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Catcher in the Rye by Salinger - Throughout the novel, Holden struggles to find meaning and purpose in his life. Holden’s ambivalence about growing up is an extension of his struggle to find his way in what he finds to be a cruel, heartless world run by corrupted adults. From beginning to end, Holden behaves hypocritically as a result of his internal struggle as he tries to find his identity and his external struggle with the society in which he lives. There are numerous examples of Holden’s actions contradicting his beliefs as he attempts to find identity and meaning in his progression into adulthood....   [tags: hypocritcal, identity, adulthood]
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J.D. Salinger's Development of Holden Caulfield - ... I mean she’s had all A’s ever since she started school. As a matter of fact, I’m the only dumb one in the family. ...I’m the only really dumb one.” This is Salinger directly representing his academic level through Holden as “Salinger’s Valley Forge 201 file reveals he was a ‘mediocre’ student… his recorded IQ was far from that of a genius” (as stated by www.wikipedia.org). When Salinger attended McBurney School, he tried to conform so he can fit (one way was calling himself Jerry). While at this school, he also acted in plays and wrote the school’s newspaper....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]
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Cather in the Rye - Catcher In The Rye This novel is a first person narrative novel. The main character Holden Caulfield tells the novel. The first few chapters are about how the private school he attended “Gave him the axe.” for not applying himself in his classes after several warnings. Holden was pretty upset about the whole deal because he knew that his parents would be disappointed with him for getting kicked out of another school. That same night Holden got onto a fight with his roommate, now very angry Holden leaves the school earlier than he is supposed to....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 640 words
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Integrity in Characters of Different Literary Works - Integrity Integrity is the basing of one's actions on an internally consistent framework of principles. Meaning, one who has integrity bases their actions on a moral code of honor, character, strength, and courage. These principles guide a character’s motive and cause, putting public image aside to lead a life chivalry and conviction. One example this is Willie Bodega of Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez. Although Willie’s means are shady, he strives for the betterment of Spanish Harlem through the improvement of abandoned and damaged apartments....   [tags: catcher in the rye] 818 words
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Catcher In The Rye - The Conte - J.D. Salinger is considered one of the most critically reviewed author in modern literature. In particular his only novel Catcher in the Rye has received the most criticism. The book has been constantly debate and sometimes banned in some states because of its vulgar language and sexual content. On the other hand it is used in freshmen English and praised as the greatest book in the twentieth century. Catcher in the Rye has been reviewed in many aspects. People had drawn many conclusions in trying to decipher the meaning of Catcher in the Rye and the mind behind the mysterious Salinger....   [tags: essays research papers] 488 words
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The Catcher and the Rye / Huckleberry Finn - The American Webster’s dictionary defines innocence as, “Freedom from harmfulness; inoffensiveness.” Although this definition is the one which is most commonly used, many authors tend to twist or stretch the meaning in order to fit the material to which it applies. For example, the way J.D Salinger applies innocence to his work is quite different from the way Mark Twain uses innocence. Innocence also changes accordingly with the time period. The definition of innocence is dynamic with respect to author and time period, as illustrated in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain....   [tags: essays research papers] 1241 words
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Growing Up in The Catcher in the Rye - Growing up poses challenges to most people at some point in their lives. 16-year-old Holden Caufield is no exception. He is an apathetic teenager who’s flunked out of many schools. Underneath the cynical exterior though, Holden is troubled. He has different methods for escaping his problems but in the end they just cause him more problems. J.D Salinger, in his novel The Catcher in the Rye shows that often times when an individual faces problems in their life they will try to find a means to escape, instead of solving them....   [tags: essays research papers] 764 words
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Bravery in The Catcher in the Rye - The protagonist Holden Caulfield shows a lot of bravery during the course of the novel. I disagree with the quote, but I do agree that there are many references that are similar between J.F. Clarke’s quote and J. D. Salinger’s novel. Author J.F Clarke’s quote, “The bravest of individuals is one who obeys his/her conscience” can be looked upon in many ways. It also relates to J. D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist Holden Caulfield shows a lot of bravery during the course of the novel....   [tags: English Literature] 592 words
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The Catcher In The Rye- TERM PAPER - It is all Fun and Games until Someone Looses a Rye Once is a generation, a book is written that transcends reality and humanity .The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, combines a unique style, controversial theme, and thought provoking main character in this perceptive study of the human condition. This postwar novel protests against the loss of innocence and hypocrisy of the era and is the definitive coming of age novel. Salinger constructs a shocking reality, populated by ‘phonies’ and bursting with falsities- a reality that is all too real....   [tags: essays research papers] 2277 words
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Grief and Bereavement in The Catcher in the Rye -      The Catcher in the Rye has been described, analyzed, rebuffed, and critiqued over the years.  Each writer expresses a different point of view:  It is a story reflecting teen-ager's talk--thoughts-emotions--actions; or angst.  I believe it is an adult's reflection of his own unresolved grief and bereavements.  That adult is the author, J.D. Salinger.  He uses his main character, Holden, as the voice to vent the psychological misery he will not expose -or admit to. If there are 785 instances of profanity in the book, I contend there are well over a hundred scenes where Holden used the word depressed.  D"Ambrosio presents this same thought saying, "It should be obvious by now th...   [tags: Alienation of Salinger Revealed]
