Catcher In The Rye Film Analysis

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The moral dilemmas and diversity attained when one reaches adulthood can appear complex and incomprehensible, hence change is difficult. Through the main protagonist Holden Caulfield, J.D. Salinger captures the confusion of a teenager when faced with the challenge of adapting to an adult society and changing their own sense of values and morals. “. . . I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff…. I’d just be The Catcher in the Rye and all,” shows his idea of catching children that fall off the cliff in the rye field which is a metaphor for his desire to keep other children from growing up. It depicts his fear of the transition and changes into adulthood. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed…show more content…
Likewise, to Catcher in the Rye, characters in both these texts face the unwanted change and is challenged to adapt and embrace the changing environment. In the scene where the soda shop is being overturned, there are slow motion shots highlighting the importance and drama of this twist in the story. These shots are particularly effective in leaving no doubt in the audience's mind that the riots are extremely substantial within the movie and are going to lead to many different means of consequence. In addition, handheld cameras are used during the riot, in order to highlight the franticness of the people. The nature of the shots reflect irrevocably the sentiments of the citizens of the town, in that they are confused, unaware of what is happening and everything is not straight forward and slow moving, like the previous camera angles and devices, used. Other cinematic techniques such as music and sound are used to highlight the dramatic nature of the scenes. For a fairly substantial period, during the slow-motion scenes, the sound of the riots is faded almost to silence, with only large crashes. Over the top of this, a slow, dramatic and depressing tune filters over the scenes of chaos. This music helps in registering to the audience that this is a sad and altering situation that cannot be
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