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Catch 22, by Joseph Heller and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - What being an American truly means is a topic that fascinates American authors and readers alike. What composes the American spirit, the American culture, the American identity and the American values are questions many authors answer and nearly all authors answer differently. In the novels Catch 22, by Joseph Heller and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger the idea of Americanism, is explored in great detail. Each novel features a slightly different insight into what exactly being an American truly means....   [tags: Exploring Americanism]
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The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger and Looking For Alaska by John Green - Throughout history, authors of young adult literature are oftentimes forced to incorporate the perils of young adulthood into their plots, characters, and conflicts. Growing up in America is an experience unlike no other. Today, American young adults are part of a large generation called the Millenials, who are considered the most educated in American history. They are more open minded, progressive, successful, and technological. However, it is not all sunshine and rainbows for these young Americans who oftentimes have outstanding debt and job prospects that are unacceptably dim....   [tags: silent generation, war, conflicts]
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An Analysis of Literary Elements in Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger - Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger is a story where Holden Caulfield, the speaker and hero of the tale, commences the narrating at his previous boarding school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown. The bulk of the story later on takes place in New York City through Christmas. The substantial setting of the story is rather significant, because it exemplifies Holden´s solitude in New York. As a whole, this novel is developed like a recollection of Holden’s thoughts that ultimately culminated in his story....   [tags: adolescence, depression, alienation]
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Holden Caulfield and the Pressures of Society: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The reason behind these lies is to keep Mrs. Morrow from becoming hurt or disappointed, supporting Pinsker’s belief. Even with a stranger that Holden barely knew, he is attentive and does anything to keep he or she happy. Additionally, when Holden and his friend, Mal, are going out for the night, Holden invites Ackley to come along with them. Although Mal is reluctant, Holden eventually convinces him to let Ackley accompany them. Holden finds Ackley annoying and obnoxious at times but feels sympathy for him....   [tags: confucius, symbols, good child]
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Parallels Between the Conflicts of J.D. Salinger and Holden Caulfield from Catcher and the Rye - ... That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all” (Salinger 173). Holden implies if you fall of the cliff of childhood you mature, but if Holden catches you, you remain innocent. Holdens views on innocence directly impacted the way he viewed of adults. The views he had on adults corresponded to the years when Holden lived with his parents. His parents were absent for the majority of his life. The only situation he would heard from his parents was when he got kicked out of school....   [tags: childhood, innocence, lonliness]
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The Desire to Perpetuate the Purity of Children - In The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss wrote, “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” Children live in a world full of innocence, ignorance, and bliss. They are not affected by the corruption of the world; therefore, naiveté is preserved. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, innocence is shown through the pond and Holden’s desire for being a “catcher in the rye”; through Phoebe, Allie, and Sunny for their adolescence; and through the carrousel and the Museum of Natural History for their conservation....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 1189 words
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Censorship and the Banning of Books - There has been censorship since the times of the early Catholic Church with it dictating what you could and could not do. The people of the United States have looked back upon what was being done, and have expressed that it was wrong for the church to such a thing. However, the leaders of today seem to be hypocritical in the subject. They say that it was bad once, but today it is okay. Censorship is most prominent in books today, and the most common to be thrown out are the ones that have obscene language and sexual references....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Slaughterhouse 5] 840 words
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A Warning to All Young Adults in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye book report In 1951, Little, Brown and Company published a novel written by J.D Salinger named The Catcher in the Rye. In detail, the genre for this book would definitely be a young adult fiction. Certainly, the way the author told the story was from an adolescent perspective and the speech and vocabulary made it very easy to understand and relate to. Also, the fact that The Catcher in the Rye was told from a first person perspective made the story flow from beginning to end....   [tags: alientated, teenager, suicide]
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To What Degree Does One Need to Know an Author's Background to Understand and Appreciate a Novel? - Searching for background information about a novel or its author before reading it, is a matter that is subject of discussion all around the world. While many people believe that the different literary works ‘’speak for themselves’’ and do not rely upon further investigation, the truth is that every story depends on background information to be fully comprehended and appreciated and. The very celebrated, criticized and prominent novel ‘’The Catcher in the Rye’’, by J.D Salinger is not the exception....   [tags: editorial essay, the catcher in the rye]