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A Book Review on The Catcher in the Rye - A Book Review on The Catcher in the Rye This book is about a few days in the life of Holden Caulfield, At the beginning of the book Holden is expelled from his private school, 'Pency'. This is just one of many schools he has been expelled from. Holden decides that, as the school term is about to break up, he would go to New York City for a few days until he is expected home. So off he sets one night wearing his hunting hat that Holden loves because it represents independence from others....   [tags: Papers] 803 words
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The Writing Style of The Catcher in the Rye - Jerome David Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is a truly unique novel in terms of writing style. The story is told in a second person narrative style by a character named Holden Caulfield, and is written loosely in a fashion known as 'stream of consciousness writing'. The stream of consciousness style of writing is that in which the writing directly follows the character's thought process in either an interior monologue or through the character's reactions to external occurrences. Stream of consciousness writing is not typically used in books due to its clearly-defined limits and its extreme demand for a talented and devoted author....   [tags: essays research papers] 1322 words
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A Catcher In The Rye - Summary - A Catcher In The Rye - Summary The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown, some time in 1950. Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep, and of his subsequent psychological meltdown in New York City. Holden has been expelled from Pencey for academic failure, and after an unpleasant evening with his self-satisfied roommate Stradlater and their pimply next-door neighbor Ackley, he decides to leave Pencey for good and spend a few days alone in New York City before returning to his parents' Manhattan apartment....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Communication in The Catcher in the Rye - Communication in The Catcher in the Rye It is a worldwide known concept that communication among different people is a necessity of one's life if it is to be a happy one. Human companionship is something everyone will do anything for. Yet, some people have difficulties in communicating with others especially when they see problems among the people they try to communicate with. In this novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," the author, J.D. Salinger, illustrates the protagonist's difficulty in communicating with other people, especially with the women he encounters throughout the novel....   [tags: Papers] 978 words
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Holden's Seperateness in Catcher in the Rye - Holden's Seperateness in Catcher in the Rye In ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ Salinger sets about making Holden appear separate from everyone else. He does this through a variety of methods. One of the ways in which Salinger shows this separateness is through Holden’s relationships and encounters with his family and friends. Another method that Salinger uses is that usually whenever Holden attempts to contact someone they are either not there or don’t answer the phone, this give us the feeling that Holden is by himself, alone, separate from everyone else....   [tags: Papers] 908 words
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Holden in The Catcher in The Rye - The author has put in plenty of themes, messages, ideas, issues, and motifs. The character, Holden Caulfield is alienated from society, is experiencing the painfulness of growing up, thinks that the adult world is full of phoniness, and is sick of hearing about the American Dream from his teachers. JD Salinger has created a book that has raised plenty of questions and controversy towards the readers. The Catcher in the Rye shows how a teenage mind works. JD Salinger has used a stream of consciousness writing style where the character (Holden Caulfield) talks in first person as he presents his thoughts and feelings to the readers....   [tags: essays research papers] 1606 words
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The Perception of the World in The Catcher in the Rye - The Perception of the World in The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. This perception of the world does not change throughout the novel. However as the novel progresses, Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change all of this. During the short period of Holden's life revealed in this book, Holden does succeed in making us perceive that the world is crazy. Shortly after, Holden leaves Pencey Prep and checks in to the Edmont Hotel....   [tags: Papers] 714 words
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Catcher In The Rye And Huck Finn - All novels contain common elements and qualities. In most cases the plot, conflict, and a narrative voice forms the style of writing. Frequently the incidents told are direct experiences from the narrator himself. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens employ these characteristics, particularly using a constructive voice, symbolism, and a complex connected sequence of events, dealing with human experiences. There are many instances in The Catcher in the Rye which deal with such characteristics....   [tags: essays research papers] 781 words
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Catcher In The Rye- Use Of Lan - Not many great novels were produced during the post World War II era. Perhaps the greatest novel published was J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. This book, just like all other great works, was met by scathing criticism and unyielding praise. Many literary critics marveled at Salinger’s genius use of language to make Holden Caulfield, the main character, unbelievably realistic. Through Holden’s thoughts and dialogues, Salinger successfully created a teenage boy. Because of that The Catcher in the Rye became one of the few great post World War II works....   [tags: essays research papers] 1455 words
