and could be a bad influence to children....   [tags: Inappropriate Content, Maturity]
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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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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye While reading through Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye one notices many points of similarity between Holden and other people in the world. Much of what Salinger focuses on in the book, for example the feelings, the experiences, and Holden's wants, are things the reader can relate to and understand. In a sense, Salinger typified the heart and soul of the disillusioned teenager. Yet, it goes deeper than that. Salinger created not just a mish-mash of teenage angst but an archetype that recapitulated every teenager caught between the little games of high school and the fear of adulthood....   [tags: Free Essays] 427 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye 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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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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The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye was an interesting and controversial book. I chose to read the book because of the negative status it has with parents, teachers, and school. I wanted to discover what the roots of this controversy are. The main character who narrates throughout the book, Holden Caulfield, tells about his life before and after he is kicked from Pencey Prep. At Pencey, the only subject he got a decent grade in was English, all others he failed and didn’t show up to regularly....   [tags: essays research papers] 425 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield has a deep-rooted desire to keep himself and the world around him from changing. In fact the novel was banned partially "based on the perception that Holden is an unregenerate, and unchanged person." However there is evidence that Holden does change near the end of the novel. It is incorrect to say that Holden stays unchanged from start to finish, because by the end of the novel he is trying to rid himself of his defensive nature and accept change as a good thing....   [tags: Book Review] 1038 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher In The Rye In a novel, the theme is the insight of real life. J.D. Salinger’s initiation novel, The Catcher In The Rye, describes the adventures of 16-year old Holden Caulfield, the protagonist and first person narrator, who refuses to grow up and enter manhood. The most important theme developed by Salinger is Holden’s problem of dealing with change; he has trouble dealing with death, he refuses to accept children’s loss of innocence as a necessary step in the growing-up process, and has difficulties with growing up....   [tags: essays papers] 701 words
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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 - Some may say that the main character of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, is merely the average teenager, although he seems to think about sex and women quite a lot for his age of sixteen. This point can be easily argued in many ways, one example being the time Holden called a perfect stranger, Faith Cavendish, to get together at an unruly time of night. Another example of the main character’s perversion is when he hired a prostitute named Sunny, and never actually accomplished anything....   [tags: essays research papers] 835 words
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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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The Catcher In The Rye - Escape from the truth In 1950 J.D. Salenger captures one of society’s tragedies, the breakdown of a teenager, when he wrote The Catcher In The Rye. Holden Caulfield, a fickle “man” is not even a man at all. His unnecessary urge to lie to avoid confrontation defeats manhood. Holden has not matured and is unable to deal with the responsibility of living on his owe. He childishly uses a hunter’s hat to disguise him self from others. The truth of his life is sad and soon leads to his being institutionalized....   [tags: essays research papers] 779 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - 'If you really want to know the truth, I felt sorry for the bastard.';(54) This is just one of the colorful lines that is often repeated in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. When the book was first released, it was considered highly controversial for its time. Many people tried to ban the reading of the book in schools. Although The Catcher In The Rye has very colorful dialogue, and deals with crude topics, it still sells over 200,000 copies annually. This is why. Holden Caulfield is the main character in the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 825 words
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The catcher in the rye - "The Catcher In The Rye" In the novel The Catcher In The Rye we read about a sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. The story starts off telling us about how he gets kicked out of a preppy High School and uses his parents money to move to New York. Throughout the story we see Holden expressing different types of personality: The one he shows the world, which I believe is that he is an intelligent young man that doesn’t try, who he thinks he is, which is a depressed person who is looking for companionship, and who he really is, a sacred kid who who doesn’t know what he wants out of life....   [tags: essays research papers] 1049 words
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The Catcher And The Rye - Love, Affection, and Adulthood In J.D. Salinger’s controversial 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character is Holden Caulfield. When the story begins Holden at age sixteen, due to his poor grades is kicked out of Pencey Prep, a boys’ school in Pennsylvania. This being the third school he has been expelled from, he is in no hurry to face his parents. Holden travels to New York for several days to cope with his disappointments. As James Lundquist explains, “Holden is so full of despair and loneliness that he is literally nauseated most of the time.” In this novel, Holden, a lonely and confused teenager, attempts to find love and direction in his life....   [tags: essays research papers] 2007 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - In 1964, J.D. Salinger composed a novel titled The Catcher in the Rye that became quite controversial and was banned from several schools because of inappropriate content. The story is pretty dramatic, but it has many comical incidents. The book is trying to project the idea that you can run from your problems as much as you want; however it is inevitable that you face them. You can’t run forever. If this were a scary movie, the evil laughter would start now. Our main character Holden Caulfield at first appears to be having a conflict with society, but, upon closer examination, we see he is truly only at war with himself....   [tags: essays research papers] 1859 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - People go through depressing periods in their lives as teenagers, and some experience it more severely or for longer periods of time than others. In The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger expresses this time of dejection through the protagonist Holden’s thoughts and personal feelings. Holden’s tone reinforces a theme of suicide and depression. He is sarcastic, biter, and occasionally upbeat. Holden’s skepticism and sarcasm stem from his belief that many people are fake. He believes that many people are insincere in their attitudes, and in what they express publicly, like when Ernie the piano player shows off, “Anyway, when he was finished, and everybody was clapping their heads off, old...   [tags: essays research papers] 652 words
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The Catcher In The Rye - The novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is about a troubled young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden searches his teenage life, struggling to find answers to his questions about himself and his identity. No matter where Holden goes, in his opinion he is surrounded by phonies. They appear to be everywhere Holden is: his school, the hotel, the theatre, and all over the streets of New York. The story is told from Holden’s point of view, as he endeavours to put together the pieces of the puzzle that he calls his life....   [tags: essays research papers] 1443 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a controversial book from many aspects. There was a public uproar when it was primarily released in 1951, mainly due to the profanity and sexual exploitation within. Salinger was able to construct the text in a unique manner, writing from the perspective of a highly critical, lonely and depressed 17 year old boy, Holden Caulfield, who recounts an incident which occurred one year ago. Holden was expelled from Pencey Prep, a rich and well known prep school with a good reputation....   [tags: J. D. Salinger] 1002 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - The story it tells is episodic, inconclusive and largely made up of trivial events. The language used is, by normal literary standards, very impoverished (5) How far do you agree with this statement. This statement suggests that “The Catcher in the Rye” is episodic in structure and the plot is inconclusive and made up of trivial events. The language is also described as impoverished. I think that this statement is extremely unfair; although the points may have some truth they make the novel realistic and easily related to....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 2705 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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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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Catcher in the Rye - Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye: A Coming of Age Tale This novel explores many themes that are commonly felt by teenagers. Salinger’s novel discusses Holden’s stand against phoniness. Another major theme running through the novel is self-loathing, and while it may not be quite that extreme in all cases, most teenagers go through the “awkward” stage. Loneliness is also expressed in the novel. Every teenager goes through a time were they feel like they’re alienated. In a lot of ways, Holden also literally wants to be the catcher in the rye....   [tags: essays papers] 1243 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 - Innocence, Compassion, and some ‘Crazy’ Cliff A novel, which has gained literary recognition worldwide, scrutiny to the point of censorship and has established a following among adolescents, The Catcher in the Rye is in its entirety a unique connotation of the preservation of innocence and the pursuit of compassion. With certain elegance the writer J.D. Salinger, substantiates the growth and perils, which lie between childhood and adulthood. Embellishing the differentiation between innocence and squalor in the grasps of society....   [tags: essays research papers] 1528 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&#8217;s death and Holden&#8217;s rage over Allie&#8217;s death. Allie&#8217;s death helps make Holden&#8217;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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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 - Catcher in the Rye Why it is a Catch Some books, such as sleazy Wal-Mart romances, are dead as soon as they hit the shelves. These books are food for landfills, and probably remain in the hearts of only two people: the author and the 60 year old hermit woman who waits, with mossy teeth for her Fabio to swing from the vines of the book's cover (Tarzan call and all) and rescue her from soap operas and loneliness. But, there are books that pop every once in a while that last for generations....   [tags: essays papers] 617 words
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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye               Catcher in the Rye by Jerome Salinger is based on a 16 year old young man.  The story takes place in New York where the main character, a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield,has many friends. He was kicked out ofPencey Prep, along with the two other schools before that, and is afraid to gohome and tell his parents.  He wassupposed to leave Pencey Prep on a Wednesday and finish out the semester andthen go home during Christmas break. Instead he leaves a few days earlier and ventures out into New YorkCity.  The story focused around thepeople he meets and the places he goes. Throughout the story, Holden has many flashbacks, where he r...   [tags: essays research papers] 586 words