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How Most People in Society Deal with Judgement - ... He always seemed to put on his hat only when he was in private, when he knew he wouldn't be judged. He wore it when he was writing Stradlater's composition about Allie's baseball mitt alone in his room at Pency Prep, because he was opening himself up emotionally by writing about his deceased brother and needed the shield the hat offered. He also wore it when he left Pency Prep and yelled "Sleep tight, ya morons" down the hall, because he needed that security when he made a bold decision. One last example is at the end of the book and he was watching Phoebe on the carousel, he put his hat on over his eyes so no one could see him cry....   [tags: Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye] 584 words
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Comparative Analysis of A Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - It is amazing that two completely different characters could not only be faced with an identical dilemma, but also both react in such comparable ways. The resemblance of the characters’ struggles because of alienation in the popular novels The Catcher in the Rye and Speak is astonishing. Alienation can be caused by many factors and result in many consequences. But it is interesting how the situations individuals face can be quite similar. Within Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, and Anderson’s novel, Speak, both protagonists are alienated by those around them....   [tags: Isolation, Teenagers]
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Jumping to Conclusions in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye and Curtis Sittenfeld Prep - They say not to judge a book by its cover, as what is on the inside is more important than what is on the exterior. As a human race, one of the first things done is jumping to conclusions about people without knowing them thoroughly. The novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Prep by J.D. Salinger and Curtis Sittenfeld respectively, both portray this theme. Although the books do this in a different manner and convey different messages through this basic lesson, they both provide validity to the statement with realistic events occurring to teenagers....   [tags: friendship, plot, trait, characters] 1314 words
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Controversial American Literature, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye - ... Teenagers in the era the book was written semi-followed in the footsteps of their parents, but started to become more independent. They were encouraged to attend college by putting the idea of marriage over education in the trash. Although they were given some new life achievements in this new era, teenagers were still constantly being put between a situation, basically living an “in between” life. Holden lives between adolescence and adulthood. His red hunting cap is symbolic of his identity - something most teenages struggle to find....   [tags: depression, teenager, hero]
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An Analysis of the Influence of Tragedy on the Innocent - From the years of 1938 to 1945, while the entire world was preoccupied with World War II, the Nazi Party led by dictator Adolf Hitler planned and executed the killing of almost six million Jewish people.This calamity snatched the innocence of those who survived in inconceivable manner. They suffer withanimmense amount guilt simply because they believe that are wrong for surviving whereas their loved ones paid the ultimate price. In recent years Holocaust survivors have had an “increased risk of attempted suicide” (Barak, Y)....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 2326 words
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The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger - Experiencing a tragedy at a young age causes many problems as that individual grows up. The most common effects are changes in usual behavior, episodes of crying or sadness, and suicidal thoughts. In The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, the death of a close sibling causes two characters to act out and experience these effects. Enduring a tragedy often leaves one with feelings of depression. These effects could include loss in interest, hopelessness and feelings that things will never get better....   [tags: death, loss]
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Both Amir and Holden grow and change over the course of their journeys in The Kite Runner and The Catcher in the Rye, but whereas the courage and inner peace that Amir gains enable him to come to peace with his past, Holden’s slow growing, understanding of people and maturity do not specifically result in any colossal changes in his life ; unlike Hosseini, who suggests heroism is something you gain through redeeming yourself and having peace with the past, Salinger suggests that heroism is not about the end point where you finally accomplish greatness, but along the journey where you ameliorate yourself....   [tags: amir, holden, fear, heroism] 1157 words
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Esther Greenwood of Bell Jar and Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye - The adolescent protagonists Esther Greenwood, of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, and Holden Caulfield, of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye both struggle to forge and maintain normal relationships with others. Though both characters are virgins, they share a preoccupation with sex and losing their virginity, and react nearly identically when faced with initial sexual encounters. The characterization of Esther and Holden results in the recurrent themes in both novel of failure to meet the expectations of others, the inability to interact with others in educational, personal, social, and familial environments and the resulting isolation, despite living in one of the largest citi...   [tags: comparative essay, Sylvia Plath, J.D. Salinger]