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A Readers Guide To The Catcher In The Rye - A Reader’s Guide to The Catcher in the Rye Though J.D. Salinger’s book, The Catcher in the Rye, has served as a major controversial element of fiction within our reading society, it does, in fact, contain another side to the story. Holden Caulfield, who is sixteen, has just flunked out of another boarding school that his parents have sent him to. It seems that he has become very experienced in failing courses. The only classes that he manages to pass are the ones that repeat the same teaching material that he has previously learned in another school....   [tags: essays research papers] 594 words
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Relationships with Holden in The Catcher in the Rye - Relationships with Holden in The Catcher in the Rye ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is written from a first person narrative to be able to convey to the reader Holdens thoughts and feelings and this makes his character seem more believable. Holden describes what he himself sees and experiences, providing his own commentary on the events and people he describes. It takes the form of, perhaps, a session with a psychoanalyst or a one sided conversation with the reader during which Holdens attitudes to other people emerges....   [tags: English Literature] 1951 words
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Day and Night in the Catcher in the Rye - The action of The Catcher in the Rye takes place between 15:00 on the Saturday previous to Christmas holidays 1949 and approximately the same time the next Monday. Holden Caulfield explains what happened to him during these forty-eight hours. The reader's impression when he/she finishes reading the novel is that most of it takes part during night-time. To confirm that impression I decided to establish the times of transition between day and night, situate these moments in the novel and count how many pages correspond to day and night....   [tags: American Literature] 2004 words
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Holden Caulfied in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfied Which Character Gives Us Who He Is Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D. Salinger?s The Catcher in the Rye, is very complex, mentally and emotionally. The readers of the novel would not be able to understand Holden as much as they do, if it was not for Holden?s deceased younger brother Allie. Although Allie is never actually met in the novel, Holden?s discussions about him and his ?conversations. with him help us understand Holden better. It may seem strange that a dead character would shed so much light on a living one, but Holden had a strong bond with Allie, one that he refuses to give up....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Adults in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - The adults that Holden appreciates As a general consensus, children are raised to trust adults. However there are some sinister and eerie adults out there that exploit the childish and test that trust. Children are taught that the principal is their friend and that the police men are there to help. As a child one is taught, protected, and cared for by their parents. As those parents become older, there is a regression where the parent almost becomes the child and the child the parent. In J.D. Salinger?s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the adults whom Holden Caulfield appreciates are childlike and helpless....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Joseph Heller's The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye The book Catcher in the Rye is a story of Holden Caulfield's thoughts about life and the world around him. Holden tells many of his opinions about people and takes the reader on a 5-day trip 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 me, I 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] 485 words
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Critcal Analysis of CATCHER IN THE RYE - Critcal Analysis of CATCHER IN THE RYE 10 Quotes and Responses from The Catcher in the Rye "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." This statement actually caught my full attention. I like the way that he started this book off....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1147 words
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Innocence in The Catcher in The Rye - In The Catcher in The Rye, by J.D, the main character, Holden, can be seen as a troubled teenager growing up in a less than perfect society. Throughout the novel Holden struggles with the fact that many young and innocent kids will grow up and see the world from a different perspective. He naturally becomes worried for all future generations who will one day grow, as he did, and loose their innocence. The fixation of youth and innocence can be seen in the title of the book, as well as throughout the novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 849 words
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Violence in the Catcher in the Rye - Violence in the Catcher in the Rye Often, simple physical conflicts are used to develop characters and to increase the suspense and action between them. In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield the 16-year-old narrator and protagonist claims to be a pacifist. Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. As a sincere person living amongst phonies, he views others as completely immoral and unscrupulous. In the novel violence is used to further develop Holden's character....   [tags: essays research papers] 922 words
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Holden's Depression in Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, portrays Holden Caulfield as a manic-depressive. Holden uses three techniques throughout the novel to cope with his depression. He smokes, drinks, and talks to Allie. Although they may not be positive, Holden finds comfort in these three things. Holden smokes a lot when he is nervous, or bored. When the stripper is in his room he noticed that she is shaking her foot as if she is nervous. He offers her a cigarette, twice. Both times she says no. Holden offers Sunny the cigarette because he thinks it would calm her down, like cigarettes calm him down when he is nervous....   [tags: J. D. Salinger]
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Catcher In The Rye- Movie Proposal - Movie Proposal: The Catcher in the Rye To the Producer: The Catcher in the Rye, a contemporary novel by J.D. Salinger, is a thought-provoking, fascinating look at society’s values and issues in the 1950’s. This book would make an excellent transition to film because it is full of both action and implication. It focuses on a four-day period of time in the life of a sixteen-year-old cynic with emotional problems. The book follows Holden Caulfield as he struggles with others and himself to find his way through the “phoniness” and disillusionment involved in his adolescent life....   [tags: essays research papers] 1534 words