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catcher in the rye - Hello, is Salinger There. J. D. Salinger’s only published full-length novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has become one of the most enduring classics of American literature. The novel’s story is told in retrospect by the main character, Holden Caulfield, while staying in a psychiatric hospital in California. This is a coming of age tale that is wrought with irony. Holden Caulfield, Mr. Antolini, and Phoebe are the main symbols of irony. The first and most obvious subject of irony is the novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye Essay "I keep picturing all these kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's big but me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff -What do I have to do, I have to catch them. I mean their running, and they don't look where their going, so I must come out of somewhere and catch them."(Salinger,173) J.D. Salinger, in his timeless classic, The Catcher in the Rye, a novel depicting the complications of life as an adolescent, uses reality verses allusion, phoniness in society, and the loss of innocence as themes in his novel, to present the true inner character of...   [tags: essays research papers] 1404 words
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Catcher in the Rye - In the book, Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caufield, the main character is a negatively charged person, doesn't want himself or others around him to grow up, and suffers from depression because of his brothers death. This is obviously Holden's way of alienating the entire world and delaying the consequences of facing reality. Alienation is a big theme in Catcher In The Rye, and something that Holden depends on most often. Holden Caufield is a negatively charged character as expressed on the first page of the book before Holden tells his opinion about his childhood....   [tags: essays research papers] 739 words
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Catcher in The Rye - Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye,” focuses mainly on Holden Caulfield because he is the narrator and the novel is about his memory of characters and events throughout the story. These characters are more than just remembrances but actually help the reader to better understand Holden. Mr. Antolini, Phoebe, and Jane Gallagher are all characters that help fully characterize Holden. Mr. Antolini helps the reader better understand Holden’s hasty judgments about characters in the novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 1080 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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Catcher in the Rye - The Struggling Boy The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an enthralling and captivating novel about a boy and his struggle with life. The teenage boy ,Holden, is in turmoil with school, loneliness, and finding his place in the world. The author J.D. Salinger examines the many sides of behavior and moral dilemma of many characters throughout the novel. The author develops three distinct character types for Holden the confused and struggling teenage boy, Ackley, a peculiar boy without many friends, and Phoebe, a funny and kindhearted young girl....   [tags: essays research papers] 329 words
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Catcher In The Rye - Catcher in the Rye... J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye, is one of the most well-known novels of the past fifty years. It’s a story about a kid named Hold Caulfield who experiences some interesting things and people. From having breakfast with a couple of nuns, to hooking up 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 can’s stand are the ‘phonies.’ Holden met a lot of phonies in his lifetime....   [tags: essays research papers] 715 words
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Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye---What was He Thinking. Nash K. Burger wrote a review of the book, The Catcher in the Rye, which was published in the New York Times on July 16, 1951. In his review, Burger idolizes the book, calling it “an unusually brilliant first novel”. Burger feels that this book has wonderful language and portrays the typical teenager. He thinks that Holden has a cheerful disregard and that there is nothing wrong with him. He also feels that Holden’s mistakes are not caused by him, but by the adult world....   [tags: essays research papers] 810 words
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catcher in the rye - What was Holden’s problem. Use incidents and examples from the book to support your conclusion. In the book “The Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger. The main character of the book and narrator was Holden Caulfield, who moves from prep school to prep school. He is sixteen years old and a junior at Pencey Prep. Holden is intelligent and sensitive. Holden’s problem in this book was that he felt lonely and scared of the adult world. He was also confused about life and the people in it. Holden feels tormented by the memory of his younger brother Allie’s death....   [tags: essays research papers] 436 words
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Catcher In The Rye - In Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes through many events in just three days that seemed to impact his life a lot. He began to realize things about himself, and changes occurred within him. Now it's 35 years later and Holden has grown up, and has finally entered the real world. Holden now works for a high school as a student counselor, and deals with problems of children everyday. He is very well liked at the school and he has only been there for three years. He sometimes gets attached with the students dilemmas, but that is not necessarily a bad thing....   [tags: essays research papers] 544 words
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Catcher In The Rye - One theme developed in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is that bonds to our family is one of the most important factors in life. This is evident throughout the book since Holden spends so much of his time thinking about, and striving to be with his brothers and sister. Each one of Holden’s siblings plays an important role in helping him cope with his life in school and the many questions that he faces in his everyday life. Aswell as give him a positive thought when he was down. Looking at his relationships with Allie, D.B....   [tags: essays research papers] 945 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 - The book Catcher in the Rye tells of Holden Caulfield's insight about life and the world around him. Holden shares many of his opinions about people and leads the reader on a 5 day visit into his mind. Holden, throughout the book, made other people feel inferior to his own. I can relate to this because although I do not view people inferior to myself, I do judge others unequally. Holden and I both have similar judgements of people from the way they act and behave. We also share feelings about motivation as well as lack of it....   [tags: essays research papers] 915 words
