Holden then goes to his dormitory, where he is packing is disturbed by Ackley who stays in the neighboring dorm. He then gets into a fight with his roommate Stradlater who doesn’t appreciate a composition that Holden wrote for him, in addition to probably mistreating Jane, Holden’s old friend, while on a date. After a failed attempt at getting some sleep, Holden decides to spend the night at a hotel. His parents are not yet aware about his expulsion so he does not wish to go home before Wednesday, which is when the Christmas holidays
2. Holden loves his little sister Phoebe. He calls her really smart and a pretty girl and again, like when describing Allie, he says, “You’d like her.” He says he can take her anywhere and talk to her about anything. He goes on and on about Phoebe and keeps saying, “You’d like her.” So it is obvious that he loves her and misses her terribly. His opinion of Phoebe contrasts with the rest of the characters in the novel because she is the only one that Holden genuinely likes. The rest of the characters are “bastards” or “phonies” or “touchy as hell” or a “sunovabitch”. He usually has at least one bad thing to say about someone else, but not Phoebe.
The Catcher in the Rye Literary Analysis Essay Teenage years are difficult. Time tells this story of struggle again and again. The Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel showing the struggles a teenager goes through while transitioning into adulthood. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is a judgmental and temperamental boy who struggles to see the positivity in life. Throughout the story, Holden searches to find himself, as he feels forced to grow up. He holds onto aspects of his childhood and isolates himself so much that it is even harder for him to transition. J.D. Salinger uses the red hunting hat, the museum and cigarettes as important symbols in the story to convey the themes of transitioning from childhood to adulthood, loneliness, and isolation.
The coming of age phase in a young person’s life is a transitional phase which prompts the idea of individualism, decision making, acceptance, moral challenges, disappointment, and individual needs. These years are essential for the overall learning and growing-up part of someone’s life. Coming of age characteristics transpired in the novel The Catcher in the Rye and The Absolutely True Diary of a part-time Indian pertain to, but do not exclude, the acceptance of the complexities and “grayness” of the world, confrontation with the adult world, and the individual needs and desires vs. external pressures/expectations/norms. In both novels, young boys are faced with tough choices that will later help them in the overall transition from
Holden also has a sister, he fears that one day he will lose her too. Holden was very close with his siblings before Allie’s death. He now is afraid he will lose his connection with Phoebe because she is the only one that is able to deal with him and his raving. Everyone else leaves him when he tries to communicate to them how he feels. Phoebe is a symbol to Holden of how innocent his childhood was, and how he wishes that he could have it back. When Holden and Phoebe are on the Merry go round Holden realizes that Phoebe will always come back, such as how she keeps coming back on the ride. This makes Holden happy because she is the
The Smasher in the Pie “I swear to God I’m a madman” (149) Holden Caulfield says, revealing the wicked nature of J.D Salinger’s 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. The book follows 16 year old Holden Caulfield in his days spent alone on the streets of New York City after
Analytical Essay of The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses literary elements such as tone, figurative language, and theme to create the overall effect of a teenager’s cynical and conflicted approach to dealing with the concept of adulthood. Salinger writes about Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year old boy, and his venture through New York City after he is expelled from his preparatory school due to academic failure. During his time in the city, emotional and mental problems surface, and his desperate want for companionship exposes his inability to connect with others.
J.D Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye has been a hit on the shelves since its publication in 1951. It tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a lost adolescent who journeys to find his place in the
“You'll have to jump.' 'I'll jump.' 'Jump!' Major Danby cried. Yossarian jumped. Nately's whore was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off” (Heller 350). Yossarian ends his dialogue in a cheery and fun way because he is finally going to be free from the oppression of the US military. This also shows his increased morals, because in the beginning, he would have just killed the girl for trying to kill him. He also uses arrangement to show America at the time like, “ Heller's satirical masterpiece tells us something about the madness of America” (Pilger, John). This shows how the novel portrays the insanity of the war at this time and how these people need help or to get out. The main part of the novel is just the insane adventures Yossarian goes on throughout his horrifying experience.
Holden Caulfield is a seventeen year old living in a “phony” world, who describes the “madman stuff” that transpired from the earlier year. He is the protagonist and narrator of the story, The Catcher in the Rye, where he mentions he was being hospitalized in a sanitarium in that present year. Holden has a different view on the world, where he portrays it as a “phony” and corrupt place. He fears that his sister, Phoebe, will fall into this world and lose the innocence that he wishes he still obtained. Holden mentions to her that he aspires to be “a catcher in the rye.” His dream is to catch the children before they fall to adulthood, lose their innocence, and be tainted by greed. Although Holden has contrasting views, many observations he made
He couldn’t give a single, solid answer to the question. All he said was Allie. But Allie is gone, and Holden is holding on the the past, a place where he feels, or felt, safe and wants to go back to his times with Allie, who he misses very much. This conversation with Phoebe made Holden really think about what he was been doing for the past years, pushing everyone to the side, not caring about anyone or anything; no friends, failing school, and he comes to recognize that childhood was good, not adulthood or this awful in-between that he is stuck in.
Phoebe is the only person that Holden will listen to and this saves him. Their little talk in Phoebe’s bedroom sets his mind straight. Holden listens to every one of her words and takes them all into account. She tells Holden that he does not like anything and that he is constantly messing up his life. Phoebe forces her brother to think about his actions as she waits for her answer. He tells her how he likes Allie, but she is quick to say that he is dead. This is a significant answer because Holden realizes for the first time that his brother is truly dead and that he must move on. After he leaves the house and goes outside the house he feels the awkward falling sense. “Then all of a sudden, something very spooky started happening. Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddam curb, I had this feeling that I’d never get to the other side of the street. I thought I’d just go down, down,
The title “The Catcher in the Rye”, itself symbolizes the desire that Holden holds to and would like to become. He visualizes himself catching kids as they fall off the cliffs. This children playing in the rye represents their innocence and childhood. The act of the kids falling from the cliff symbolizes the act of losing their innocence. Holden wants to shield the kids from losing their innocence; most importantly he wants to avoid the difficulties that come up with adulthood. In the novel, Holden is seen wearing a red hunting hat that symbolizes his state of alienation. It made him feel unique. The writer has vigilantly used this technique to give meaning to all the actions and artifacts in the novel, which hence makes a significant art piece of
Image. Everyone would like to show something else than who they really are. By portraying a different image, some people are enabled to show a better side of themselves. Others show a side that they think others would approve of. In the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden
The exposition of this story is when Theseus and Hippolytus are preparing for their wedding, and we found out that another character loves Hermai. The rising action o this story is when the couple runs runs into a nearby forest, here there are many fairies. The climax of this story