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Catcher and the Rye and Siddhartha - The novels Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger show many similarities. One of the major themes in both novels consists of the main characters finding their self and journey through life. Their similar experiences consist of the relationships they go through, as well as the different people they meet in life and their personal views on society, which let the audience distinguish the affect on similar situations. Siddhartha’s dream throughout the entire novel consisted of finding his own self, and to be united within the great Gods....   [tags: essays research papers] 968 words
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Catcher In The Rye - A Sequel - Catcher In The Rye - A Sequel Loomis Chaffee Chapter 1 Another day another school...I thought about this new school they placed me in. They said I will like it. Well I'll be the one to decide that. Next thing I know I'm on a 6:30 train to Windsor, CT. It was a Thursday and I received a call from Mr.Spencer, well it wasn't really for me but for my parents. I immediately new who it was, you can just hear it's a school teacher. One can just hear that over the phone. After the phone hangs up I hear a yell, “Holden, front and center!” Then we go throughout that whole, we had a discussion with, and all that crap....   [tags: essays research papers] 453 words
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Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - Holden Caulfield seems to have all these different kinds of people stuck together in one body. He can be very generous, as he is to the nuns, very mean. He even lies to people. But one thing Holden has is a moral code that he goes by. In the Catcher in the Rye Holden shows at least three elements of his moral code. One of his elements of his moral code is that it’s all right to lie to make people feel better. One quote to prove that is, “Old Mrs. Morrow didn’t say anything but boy you should have seen her....   [tags: essays research papers] 460 words
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The Catcher in the Rye- Sally Hayes - Sally Hayes is dim person whose phoniness blinds her from Holden’s cries for help and dismisses him when he needs her most, her phoniness changes Holden and he himself is forced into bad decisions because of it. When Holden is waiting for Sally in the lobby of New York's Biltmore Hotel, the place is filled with girls his age, and he's watching them. “[I]t was sort of depressing" (123), thinking about what's going to happen to most of the girls he sees. They're all going to have conventional lives, he thinks, married to boring men....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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catcher in the rye glass menagerie - The Catcher in the Rye and The Glass Menagerie The person someone becomes is influenced by the losses they have experienced in their life. In Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden Caulfield is devastated by the loss of his younger brother Allie to leukemia. The loss of Allie never leaves Holden’s mind. It changes his perception of the world. In The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield’s husband abandons her and their two children Tom and Laura. For Amanda the only way to deal with the loss is to escape into a dream world....   [tags: essays research papers] 1141 words
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Catcher In The Rye: "Everybodys A Phony" - Everybody’s A Phony J. D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is a very well known piece of the twentieth century. It’s a story about a seventeen-year-old boy, Holden Caufield, who experiences some interesting things and people upon his being expelled from Pencey Prep. School. From having breakfast with a couple of nuns on a bus, to spending an evening with a far from seraphic prostitute, Holden handles each situation the best way he can. However, most of the people Holden encounters, he deems innately phony; Holden thinks almost everyone is a phony....   [tags: essays research papers] 1121 words
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Opposition to Catcher in the Rye - Opposition to Catcher in the Rye 'The novel has long ignited disapproval, and it was the most frequently banned book in schools between 1966 and 1975. Even before that time, however, the work was a favorite target of sensors. In 1957, Australian Customs seized a shipment of the novels that had been presented as a gift to the government by the U.S. ambassador. The books were later released, but Customs had made its point that the book contained obscene language and actions that were not appropriate behavior for an adolescent....   [tags: Papers] 744 words
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Holden's Obsession with Sex Depicted in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the main character in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger. Holden also has a huge obsession with sex, even though he remains a virgin. Throughout the book, Holden constantly refers to people as “phonies.” There are many times in the book that show how obsessed Holden is with sex. Holden Caulfield feels that sex should happen between two people who care a lot for each other and respect one another. He doesn’t think that sex should ever be a casual thing. He sees sex as degrading, no matter what....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]
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Catcher In The Rye Theme Essay - Turning your back on the world is not good A major theme of J.D. Salinger’s novel, “ The Catcher in the Rye,” is turning your back on the world is not good. The teenage boy Holden Caulfield demonstrates this theme in the story with the constant negativity he receives as result of his negative attitude. When someone turns their back on the world the consequences are bad. Holden shows this by slacking off leading to his expulsion from school. “ They gave me frequent warning to start applying myself…but I didn’t do it....   [tags: essays research papers] 464 words
