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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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My Opinions of The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden is very upset and gets drunk. He sneaks into his home to visit his younger sister Phoebe. He seems to have a good connection with her and tells her about his fantasy, where he saves children playing a game in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff from falling. This idea is based on mishearing a song called “Comin' Through the Rye”. Holden slips out when his parents come home and decides to visit his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini. Holden talks with the English teacher about life while drinking number of cocktails....   [tags: brief character analysis] 450 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 - Intoxication with Innocence Adolescence a period of life when a child develops from a child into an adult. It is the stage of development in which psychological changes occur and efforts towards creating an identity begin. Clearly, it is an emotionally straining and stressful period. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger we are introduce to an adolescence boy. From first impressions would let one to believe Holden Caulfield is just any other teenager going through a phase of rebellion. The truth of the matter is that Holden’s angst arises from a deeper problem....   [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 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 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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Defies Against the Expectations in The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Throughout the novel, it is clearly that he completely loses his innocence through many incidents, such as often goes to the bar, calls up a prostitute, smokes cigarettes, and cusses. He discerns that he cannot stop the process of growing up but still refuses to give up. His realization on “ finding that the world is not what it seemed in childhood—that it is unfair and full of disappointment…is one of the biggest blows of young adulthood” ( McNamara). He dislikes the fact that the adulthood is full of corruption and that is why he gives his best shot to protect Phoebe’s innocence....   [tags: teenager, phony, innocent]
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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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Arrogance in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - ... Instead of expressing and possibly realizing the feeling of inferiority, a narcissist pretends to be perfect. The narcissist could be strictly hiding imperfections in exchange for the jealousy of others who believe the narcissist is great the whole way around. Although researchers are looking into the real cause for arrogance, a definite answer is currently unavailable. Many theories, ranging from how a person is raised during childhood to the inability to manage stress, try to explain the root cause for arrogance, but for the time being psychologist do not know the real root cause....   [tags: siddhartha and holden’s views ]
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The American Teenager in Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - Divya Yagnamurthy Mrs. Cangialosi English 10-H 3 April 2014 Holden and the American Teenager In the 19th century, America consisted of only two phases of life: childhood and adulthood. Children struggled to enjoy their youth and at the same time prepared for the trials and tribulations of the next phase of their lives. The amount of time children spent in school also increased, and parents were waiting a longer time to marry off their children rather than pushing them away at the mere age of sixteen....   [tags: Society, teens, Angst]
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Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield in the Catcher and the Rye - On the surface Holden Caulfield may appear to be wise, however, upon closer examination of his actions it becomes apparent that his true nature is very foolish. He told us the story of when he left Pencey, and we got the chance to journey around New York City with him. Throughout the story, we witnessed many of Holden's actions, and we heard the thoughts going on inside his head. The way he calls people "phonies" and acts like he isn't a fake liar, or how he has very good manners, can give you the impression that he's wise (Salinger 6)....   [tags: actions, phony, statements]
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Sympathy Lacking in J.D Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye - “May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time” (qtd from treesforachange.com), a set of sympathetic words that can be uttered to a loved one during their time of need. Some may believe that these are words that should be said to the protagonist of J.D. Salinger's coming of age novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield is a troubled adolescent who longs for sympathy because he is often regretful, sad, lonely and cannot let go of the past. Instead though, because he puts himself in melancholy moods due to his personality, improper feelings or by running away from his problems, it is also believed that Holden is undeserving of this sympathy....   [tags: Teenager, Adversity, Depression]
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Fanfiction of Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Well, my fanfiction is about Sunny from The Catcher in the Rye. Sunny is the prostitute whom Holden Caulfield attempts to connect with, and not the kind of connect one would normally do with a prostitute. Holden attempts a real emotional connection with her. In my little fanfiction I am going to create my own little back-story for our little prostitute, but I have not done a whole lot of writing so I am sure it will be a woot, more or less. Sunny is a young prostitute, to be exact she was “young as hell” and “she had a little weeny-winy voice” according to Mr....   [tags: protest, realization, rebel]
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The Catcher In The Rye - “I swear to God I’m crazy. I admit it.” It is very easy to automatically assume that Holden Caulfield is crazy. It’s even a logical assumption since Caulfield himself admits to being crazy twice throughout the course of the book. However, calling Holden Caulfield crazy is almost the same as calling the majority of the human race crazy also. Holden Caulfield is just an adolescent trying to prevent himself from turning into what he despises the most, a phony. Most of Caulfield’s actions and thoughts are the same as of many people, the difference being that Holden acts upon those thoughts and has them down in writing....   [tags: essays research papers] 4208 words