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Mental Illness and Death in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger - ... The death of a sibling at such a young age is not something many people can even imagine let alone actually go through. In this case, Allie's death is very tragic and prolonged because: “ he got leukemia and died...” (Salinger 38). All death is hard to go through but having to watch a loved one slowly and painfully suffer to the end of their life brings a whole new level of hardship. A tragic event like this would be hard for a young child to cope with and would affect them more because of their lack of understanding....   [tags: PTSD, tamara hill, human experience] 807 words
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Holden´s Red Hunting Hat in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... For a buck. Ya like it?’” (29). In this part, Holden takes off his hat and asks his roommate if it is ok for him to wear his hat, although indirectly. So, he is asking if it is okay to express himself. Holden wants positive acknowledgement for his individuality. Salinger writes, “I couldn’t find my goddam hunting hat anywhere. Finally I found it. It was under the bed” (45). He has a sense of panic when he can’t find his hat. He refuses to leave it behind. Holden wants to hold on to the things that make him unique....   [tags: security, comfort, uniqueness]
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Mental Analysis on Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - Today in the United States, according the Nation Institute of Mental Health, , almost one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, and one in seventeen adults are suffering from mental disorders that can be considered serious, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, panic disorder, and post traumatic stress disorders (Health Care Service Corporation) (The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America). J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, provides the narrative of a young adult, Holden Caulfield, who I believe shows many symptoms of several different mental disorders....   [tags: disorders, symptoms, stability, mental]
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Mental illness and Mental Disorders in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four American adults suffer from a mental disorder. This means that 57.7 out of 217.8 million people over the age of 18 are ill; never mind that mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in Canada and the United States. Holden Caulfield, the controversial main character of J.D Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, spends much of the book wandering through the streets of New York City. Kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time, he does many odd things: he calls a prostitute, tries to befriend a taxi driver, drinks with middle aged women, and sneaks into his own house in the middle of the night....   [tags: disability, bipolar disease] 2034 words
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Holden´s Struggles in J.D. Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye - A person who is able to live life with many struggles such as dropping out of school and dealing with a family member’s death can really continue pursuing their lifestyle in the future. In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, it becomes evident that Holden has difficulty accepting himself and others as he constantly defines people as "phony". Before we can understand why Holden leaves on his journey at all, we must understand his struggle. Holden leaves Pencey because he was surrounded by phonies and wants to find success elsewhere....   [tags: Teenager, Self-Esteem] 638 words
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The Hero's Journey of Holden Caulfield - “If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” (Joseph Campbell). Every character walks through an astringent journey throughout their lifetimes. This journey can be viewed as the Hero’s Journey. Undertaking the journey of the hero can elevate the character achievement. The protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye--Holden Caulfield with no exception undergoes the journey. Holden’s journey ventures beyond what he is able to endure, forcing him into the unknown territory. Holden received the quest call to adventure, and responded to the call for the journey when he left Pencey prep school....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger]
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Unreliable Narrators in The Sound and the Fury, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Hunger Games - When a child is born, he or she does not see the same things an adult sees. The baby does not understand language and cannot make the distinction between races or gender or good and evil. While it is impossible to go back in time, novels allow readers to take on a new set of eyes for a few hours or days. They give a new perspective to the world, and sometimes provide a filter to the things seen in the world. Unreliable narrators give authors the flexibility to lie to and withhold information from readers, providing new perspectives into the narrator as well as the other characters of the novel....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 952 words
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Is Catcher in the Rye More than Just a Story of Holden's New York adventure? - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger is not just a story about a teenage boy, going through hardships and complaining a lot. It is truly a tale about growing up, where you as a reader learn more about yourself and how you view others. J.D. Salinger uses Holden Caulfield, as a sort of bridge that teaches us about human nature, feelings and difficult times. J.D. Salinger achieved this very well because Holden is such a unique character but nevertheless we can all relate to him in some way. In this essay/analysis I will go through some of the underlying themes of the novel, that create it more than just a story about some kid in New York....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, story analysis] 952 words