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Holden's Lonliness Catcher In the Rye - Many young people often find themselves struggling to find their own identity and place in society. This search for self worth often leaves these young people feeling lonely and isolated because they are unsure of themselves. Holden Caulfield, J.D. Salinger's main character in the book The Catcher In the Rye, is young man on the verge of having a nervous breakdown. One contributor to this breakdown, is the loneliness that Holden experiences. His loneliness is apparent through many ways including: his lack of friends, his longing for his dead brother, and the way he attempts to gain acceptance from others....   [tags: essays research papers] 600 words
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Catcher in the Rye: Holdens Relationships - Throughout “The Catcher in the Rye”, Holden Caufield longs for intimacy with other human beings. One of Holden’s main problems is that he sees childhood as the ideal state of being. He thinks that all adults are phonies. One of the first relationships that is mentioned in the story, is Holden’s relationship with D.B., his brother. Throughout his childhood, it is obvious that Holden has idolized his older brother. Now that D.B. is a writer for Hollywood, Holden considers him a phony, and accuses him of prostituting himself by agreeing to work for the film industry....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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The Importance of Censoring in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The Catcher in the Rye provides an eye into the mindset and thought processes of an adolescent in this type of world, and addresses problems that young people often face while growing up, even in modern society (Zoričić). Children lose their innocence and many of the qualities that make them wonderful in order to pursue typical adult dreams. Holden’s experiences and thoughts highlight his understanding of the importance of preserving these qualities, which is drawn attention to when he says that he would “be the catcher in the rye” to protect the children from the harsh adult world (Salinger 173)....   [tags: bad role models]
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Catch-22, by Joseph Heller and Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - Among the titles in the list of the most commonly challenged books in the United States, one finds Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. These American Classics, however controversial delve into the essence of identifying as an American. Catch-22, a novel about soldiers serving in the American Air Force during World War Two, and The Catcher in the Rye, a book about a seventeen year old social outcast living in New York, express American society by means of American Spirit, Culture, Identity, and Values....   [tags: American: Spirit, Culture, Identity, Value]
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The Censoring of J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... The use of the profanity in this quote is so that the reader realizes how conflicted Holden is about crying. It produces emotions in anyone who reads it. Students can learn from this storyline because it gives them the ability to feel what they are reading – to understand. This is not flawed writing, nor is it meant to be offensive; it is purely the objective of this form of literature – to present an artificial reality and to invoke emotions within readers that correlate with how the narrator truly feels....   [tags: reality, controversy, narrator, storyline]
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Allegory in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... "World.eduNewsBlogsCoursesJobsPartners." Worldedu Banned Books Awareness The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Comments. World.edu, 11 Jan. 2011. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.” The controversy that surrounds the book focuses on a young boy by the name of Holden Caulfield and his reality like life. Protestors say the book offers vulgarity, sexual references, suicidal thoughts, rebellious behavior such as alcohol and smoking references. Parents believed that if they can censor their kids from adult material they could censor their kids from books....   [tags: censored, controversial, banned, book]
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Catcher In The Rye, Compares T - Throughout life, an individual may endure several emotionally or physically straining moments. In The Catcher In The Rye, Holden Caulfield suffers much verbal abuse, as well as physical. Both forms of the abuse, combined with other factors, eventually leads Holden to suffer a mental breakdown. Holden’s actions prove that ** “A blow from a whip raises a welt, but a blow from the tongue smashes bones.” Holden experiences several fights throughout the story. Near the beginning, he begins a struggle with Stradlater, his roommate, over his friend’s date, Jane Gallagher....   [tags: essays research papers] 729 words
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The Innocence of Childhood in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Growing up and becoming mature can be an intimidating experience; it is difficult to let go of one’s childhood and embrace the adult world. For some people, this transition from youthfulness to maturity can be much more difficult than for others. These people often try to hold on to their childhood as long as they can. Unfortunately, life is not so simple. One cannot spend their entire life running from the responsibilities and hardships of adulthood because they will eventually have to accept the fact that they have a role in society that they must fulfill as a responsible, mature individual....   [tags: caulfield, phoebe, teenagers]
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Alienation and Isolation in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden’s red hunting hat is the symbolic feature that alienates him from society. Ackley tells Holden “Up home we wear a hat like that to shoot deer in, for Chrissake… That’s a deer shooting hat” (Salinger 30), meaning Holden’s hat is only worn while hunting. Holden does not seem to care much for Ackley’s opinion and he wears it anyways. This shows Holden’s individuality and his uncommon desire compared to society’s- alienating him from the rest of society. Another symbolic feature is the catcher in the rye....   [tags: in touch with society] 692 words
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Childhood Innocence is Everything in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Now he understands that “if [kids] want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything” (211). They should be allowed to make mistakes on their own, and learn from them without any interference “If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them”, they have no need for anyone to protect their innocence (211). The additional significance of this scene lies in the gold ring’s symbol. It is a physical manifestation of the book’s main theme, the fear of growing up....   [tags: carousel, utopia, self-worth] 773 words
