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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 - ... When faced with making a choice he takes the easy way out rather than committing to the more difficult choice. Ultimately, this deprives him of achieving goals that could bring him gratification. He convinces himself and the reader that he is clever in the short term, but in the long term he has achieved nothing and has a shallow, empty existence. Holden makes many wise statements during the story. He states "people always think something's all true" (Salinger 13). In a way, the person reading the story is one of those "people" Holden is talking about....   [tags: actions, phony, statements]
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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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Fanfiction of Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - ... To the common folk he seemed a pleasant fellow, always seen hanging out with the good crowd and helping others by lending a helping hand, he was even the treasurer for the Queen. He went out to some of the people and accepted bribes from them in order to help them out with their taxes and such. He even stole from the royal treasury itself. Whenever it came down to it he would sell out even the best of his friends for a quick buck. Even since then his descendants have been nothing but the finest proper European Ladies and Gentlemen that just sat and leeched on their inheritance....   [tags: protest, realization, rebel]
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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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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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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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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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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 - ... No matter how much one desires to keep the morality of children, it will be a difficult task due to their surroundings of the corrupt world. Even though there is corruption in the world, innocence is still maintained through the childish personalities of Phoebe, Allie, and Sunny. After Holden describes Allie’s baseball mitt, he says, “He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine… You’d have liked him” (33). Allie dies at a young age; therefore, he is not affected by the dishonest world....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 1189 words
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Censorship and the Banning of Books - ... The banning of the book begins when Holden starts to act like the delinquent that he has been described as. The book has a very strong vocabulary of words that are to this day considered inappropriate. As stated in Sweet “The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most barred from libraries and courses, ostensibly because of its sexually provocative language, but probably because of its alienated and irrelevant attitude toward the world” (Sweet 3). For example, the first of the strong language starts in the first paragraph of the book....   [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? - ... Holden, did not exactly liked young people, but he did like people who were innocent and pure, like the nuns and little kids he enjoys to talk to for instance. That reveals that Holden didn’t like to be judge as well, just like his creator. Furthermore, it also shows how Salinger didn’t have a specific way in life and just went with it, which is what Holden shows at times, like when he suddenly destroys his and Sally’s relationship for example. Similarly, Holden does not really seem to be smooth when it comes to sexual relationships....   [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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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 the Influence of Tragedy on the Innocent - ... With the support from the doctors at the hospital he comes to the realization that change is good thing and it is important to shut the door on the past and welcome new ideas. Charlie clearly has an epiphany and decides that he does not want to let the past become a factor that affects his future. In conclusion, both boys have had childhoods that were far from perfect, nevertheless Charlie understands that his yesterday can only affect his tomorrow if he allows it to do so. Even though he is not running from his past, he is also not letting it hold him back from all the opportunities the world has to offer him and this is a sign of his maturity....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 2326 words
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An Analysis of Literary Elements in Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger - ... These points are given across the book from Salinger’s literary devices such as perspective and plot, and rhetorical devices like imagery. The effect these devices give involves attracting the audience’s attention and appealing to the idea of “man versus world,” a common idea used to portray a heroic character. In turn, the perspective and imagery strengthen the plot’s presence and the messages in it. The theme of teen depression is evident through the protagonist. Holden Caulfield suffers from depression and vividly has trouble dealing with his life....   [tags: adolescence, depression, alienation]
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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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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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A Warning to All Young Adults in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - ... This made the book unusual and interesting at the same time. With that being said I believe that the point of view and the antagonist of this story go hand and hand. Holden is obviously the protagonist in the story, but the antagonist is none other than himself. This conflict is solely based on person versus self because Holden is having inner problems with his constant need for acceptance. At the same time he does have a conflict with another character in the story. Even though it was only for one chapter in the book, it is still an important part because the fight between Stradlater showed the built up anger that Holden had towards Stradlater and his opinion of women....   [tags: alientated, teenager, suicide]