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Alienation in The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath - The theme of alienation is relevant in both “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Grapes of Wrath. It is an idea presented very prominently in both books, expressed through characters, actions, and events. The Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, a socially inadequate, sixteen year old boy who distances himself from others as a display of mental superiority driven by the idea he possesses that everyone is a phony, while he appears to be the only one who has remained genuine and authentic in today’s society....   [tags: essays research papers] 606 words
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Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Catcher in the Rye - Discuss the view that in - Behind the Scenes at the Museum - and - Catcher in the Rye - Holden and Ruby can be regarded as unreliable narrators. In both “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” and “Catcher in the Rye” there are obvious signs that Holden and Ruby are troubled and unreliable characters. The informal conversational tone that Holden uses is meant to be spontaneous and unrehearsed; so instead of getting a focused autobiography, we get a scanty account of a few days that often trail into other stories that are what we use to draw a picture of Holden....   [tags: English Literature] 2484 words
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Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye - Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye The coming of age novels, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, and A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, both interpret the lives of adolescent boys journeying through their conflicts and inner confusion to reach the level of maturity. Salinger and Knowles both discern the literal ways a typical teenager grows up with the help of literary elements such as plot, setting, character development, conflicts, irony, symobolism, theme, and point of view....   [tags: J.D. Salinger John Knowles Adolescent Boys Essays]
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Undracheeveng and Cacher in the Rie - Not everyone works up to his or her full potential, they underachieve. An underachiever is “ a person whose performance is significantly below what which would be predicted by educators” (Griffin). Through the psychoanalytic lens, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caufield. The psychoanalytic lens is a way to observe the subconscious mind though actions, emotions, beliefs, habits and symptoms. In J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield demonstrated signs of underachieving that result from the loss of his brother, the competition with his siblings, and his survivors guilt as viewed through the psychoanalytic lens....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 1472 words
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The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist Holden Caulifield views the world as an evil corrupt place where there is no peace. Holden has a phony phobia that restricts him from becoming a fully matured adult. In Holden's attempted journey in becoming a fully matured adult, he encounters many scenarios involving friendship, personal opinions, and his love of children. His journey is an unpleasant and difficult one with many lessons learned along the way; including the realization that he is powerless to change the world....   [tags: Papers] 559 words
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Comparing Catcher in the Rye and Ordinary People - Ordinary People and The Catcher in the Rye    In this paper I intend to show how the loss of a brother can have the same effects on two different people like Holden Caulfield and Conrad Jarrett.  Both of their lives are turned upside down after the difficult loss of a family member.              In the book Ordinary People, Conrad Jarrett has a good life and loving family when his brother dies in a sailboating accident.  Conrad feels lost and confused and he attempts to take his own life as a way out.  He spends eight months in a mental institution and when he comes out he discovered he is a completely different person and has the realization that his old definition of normal...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 626 words
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The Catcher in the Rye: Story of a Troubled Teen - J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher In The Rye, attempts to show the reader the life of a regular boy with troubles on his mind. The rich and troubled Holden Caufield is that boy. His parents are quite wealthy and want Holden to be successful in life as well, but they do not nurture Holden with the amount of love that is necessary. Holden feels the absence of love, which causes him to suffer a variety of emotional problems. Holden needs direction in his life because he constantly struggles to find the meaning of life on his own....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 963 words
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Holden's Cry for Help in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden's Cry for Help in The Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye is a complicated book about a young man going through, what appears to be a nervous break down. This is a book about the boy’s negative self-talk, horrible outlook on life, and a life itself that seems to keep swirling down the toilet. He keeps trying to fill his life with something, but the reality of it is he doesn’t exactly now what he needs. It’s complicated to understand at parts, because all he does is think of things in the worst possible conditions....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1166 words
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Banning The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Did you ever think that books that have sex, obscene language, and immoral subjects can make a good book. The Catcher in the Rye has been on the banned reading list for exactly those reasons. The book was mainly put on disapproval from between 1966 and 1975 in almost every school district in the United States. The book was said to be so bad that in 1960 a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh-grade English class. Despite some opposition to the novel, however, J.D....   [tags: Banned Books Censorship] 1034 words