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The Theme of Change: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... One demonstration in the innovative that further interprets the hardships of considering with change in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden's discussion in his brain about the Eskimos in the repository. This is discovered on p.121-122, when Holden moves to the repository while waiting to go on a designated day with Sally Hayes. Holden enters a part of the repository where there are Eskimos fishing in a lagoon. He sees two Eskimos that have just finished catching a fish. He then states, “The best thing, though, in that repository was that everything habitually stayed right where it was....   [tags: eskimo, death, compromise]
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Non-Conformity in The Catcher in the Rye and Igby Goes Down - The Catcher in the Rye¬ and Igby goes down, written by JD Salinger and Burr Steers respectively, explore the issue of non-conformity among youth. As Steers’ text is an appropriation of Salinger’s, similar ideas and opinions are presented, however they are affected by both context and medium in the way that they are conveyed, and the composers view on the issues. Despite this, their purpose remains the same, and that is to show the positive and negative sides of non-conformism on the mental and physical health of contemporary youth....   [tags: JD Salinger, Burr Steers, Literary Comparison] 1165 words
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the notion of the past and present played a great part introducing and developing a theme. A character in both novels long to relive their pasts but at the same time are okay with keeping things as they are. One of The Alchemist’s themes is about achieving one’s Personal Legend; and one of A Catcher in the Rye’s themes about the pain of growing up. These characters and their stance on the past and present were catalysts for introducing these themes....   [tags: the alchemist, paulo coelho]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Sallinger, Questions and Answers - ... He says that throughout the unit, students will join Holden Caulfield in his journey to find “home” and help them discover their own “place in the world”, in such a busy world. The discussion the students had after completing the DONOW was integral in helping them understand the importance of the lesson. It got them thinking about the different ways each person thinks, some students wrote about what was straight ahead of them such as, the blackboard; other students wrote about what was outside or on the floor....   [tags: personal narrative, journals] 1595 words
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Psychological Battle in JD Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye - ... This is pivotal because it is evident that his depression and emotions influence his thoughts. This becomes interesting and relevant to the reader because they can relate to the influential power their emotions have, and they can watch throughout the novel Holden falling deeper and deeper into his own mind. Holden’s constant attachment to unrealistic ideas indicates his struggle with hyper tendencies and an exaggerated view of reality. Struggling to remain on topic, Holden has impulsive and dramatic bursts of insight and ideas that he does not give proper thought to before presenting them....   [tags: Depression, Teenager]
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Analysis of A Catcher In the Rye's Holden Caulfield: Enemy of Himself - Jerome David Salinger’s only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is based on the life events shaping main character, Holden Caulfield, into the troubled teen that is telling the story in 1950. The theme of the story is one of emotional disconnection felt by the alienated teenagers of this time period. The quote, “ I didn’t know anyone there that was splendid and clear thinking and all” (Salinger 4) sets the tone that Holden cannot find a connection with anyone around him and that he is on a lonely endeavor in pursuit of identity, acceptance and legitimacy....   [tags: Character Development, Self Hate]
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Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey - Director Robert Zemeckis once stated, “We don't function well as human beings when we're in isolation.” This quotation pertains to the protagonists in both The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger. Both protagonists overcome estrangement when they learn from their siblings the underlying reason behind their feelings of isolation. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield fails to form a connection with others at Pencey Prep and escapes to New York City in an attempt to overcome his alienation....   [tags: Comparison, Protagonist, Character Development]
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Psychoanalysis of Holden Caulfield - Psychoanalysis is a psychoanalytical theory and therapy that aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the conscious and unconscious elements in a human mind by bringing fears to the conscious mind. According to Sigmund Freud, “The unconscious silently directs the thoughts and behavior of the individual” (Freud 95). Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is sixteen years old and does not act his own age for he is stuck in his own private world, filled with pain and suffering....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]
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Illusions in J.D. Salinger´s Catcher in the Rye - ... He creates an illusion that he is no longer there anymore, despite the fact that he is still accompanied by Ackley. By hiding from this adolescent problem, Holden only reprieves the situation. As Holden aspires to be the catcher in the rye, he includes his red hunting hat. "'This is a people shooting hat'...'I shoot people in this hat'" (Salinger 22). Holden becoming the catcher is arguably the biggest illusion in this novel. This quote is taken in a metaphorical sense as to his armor or protection when he saves people in the rye from any maturation....   [tags: death, affection, problems, reality] 1194 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerCensorship and the Banning of Literature - ... They are attempting to hide students away from reality and act like our world is a perfect place. When you start to do this and restrict children’s readings you are limiting their knowledge. If society would get rid of all censors and bring back all banned books back inside of school systems, it would result in much controversy. People certainly would not want younger children to be associated with the strong materials in banned books, which is completely understandable. I feel that it would be wrong to expose children in grade school to these materials....   [tags: censorship, banning of literature]