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catcher in the rye - In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, a young man named Holden Caulfield goes through many misadventures during a three day stay in New York. Holden acts like a careless teenager but the reader gets the feeling that he cared once and wishes that he could again. He has what is almost an obsession with death and is constantly dwelling on the death of his brother Allie, who died of leukemia. He carries Allie’s baseball mitt with him wherever he goes. He was obviously very disturbed by Allie’s death as he broke all the windows in his garage with his bare fist with such force that his hand is still messed up....   [tags: essays research papers] 735 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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Catcher In The Rye - Caulfield Called Away From the Field "I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be," Holden explains to Phoebe (173). The only job Holden can see himself doing is saving children from falling off a cliff or growing up because Holden idealizes the innocence and no shame children possess; and he, himself, wants to return to that state of mind. Holden's wanting to preserve the purity of children, shows his "coming of age" because he soon realizes his roles and responsibility and how the inevitable is adulthood....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 987 words
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A Review of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - When The Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951, it was ranked number one on the New York Times Best Seller list (Time Magazine). Yet it has been one of the most frequently banned books in schools and libraries. Written in the late 1940’s by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, who gets kicked out of boarding school and how he passes the days before returning home ,wandering New York City. Since its publication, it has been a book both adored and ostracized....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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Is Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye a Trigger for Murder? - ... This begs the question what caused Chapman to fire five shots into one of the most revered musicians of the time. As Mark David Chapman was standing trial he recited the famous passage from the book “I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around–nobody big, I mean–except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff–I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them....   [tags: banned, innocence, chapman]
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Introspection in A Complicated Kindness and The Catcher in the Rye - Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye are two novels in which characters reflect on their attitudes and experiences as a source of emotional growth and maturity. Salinger and Toews show the importance of this reflection through the evolution of their characters’ – Holden Caulfield and Nomi Nickel – similar attitudes towards their schools, communities, and lives. Though Nomi and Holden both do poorly in school for various reasons, Nomi overcomes her obstacles by working to identify the source of them....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Censorship for J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... Most normal students would not want to be like Holden. Some different experts and even just parents argue that the language is too strong with curse words for someone who is not actually an adult yet to read. For example: “Goddam money. Always ends up making you blue as hell.” (p. 113.) Usually if GD is said, it offends people. I, myself, am offended by this word, but just because the book a person is reading says GD that does not mean the person has to say GD also. Especially in high school, students are hearing curse words around every corner....   [tags: underage drinking and sex themes]
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Censorship - America is a nation founded upon a set of unified core beliefs that were never meant to be opposed or infringed upon known as the Bill of Rights. As America has grown and developed over the years, these core beliefs do not seem to be as sacred as they once were. Many great pieces of art and literature have been produced, but society expectations of what is acceptable. Censorship occurs when a group of people impose their beliefs upon others, thus removing material at the request of the group. Book censorship is one of few areas that are censored from the public, and it is a shame that a select few individuals can determine what is acceptable and what is not....   [tags: First Amendment, Banning Books]
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J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Holden Caulfield is the primary reason of the novel’s sustained readership. Anyone even remotely familiar with the text can point out that the protagonist who uses ‘crazy’ verbatim and mentions the cognates of that word over fifty times, has been alleged to be a misanthropist, a human “who dislikes everything.” Christopher Parker contends, “Holden likes the only things really worth liking…because he is sincere and he won’t settle for less.” Several critics in the recent past have concurred with Parker’s line of thought....   [tags: caulfield’s remarkable picaresque journey ] 1441 words
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Deceitfulness in The Scarlet Letter and The Catcher in the Rye - The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, both are books relating to the alienation of an individual wanting to fit into society. In the Scarlet Letter, the protagonists, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale have committed adultery which is a sin unacceptable in the Puritan Society. Hester is married to Chillingworth, the strange doctor who is out for revenge. Pearl is born to Hester, as an outcome of their sin however Hester does not reveal who the father is....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne, Salinger]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Holden’s loneliness and lack of love continues throughout the novel. Holden has been wearing a red hunting cap every day, asking the cab driver what happens to the ducks in the central park lagoon during the winter and even attempting to pick up girls. As part of picking up girls, Holden meets a young lady named Sally Hayes. As he wanders around town, a boy coming out of church is singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye” and Holden stops and wonders what that could possibly mean. Later in that day the date did not go so well and Holden decides to run away again, but he couldn’t possibly leave without saying goodbye to his sister Phoebe....   [tags: holden, american culture]
