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Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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In the Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger perfectly captures a teenage boy’s struggle with adolescence. The story is told from the perspective of Holden Caulfield. Throughout the novel, Holden takes the reader through a few days of his life, in which he flaunts his hostile attitude to the reader. Over the course of his journey, there is a subtle, yet important, pattern. The Catcher in the Rye includes the constant motif of Holden Caulfield rescuing others, while failing to rescue himself. Jane makes a big part of Holden’s life because she represents purity. Holden knew that Jane before Stradlater did and he doesn’t want the old image of Jane to be crushed, so he holds on to the days when they played checkers together during the summer. - “She's a dancer," I said. "Ballet and all. She used to practice about two hours every day, right in the middle of the hottest weather and all. She was worried that it might make her legs lousy—all thick and all. I used to play checkers with her all the time." (Chapter 4, Page 41) This quote has a meaning in Holden’s life because it shows that Holden really did enjoy his time with Jane and that he really got to know her. By the way Holden talked about Jane in this chapter I can tell he really doesn’t want to let go of the memories they had because Jane is his “Virginal” image of the past and what “love” can be, so her memory is precious to him. I can relate this in many ways to teenagers now a days because teenagers have a certain image of
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