Analysis Of The Catcher In The Rye

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Society is never perfect, there has never been one that has. Countless problems come from every society, some less than others. There is always good when there is bad, and what is bad to some may seem good to others. In the 1950’s many things deemed socially acceptable are not in today's standards. Even so, the author realized what was wrong with his society and used Holden and his experiences to reveal the problems occurring in everyday life and how disgusting they seemed to someone from a different point of view.. The Catcher in the Rye has a focus on addressing the problems of the culture in the society of the 1950’s, using examples of women, children, and people in general. Women are pressured into doing things they don’t want to. As Holden worries about his childhood friend Jane going on a date with Stradlater, he remembers what happened when he went on a double date with him. “His date kept saying ‘No, please. Please, don’t. Please!’ But old Stradlater kept snowing her in this...sincere voice, and finally there’d be this terrific silence…” (49). In the 1950’s, a woman saying no didn’t mean no, it meant try harder for many boys. Culturally, women were just wives and men did their best to get as far with a woman as they can. J.D. Salinger expresses his distaste of this cultural norm by showing how much the girl didn’t want it and having to do it anyway. While Holden is drinking at a club, Ernie's, he overhears the couple next to him and notices what the guy is doing to

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