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The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger: Society and Its Problematic Education System - Holden’s family problems, his hypocritical attitude, and his admiration of innocence demonstrate that society expects too much from teenagers because society doesn’t consider each individuals home life. It also shows that schools are not empathetic for students’ problems, even if they affect their school work and education. Every single school Holden attended expelled him, despite this his parents did not choose to notice the reason behind his expulsions, poor mental health. His parents solution was to simply enroll him into a new school after each expulsion....   [tags: dysfunctional families, holden's family]
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Holden Caulfield´s Innocence and Purity in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... This passage from the story tells a lot about Holden, “I couldn't think of anybody to call up. My brother D.B. was in Hollywood. My kid sister Phoebe goes to bed around nine o'clock--so I couldn't call her up. (...) My parents would be the ones. So that was out. Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher's mother a buzz, and find out when Jane's vacation started, but I didn't feel like it. (...) Then I thought of calling this girl I used to go around with quite frequently, Sally Hayes, because I knew her Christmas vacation had started already--she'd written me this long, phony letter, inviting me over to help her trim the Christmas tree Christmas Eve and all--but I was afraid her mother'd...   [tags: companionship, judgemental, mature, pleasures] 848 words
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Holden Caulfield: Dynamic or Static? - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story of Holden Caulfield's growth as a person. Some view Holden as a static character, and say that by the end of the novel he hasn’t changed. I’d say that on the contrary Holden is an extremely dynamic character throughout the story. Holden does change and grow as a character because he lets go of wanting to protect innocence in the world, we see Holden begin to grow into what Erik Erikson believes is the stage of development for adolescents, and he starts to be willing to apply himself....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger] 659 words
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Censorship and Banning of Books - Censorship can be traced back to the ancient times of BC. It is the act or practice of making the freedom of speech socially acceptable morally, politically, and objectively. Today censorship is displayed in media, television, music, and other forms of universal entertainment. Society has more so became lenient with the amount of censorship compared to years and decades ago, which is becoming controversial. The amount of censorship we include in childrens lives, as well as others makes a difference in today's society....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye]
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The Past Affects the Present - ... On the other hand, when Holden is feeling lonely and thinking about death, he suddenly remembers Allie and his funeral. “I have about fifty aunts and lousy cousins…They all came when Allie died, the whole goddam stupid bunch of them. I have this one stupid aunt that kept saying how peaceful he looked lying there. I wasn’t there. I was still in the hospital” (201). When Holden is at his lowest, he seems to go back to the negative aspects of memories. Holden does not talk a lot about not going to Allie’s funeral because it would cause him too much pain....   [tags: J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 693 words
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Holden Caulfield's Clash of Identities - Playwright Tom Stoppard wrote, "If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older." Youth live in a carefree world constantly surrounded by people looking out for them. As they grow older, they are given more responsibilities, and finally, the weight of the world is placed on their shoulders. Some people are able to wean themselves from childhood more easily than others. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles with the difficulties of the adult world....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 950 words
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Holden the oppsite of good - Holden the opposite of a good In the twenty first century many things have changed. Laws have become stricter, medical science has advanced and schools have changed teaching styles for the better. Holden the main character in “The Catcher in the Rye” would not have been a role model if he lived today. Although the times were different and a lot of things slipped through the cracks his actions would not have been acceptable today. There are many reasons Holden is a very poor role model. People can see this through; his academics, his social life and lastly his habits....   [tags: The Catcher and The Rye, JD Salinger]
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Emerging Light and Perpetual Darkness - Tragedy struck at the most euphoric times of their lives forcing two high school boys to endure a colossal woe almost beyond description. In Robert Redford’s drama film Ordinary People, Conrad Jarrett, a seemingly typical high school boy, is at first seen hanging around his jockey friends, conveying a false impression to audience that all is fine. It is later revealed to the audience that Conrad’s brother, Bucky, died in a boating accident leading to Conrad’s failed attempt at committing suicide....   [tags: Ordinary People, The Catcher in the Rye] 1046 words
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The Traumitized Life of Holden - Psychoanalysis is a method of analyzing the mind and helping emotional and mental disorders by inspecting the unconscious mind. According to Jacques Lacan, a psychiatrist, “Human behavior is often something of puzzle, requiring concerted acts of investigation to discover root causes and multiple effects” (105). Holden Caufield in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a perplexed adolescent that is living in misery and agony from the past. From a psychoanalytical perspective, readers can understand Holden’s behavior throughout the novel as a troubled teenager trying to avoid growing up and demonstrates reckless actions like consuming alcohol, immature relationships with women,...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger] 1755 words
