Catcher In The Rye Critique

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Formalism and New Criticism: I thought of her going in a store and buying it, and nobody in the store knowing she was a prostitute and all. The salesman probably just thought she was a regular girl when she bought it. It made me feel sad as hell—I don't know why exactly. (13.107) Holden is talking to himself about Sunny that showed his tone in the book. Holden is cynical and judgmental because he said Sunny was a bad conversationalist and being sarcastic on how she is a prostitute who is different from other regular girls. However, Holden is compassionate at the same time, he felt Sunny as a regular girl at that moment. Therefore, he sort of feels sad for her of being a prostitute.

Feminist and Gender Criticism: “I said I’m not going
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He wants to be the catcher to catch children who tends to fall into adulthood. However, in some people’s point of view, it is a normal and regular thing that people would fall from childhood to adulthood, it is nature. This critic many possible messages and themes on the book.

“One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all.” (2.17)
Holden was talking about the reasons that getting thrown of his current school, because everyone was phony at his school. Hoden is a archetypal outsider that he gets exhausted and frustrated that people around him were being phony. His lack of ability to tolerate the phoniness around him makes he isolates himself from the world.

"Jane Gallagher. Jesus ... I couldn't get her off my mind. I really couldn't. "I oughta go down and say hello to her, at least."(4.37)
Holden and Stradlater’s conversation explained Holden’s morals toward women. He tries to say hello to Jane, however he is too scared to. Holden is a passivity coward to express his genuine feelings for this girl. He clearly loves and admire Jean a lot, but he got mad about Jean has a date with his roommate, Stradlater, so he turns around and finds a
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