A Book About Life, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Essay

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“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is, in simplest terms, a book about life. A novel about what it means to exist, to be human, and to live – and a sixteen-year-old boy mercilessly critical of the world of 1950’s New York he lives in. The movies, the music, the people are all meaningless to him, even despicable. He hates the way life works – the divisions between the rich and the poor, the endless walking in circles and the inability to understand one’s purpose. Holden feels that life is sad and empty because of unfair economic inequities, the fragmentation of society into different groups and the boringness of adult life.
Firstly, Holden finds existence sad and melancholy because of unjust economic inequities. He doesn’t want anyone
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“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is, in simplest terms, a book about life. A novel about what it means to exist, to be human, and to live – and a sixteen-year-old boy mercilessly critical of the world of 1950’s New York he lives in. The movies, the music, the people are all meaningless to him, even despicable. He hates the way life works – the divisions between the rich and the poor, the endless walking in circles and the inability to understand one’s purpose. Holden feels that life is sad and empty because of unfair economic inequities, the fragmentation of society into different groups and the boringness of adult life.
Firstly, Holden finds existence sad and melancholy because of unjust economic inequities. He doesn’t want anyone feeling inferior or embarrassed, feeling that this kind of emotional sadness over material possessions is depressing. A good example of this is the way he describes his experience of rooming with someone who came from a poorer background than Holden, and how much tension this difference created. Holden had better suitcases than the other boy did, and while Holden eventually hid them under his bed to try and eradicate the economic barrier dividing them, the boy put them back because he cared more about others thinking the suitcases were his, and think that he comes from an upper-middle-class background, than not to be judged based on his economic background at all. Holden doesn’t want to feel the guilt of making someone feel like a lesser
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