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Censorship for J.D. Salinger - Censorship is an ongoing topic that is debated when it comes down to what books student should and should not be reading in school. The book “Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger is one of the most controversial books because of the content that is said in the book. Sex, alcohol, drugs, and profane language are what is mentioned in the book. In my opinion, censorship should be in place so books like “Catcher In The Rye” are banned from schools so students are not able to read such books with that material....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, sex and alcohol]
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Where Is Your Innocence? - Children—when you see one, you cannot help but smile a toothy grin. When you love one, you wish they would stay that way forever. In the book Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, is also a firm believer of this. Many times in the book, Holden finds himself in situations where he confronts purity and the harshness of the real world. All these situations have one thing in common, also one of the themes in the book: the preservation of innocence. When Holden goes to meet his little sister, Phoebe, at her school, he notices crude graffiti, not once, but three times....   [tags: J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 572 words
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Holden’s Red Hunting Hat and it’s Symbolism - Can a hat really provide a person with emotion, or for that matter, can a hat ever protect a person from their own emotions. In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger the image of the main character’s red hunting hat comes up many times. Holden, the main character buys a hat while he is in New York with his school fencing team. Holden has just been kicked out of his school because for academic reasons, he decides to leave his school before the winter break starts, so he goes to New York....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye] 1456 words
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Schizophrenia; An Open Book - From J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye comes forth the timeless protagonist, Holden Caulfield. To some, the perplexing anomalies of his character remain a captivating mystery, but to others, such as psychoanalysts, Holden Caulfield is an open book. By carefully observing his social quirks and inward thoughts, psychoanalysts can make a conclusion about his psyche. Specifically, through his lack of social contact, occasional mood swings, and paranoia among other things, anyone looking through a psychoanalytic lens could conclude that Holden Caulfield is schizophrenic....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye, Character Development]
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Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield can be analyzed through his thoughts, actions and circumstances which surround his everyday life. Holden acts like a careless teenager. Holden has been to several prep-schools, all of which he got kicked out of for failing classes. After being kicked out of the latest, Pency Prep, he went off to New York on his own. Holden seems to have a motivation problem which apparently affects his reasoning. The basis of his reasoning comes from his thoughts. Holden thinks the world is full of a bunch of phonies....   [tags: essays research papers] 640 words
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The catcher in the rye and the stranger - Holden Caulfield and Mersault have both been alienated in their worlds as the authors have so clearly portrayed in both books. But as much as both have been alienated, one is an essentialist while the other remains an existentialist. Holden Caulfield being the essentialist that he is, has psychological motivation for every action he takes. He is a teenager that is struggling with the fact that everyone has to grow up, which to him means that you have to become “phony or corrupt”. While on the other hand Mersault, the existentialist, does things for no reason whatsoever....   [tags: essays research papers] 570 words
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Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye - One definition of a microscope is "an optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of objects." Holden Caufield can be symbolized by a microscope and its parts: the field of view, the focus, and the magnifier. Holden is like the whole of the microscope in three ways. Firstly, a microscope is delicate and needs great amounts of care to keep it in good shape. Holden is also like this. He needs interaction with people to keep him healthy. Secondly, a microscope views things with scrutiny and is used to see things that may not be seen by the naked eye....   [tags: J. D. Salinger] 304 words
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Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Since the beginning of time there have been billions of books written. From those books have come novels. From the novels have come masterpieces. From the masterpieces have come critically acclaimed titles. From those critically acclaimed titles have come classics. Classics represent the highest acknowledged standard of writing. The ingenuity of their literary elements is impeccable. A classic will inspire, intrigue, enlighten, and more importantly draw the reader into the world of the author....   [tags: Papers] 1339 words
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Quotes on Catcher in the Rye - Which African nation, South Africa or Nigeria, will have greater difficulty overcoming problems that stem from its colonial legacy. Why. South Africa will have a harder time overcoming its colonial legacy than Nigeria for a multitude of reasons. The first of many reasons, only three that I will touch on are as follows; the ways in which the settlers changed the beliefs of the African peoples, the second is how they cultivated the land the aboriginal people lived on and the third and final reason is the monetary value they used, and how they dispersed it to the Africans....   [tags: essays research papers] 563 words