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Holden Caulfield: Dynamic or Static? - ... I’d just be the catcher in the rye” (173). In this moment Holden wants to be able to preserve all the youth and innocence in the world. He doesn’t accept that kids have to grow and change and that they can’t stay innocent forever. Later on in the story when Holden is with Phoebe at a carousel again he thinks, “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the golden ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.” At the end of the novel Holden realizes and comes to terms with the fact that kids grow and lose their innocence....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger] 659 words
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Comparative Analysis of A Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - ... He makes excuses because of the fact he is too shy and feels incapable of simply saying hello to a girl. Melinda proves her lack of communication skills when she admits, “I try to explain to the librarian, but I keep stuttering and nothing comes out right”. She is unable to get even a simple message across. Because of their lacking social skills, they are both alienated for not being “normal”. This portrays how humanity is less accepting of those who are different; they simply choose to not associate with anyone who is divergent from 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 - ... He noted that Ossenburger started off with corny jokes, and how he was using his money for attention. Holden does not perceive the usage of Ossenburger's money as effective and worth the attention. He does not think money should have an effect on rank or social status. Holden's opinion of Ossenburger shows his value against materialism. He does not appreciate the usage of money to gain power, or to be used in negative ways. He would rather have friendships and relationships based on personality characteristics....   [tags: friendship, plot, trait, characters] 1314 words
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Holden Caulfield, from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Socio-economics is one of the main differences between Holden Caulfield and Will Hunting. Holden comes from a wealthy family, while Will is from South Boston and works as a Janitor; however, their personalities are very similar. Holden believes that the “game of life” is only a game for the privileged. He says, “Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it....   [tags: game of life, wealth, good will hunting] 690 words
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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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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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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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Censorship and Banning of Books - ... So with television, shows, and movies aired daily for the entire world to see there is optional censorship for parents to choose and mandatory censorship already provided. Although television is responsible for the bleeping and censorship of certain things showed, exceptions for higher ratings are let slide through. Over the years censorship has changed and become more or less of an issue for certain people. This is all based on personal opinion, of what people consider vulgar or not so harsh to be heard by others....   [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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The Traumitized Life of Holden - ... As for Salinger, he has had two marriages that resulted in quick divorces and one lasting marriage in the late 1980s. Salinger had a troubled time finding a connection with someone and understanding the true meaning of love. Salinger transitions his experience with his personal relationships with women to Holden’s character who is unable to grasp the idea of a real bond with someone. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical theories become increasingly evident in Holden’s behavior of extensive psychological problems that are revealed through his depressed thoughts....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger] 1755 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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Emerging Light and Perpetual Darkness - ... Berger; in fact, these conversations become so emotional that Conrad yells at the top of his lungs and experiences an epiphany. When Conrad asks “Who is it who can’t forgive whom?” he begins to realize that the source perpetuating his grief was his fragmented relationship with his mother. Without the step by step assistance from Dr. Berger, Conrad would have never come to that realization; he would still be wallowing in his mire of grief. From this point on, Conrad cracks open the shell of grief and glides into recovery posthaste....   [tags: Ordinary People, The Catcher in the Rye] 1046 words
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Censorship for J.D. Salinger - ... To certain people with certain religions or beliefs, would not agree with that and stop reading the book. As Holden says: In the first place, I'm sort of an atheist. I like Jesus and all, but I don't care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible. Take the Disciples, for instance. They annoy the hell out of me, if you want to know the truth. They were all right after Jesus was dead and all, but while He was alive, they were about as much use to Him as a hole in the head. (Salinger Ch....   [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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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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Death in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Death is one of life’s most mysterious occurrences. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend why an innocent young child has to die, and a murderer is released from prison and gets a second chance at life. There is no simple explanation for this. Though, perhaps the best, would be the theological perspective that God has a prewritten destiny for every man and woman. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye Holden often finds himself questioning his faith and pondering why an innocent adolescent like his brother Allie has to die....   [tags: essays research papers] 533 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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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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