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Theme Comparison Of The Catcher In The Rye And Franny And Zooey - The world today is very deceptive and phony. J.D. Salinger’s well known novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey attack this fake and superficial society which is evident through the lives, ideas, actions, and words expressed by the characters in these literary pieces. The transition from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood is inevitable. The protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes through this stage and finds himself in a crisis. He alienates himself from everyone who is around him and tries his best not to grow up....   [tags: Compare Contrast Literature] 1857 words
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Wisdom In The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Sallinger - It is widely agreed that Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye is unarguably the quintessential coming of age and initiation story . This story has been compared against Ellis’ Less Than Zero and T.S. Elliot’s Wasteland as being among the literature that best elucidates the alienation of our youth . The story of Holden’s transition into manhood has been compared against the American transition into consumerism after the world wars . The story has been elevated above bildungsroman to an epic of Odyssean proportion ....   [tags: holden, nuns, charity] 2635 words
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Another Catcher In The Rye - Here is an essay on "The Catcher in the Rye" Hope you will be able to post it. Through Holden's Eyes The Catcher in the Rye has truly earned it's place among great classic works. J. D. Salinger created a literary piece that was completely unique. The entire novel was written in the first person view of the 17-year-old, Holden Caulfield. The majority of the story is compiled of Holden's rudimentary monologue of 'complexly simple' thoughts, the rest utilizing his relay of previous dialogue....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Innocent and Corrupt Characters in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a classical coming of age novel that deals with a youth’s mental adjustment to a modern world. Holden Caulfield, Salinger’s troubled protagonist, has a flawed view of the world where youth and integrity fights maturity and corruption. Salinger explores this dichotomy using a variety of motifs and symbols. In this novel, Salinger denotes innocence by the way Holden views a variety of characters. First, Jane Gallagher, Holden’s childhood friend, displays innocence through her actions, and Holden’s opinions of them....   [tags: literary analysis, character analysis]
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Juxtaposing Growing Up in The Metamorphosis and The Catcher in the Rye - ... Gregor loves his sister and is because of her, that he takes up a job he does not like, he makes sure she has pretty dresses to wear and promises to send her to her favorite school. Allie was probably the most important person in Holden’s life. He calls Allie “ the … nicest, in a lot of ways.” After he dies, Holden reacts violently smashing all the windows in the garage, only stopping because his hands are too injured to continue. Holden is soon forced to grow up, almost in his old life leaves him after Allie’s death and Holden is left without anyone to talk to....   [tags: society, sexual, violence]
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Use of the Central Park Carousel in The Catcher in the Rye - People, places, songs, and even simple items such as a stuffed animal, a pillow, or a blanket can foster a person’s memory and take them back to a memory they hold dearly in their hearts. Often, such items of remembrance are used to bring back a person to their carefree and blissful childhood years. For many Americans, the Central Park Carousel in New York brings back memories of the entertainment of growing up in New York, and the wonderful memories of birthdays, family gatherings, and more. This historic carousel remains a timeless memory for those who enjoyed its delightful music, gleaming horses, and cheery atmosphere-never failing to bring a smile to ones face....   [tags: symbol, symbolism, J.D. Salinger]
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Grief For Allie in The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger - ... When Holden’s roommate at Pencey, Stradlater, asks him to write a descriptive essay, Holden writes about Allie’s baseball mitt. Holden treats the mitt differentially, taking it with him to Pencey and copying “down the poems that were written on it” (Salinger 38). For Holden, the baseball mitt is “an object which is a complex version of a child's security blanket, a sacred relic of the living dead” (Miller). In addition, the baseball mitt symbolizes Holden's unresolved emotions as a result of his brother's premature and untimely death....   [tags: denial, acceptance, death] 1135 words
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Anything but a Failure in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden hadn’t learned how to deal with this traumatic event which, in turn, caused him to fail classes. The article, “A New Focus on the ‘Post; in Post-Traumatic Stress” by David Dobbs, talks about trauma as a whole and how some react to it. Dobbs writes, “Both culturally and medically, we have long seen it as arising from a single, identifiable disruption. You witness a shattering event, or fall victim to it-and as the poet Walter de la Mare put it, ‘the human brain works slowly: first the blow, hours afterward the bruise.” Holden experienced trauma exactly as defined....   [tags: holden caulfield, PTSD] 745 words
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Holden’s Psyche in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, depicts a boy named Holden Caulfield whose psyche ultimately impacts his mental state. Throughout the novel Holden’s mental state gradually becomes affected by this damaged psyche. He either demonstrates the id or the superego, and rarely his ego. Holden’s psyche appears in the id, superego, and ego forms. The id, acts on impulses and wants instant gratification. This occurs when Holden has Sunny, a prostitute, come to his room. Holden tells Maurice, the elevator guy, “Okay,” I said....   [tags: mental, state, id, superego, ego] 541 words