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The Catcher in the Rye Holden Gets Influenced - The Catcher in the Rye Holden Gets Influenced Everyone gets influenced by someone, even heroes do. The Catcher in the Rye, a novel written by J. D. Salinger, talks about Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy that is trying to live through his problems. Holden tries to learn from his experiences as well as from the ones of others. He goes through many hard times, but he always takes them as a chance to imagine how it could have ended if he had done something about them or what cold had happened if he was not so “yellow”....   [tags: Essays Papers] 783 words
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Holden Caufield from The Catcher In the Rye - Holden Caufield from The Catcher In the Rye A family can be classified as one of many things. It can be a group of people living under one roof; a group of people of common ancestry; or even a unit of a crime syndicate like the Mafia (Merriam Webster). But to Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher In The Rye, his family was what we as a society normally think of when that word is spoken. There are always variations on a theme, but a typical family consists of two parents and at least one child....   [tags: essays papers] 946 words
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Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye From the first moment Holden Caulfield speaks in The Catcher in the Rye, he makes his personality obvious. While he is witty, passionate and honest, he is also troubled and lonely. Holden longs to find his place in the world and connect with other people. Ironically, however, his search for belonging leaves him more confused than ever. Consequently, he develops a psychological condition that can easily be considered a result of his fear and critique of growing up....   [tags: Papers] 568 words
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Catcher In The Rye Essay Comparison With Freud - I think Holden Caufield is one of the few sane characters in The Catcher in the Rye. List reasons why you think Holden is sane, or normal compared to the average teenager. I think holden is sane because he is like most other teens. They deal with emotions, mood swings, relationships with others, etc List some other characters and show how they are stranger than Holden. Mr. Antolini- holden awoke to him patting/petting his head, then asking holden not to leave afterward. P.192-193 Examine Holden’s interaction with society, including family, friends, teachers, etc. Phoebe- Holdens little sister, he loves her most of the family, and she is one of the reasons that stops him from thinking abou...   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1452 words
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Catcher In The Rye Vs. Don Quixote - J.D. Salinger’s TheCatcher in the Rye can be compared to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Both novels feature naive protagonists pining for an ideal world. In Salinger’s novel, Holden Caulfield is a sixteen year old who experiences challenging and questionable events in the mid-stage of his adolescence. Holden wants to protect the innocent children like “the catcher in the rye” from the immorality and corruptness of the “phony” adult world. In Cervantes work, Don Quixote is the idealistic protagonist who sets out to transform the world in accordance to his medieval vision....   [tags: essays research papers] 1001 words
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5 Paragragh Essay: The Catcher In The Rye - From the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the youthful protagonist Holden Caufield, employs the word “phony” to describe the behavior of a number of characters including Mr. Spencer and Ossenburger, however it is not them who are“phony”, it is the young main character. First, Mr. Spencer, Holden’s ex- history teacher, is not described as phony, but according to the adolescent, his choice of words are. Secondly, according to our main character, Ossenburger is not the generous philanthropist he portrays himself to be, but rather a greedy undertaker....   [tags: essays research papers] 589 words
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Holden in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - The Personalities and Emotions of Holden Caufield In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger tells of Holden Caufield’s struggles in life. Holden is a somewhat troubled mind, who has very strong beliefs and thoughts. Holden has many problems going through adolescence. Holden is presented to the readers as being very different in a way that other characters were portrayed during the time period the novel was written. Everyone thinks Holden is crazy. Holden’s character is very casual towards society....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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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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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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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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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 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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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: 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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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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The Story of J.D. Salinger - ... 14). To Holden, everything seemed to drive him crazy, anything that he considered phony he would push himself away from. Going back to when Holden first dropped out of high school in the beginning of the novel, his action can relate to Salinger’s lack of interest in school when he was a teenager. For example, Holden states in the following quote, that even though he dropped out of high school he still manages to perform one of his favorite things to do: read. “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot”....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories] 2495 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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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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