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The Catcher In The Rye 3 - 'Sometimes characters can allow a strong feeling or emotion to dominate their lives.'; Holden allows the strong feelings and emotions of death, society, school and innocence to dominate his life. Holden is a very sensitive boy who can not ignore his problems, instead he dwells on them. These feelings and emotions are dominant because Holden believes strongly in them. The strong negative feelings that Holden has for his school and it's community are present because of it's concern for an image....   [tags: essays research papers] 731 words
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Innocence In Catcher In The Rye - If there were one word to tell what the theme of the book was it would be innocence. How we are all innocent at some point, how to try to keep our innocence, and how no one can keep their innocence forever. We all fall from our innocence. Adam and Eve fell from grace and innocence and set the tone for all of our lives. Throughout the whole book Holden is trying to make people keep their innocence and he wants to hold onto it himself. What he needs to learn and does learn through the course of the book is that no one can keep his or her innocence....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1244 words
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Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield of Catcher In The Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield Ever since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Salinger's portrayal of Holden, which includes incidents of depression, nervous breakdown, impulsive spending, sexual exploration, crudeness, and other erratic behavior, have all ascribed to the controversial nature of the novel. Holden embarks on a journey and through every turn in the road, he deals with conflicts within himself searching for the truth in a society full of falsity....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1006 words
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Theme of Maturity in The Bean Trees and The Catcher in the Rye - How does one know that a person is maturing. Are there signs. What defines maturity. “A mature person assumes responsibility for his or her actions” (“Maturity”) but does that mean someone who cannot do that should not be considered mature. In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, both Holden and Taylor go through a period in their lives where they start “putting aside ‘toys’ and fantasies...seeing the world as it really is” (“Maturity”). For Taylor, adulthood is thrust upon her when she “inherits” Turtle, while for Holden it takes till the end of the book--when he is with Phoebe--to realize....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Barbara Kingsolver] 929 words
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Societal and Individual Interdependency in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with the way they are and everyone would accept the differences of others. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and not everyone accepts who they are . Is there a reason why people cannot be content with their lives or with the differences of other people. The answer is yes, and the reason for the discontent is society. With society telling the masses what is, and is not acceptable, it is no wonder that people seem “lost”, and are desperately searching out their place in the sun....   [tags: essays research papers] 2001 words
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Free Essays - Holden and Modern Teenagers - The Catcher in the Rye - Holden and Modern Teenagers The characteristics of Holden from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, will be compared to the "modern teenager". The characteristics of both sets of teenagers are basically similar, but in some parts, they are different. I chose myself as the modern teenager to be compared to Holden. There will be four major subjects to be talked about in the essay. The main subjects that are going to be discussed in this essay are academics, family, experiences and slang....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 893 words
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Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye - "Dey all useter call me Alphabet 'cause so many people had done named me different names," Janie says (Hurston 9). The nickname "Alphabet" is fitting in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God because Janie is always changing and rearraging, never the same. Janie Crawford was constantly searching for happiness, self-realization, and her own voice. Janie dares not to fit the mold, but rather defy it to get what she wants. On the journey to find her voice, she marries three separate men and each one of these men contribute to Janie’s quest in different ways....   [tags: comparison essays] 1018 words
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Holden Caulfield: Typical American Teenager - It is difficult to really define American teenagers, but they’re seen as confused and without any real identity age wise. Although not as prominent as in the 20th century, teenagers have to deal with a misleading phoniness in society today. The teenage years are when a person really decides (or has a decision forced on them) how their views will develop, such as living with optimism or pessimism. Because of pressure from media, peers and parents, teenagers either try to grow up too quickly or simply refuse and get left behind....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger]
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Psychological Profile of Holden Caulfield - Psychological Profile of Holden Caulfield Part One: The patient is Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old teenage boy. Caulfield's appearance is tall for his age and surprisingly has quite a few gray hairs at the age of sixteen. Holden comes from an upper-middle class family. His family has enough money to support Holden with many luxuries including skates and expensive suitcases. It appears that Mr. and Mrs. Caulfield aren?t there to talk, care, and be there for Holden, which seems to drive Holden away from his family....   [tags: The Catcher In The Rye] 3040 words
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