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Judging Others in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Antolini is saying if he doesn't begin to put himself in school, then he is not going to like the outcome of his decisions. Holden is silenced and doesn't know how to respond because he knows Mr. Antolini is being authentic in a world full of phonies. He is taken back and becomes exhausted and falls asleep on his couch; he then wakes up to Mr. Antolini touching his head. Because Holden is concerned and assumes that Mr. Antolini is trying to make a pass at him, he flees to Grand Central Station....   [tags: Fake, Phony, Teenager]
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The Protagonist’s Psychiatric Illness in Catcher in the Rye - ... By Holden not attending Allie’s funeral, it gives the reader insight as to why Holden is still holding onto his brother so tightly. Be as that may, however, when significant things in his life are happening, like visiting Allie’s grave, Holden irrationally feels insulted by the other people at the cemetery because they have things that Allie does not, “That’s what nearly drove me crazy. All the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and then go someplace nice for dinner – everybody except Allie....   [tags: personality disorder, schizophrenia, leukemia] 1113 words
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Catcher In The Rye - Summary "The Catcher in the Rye" is a story of a young sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden is telling this story in first person. Holden is a student of Pency Prep an all boys school in Pennsylvania. The book starts in a rest home in California. Holden flashback to four days before the beginning of Christmas vacation. Holden is going to pay a visit to Mr. Spencer, his history teacher. Mr.Spencer is sick in bed suffering from the grippe. While there Mr.Spencer talks to Holden about his poor grade on his last examination paper....   [tags: essays research papers] 1203 words
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Intoxication with Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden also seeks a maternal figure to serve as a possible savior. According to Baumbach, “His attraction to older women suggests that his quest for a woman is really a search for a mother whose love will protect him against the corrupt world as well as to initiate him into it.” While in a father figure Holden seeks guidance, in a mother he seeks love. When he is unable to find a mother figure he loses his sense of innocence (468) and seeks sexual encounters as his remediation. Baumbach states that although the “women he meets are by and large less disappointing than men, they too fail Holden and intensify his despair” (468)....   [tags: psychological changes, relationships] 1068 words
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A Book About Life, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... He describes, “The thing is, it’s really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs – if yours are really good ones and theirs aren’t. You think if they’re intelligent and all, […] and have a good sense of humor, that they don’t give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do.” (Salinger 109). This narrative showed the importance people placed on material belongings and economic rank, which Holden found sad. I agree with him, because while it is difficult enough already to feel accepted in society, economic inequities are a cause of sadness in some and guilt in others, adding misery to everyone’s existence....   [tags: sadness, existence, corruption]
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Holden Caulfield’s Struggle in The Catcher in the Rye - Aristotle once said, “Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.” This “condition,” as Aristotle says, is adolescence. Adolescence is much like jumping in a lake. One must walk out to the dock and once he or she is at the end, one cannot turn back. If one is to turn back they will be ridiculed as a coward, like a child. The water is ice cold, a freezing ice bath, so one does not want to jump in, but he or she can’t turn back for fear of jeer from friends....   [tags: The Pain of Growing Up]
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The Battle of Adolescence in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... “The fish don’t go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddamn lake… Their bodies take in nutrition and all, right through the goddamn seaweed and crap that’s in the ice. They got their pores open the whole time. That’s their nature, for Chrissake” (107-108). Horwitz, the cab driver, doesn't have an answer for Holden’s “stupid” question about the ducks, but begins to talk about the fish. Horwitz explains that the fish remain in the pond all year, feeding off of the “crap” that is frozen in the ice, because it’s their “nature”....   [tags: curiosity, fear of change, holden] 734 words
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The Influence of Women in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - ... He was moved from prep school to prep school in what must have felt like an attempt by his parents to keep him away from their home. Holden was affected very deeply by his mother specifically despite the fact that he talks about both of his parents with equal disdain. Even with all of his talk about his father's job, most of Holden's nervous ticks and character traits seem to come from his mother. For instance, Holden mentions "phonies" forty-four separate times throughout the novel (Corbett 68-73)....   [tags: Protection, Mother]
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The Perfect and the Innocent: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Unlike nature, humans don’t run on a perfect schedule and can adjust things in what ever way they want. This has been the case throughout history, this is why Holden likes the museum so, much. Holden hates how people are always making mistakes and ruining the idea of perfection, but he loves the fact that everything in the museum will stay the same forever, especially the Indians. The thing about the place that Holden adores so much, is “you could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo will still be just finished cathing those two fish” (Salinger 121)....   [tags: holden caulfield, snowball]
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