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Encapsulating the 1950s Teenager in The Catcher in the Rye - Encapsulating the 1950s Teenager in The Catcher in the Rye Critically acclaimed film director Tim Burton states: “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” Our lives are ruled by social hierarchy with the rich at the top and the poor at the bottom. To a rich person who has lived a comfortable life, their idea of craziness would be living on the streets, begging for food and money to stay alive. Yet this idea of craziness is indeed people’s realities although in the fifties, thanks to it being prosperous times, people’s lives were a bit better than living on the streets....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Social Analysis]
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Holden in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Therefore, living in a time where everything revolves around the use of technology which enables the world to change at a very fast pace, would only intensify Holden’s feelings. Also, trends that generate through social media change from being “in” to being “out” before one knows something was even “in.” This would cause Holden to feel unstable. More so than in the 1940s, today’s Holden would be longing for something or someone to be his “rock” in a fast paced and often confusing world. Holden cares deeply about the innocence of children, because he believes that the path to adulthood is where people become corrupt and loose everything that once made them decent....   [tags: character analysis] 927 words
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Innocence In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Consequently, Holden’s constant thoughts about suicide lead to his own loss of innocence and advancement toward adulthood. Likewise, Holden is also consistently rejected when he seeks help from others. On Saturday night, Holden rides the cab to Ernie’s. During the ride, Holden “sort of [strikes] up a conversation” with Horwitz, the cab driver, about the ducks in Central Park (Salinger 81). Holden does not know where to go and feels lost, relating himself to the ducks during winter. However, Horwitz blatantly shows no interest in the ducks and diverts the conversation to the fish in the pond instead, thinking that winter is “tougher for the fish” (Salinger 82)....   [tags: death, childhood, holden] 1416 words
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The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger - Depression can come at many different times in your life and in many different ways. Dictionary.com defines clinical depression as: A depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected (Random House). Throughout the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” the reader is inside the head of the troubled and depressed main character and narrator, Holden Caulfield....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Clinical Depression]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - ... Spencer’s house, “After I shut the door and started back to the living room, he yelled something at me, but I couldn't exactly hear him. I'm pretty sure he yelled ‘Good luck!’ at me. I hope not. I hope to hell not. I'd never yell ‘Good luck!’ at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it” (Salinger, 15). Taking a saying that is supposed to encourage people, and warping its meaning until it is a bad thing shows mental instability. No sane person would take a compliment as an insult....   [tags: story and character analysis] 593 words
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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye is one of the most famous books in American literature. Written by J. D. Salinger, it captures the epitome of adolescence through Salinger’s infamous anti-hero, Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield learns about himself and his negative tendencies, and realizes that if he does not do something to change his perspective, he may end up like his acquaintance James Castle whom he met at Elkton Hills. Holden tries to find help to mend his outlook on life through Mr. Antolini so he does not end up like James, who did not want to face the problems he created for himself....   [tags: holden caulfield, james, american literature]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye is a popular novel written by J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, the book was originally written for adults, but it is now remembered and adored by people from all parts of the world and people from all walks of life – especially by teenagers – a likely effect that was only inevitable considering the center stage of the narrator the great crumby flake Holden Caulfield, to use his style of speaking, who accurately portrayed teenage angst and loneliness in a style that many youngsters could and do relate to.1 The book is about his quest to find himself after being threatened with expulsion at the expensive prep school that he attends....   [tags: sexism, gender role, 50's novel]
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Comparison of the Protagonists in Juno and Catcher in the Rye - ... Holden tries to be the most authentic person he can be while calling all the people that don’t share his ideals “phonies”. Holden tries to distance himself from people around him as he wears his red hunting hat to prove that he is unique from society and above everybody else. He doesn’t know how to express himself properly because part of him wants someone to care for. However the other part wants to protect him from interaction, isolation becomes both Holden’s curse and blessing. For example he becomes so lonely from pushing people away that he sets up a date with old friend Sally Hayes, but his protective mentality causes him to insult her and ruin the date....   [tags: society, psychological, adolescence] 702 words
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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, J. D. Salinger’s protagonist in the novel “Catcher in the Rye”, is a seventeen year old experiencing that period of life between childhood and adulthood, often referred to as "years of teenage angst”. Caulfield says in the novel “You had to feel a little sorry for that crazy sonuvabitch”, which is exactly how I feel towards Holden (Salinger 39). The use of vulgar language and taboo subjects has made this novel a main concern in the censorship debate for over sixty years. Thankfully we have moved past the outright banning and destruction of literary works that challenge traditional views, protecting the freedom of one’s right to express their thoughts, opinions and imaginati...   [tags: holden caulfied, childhood, censorship]
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