Catcher and the Rye Essay

1382 Words May 21st, 2011 6 Pages
Rob Ferrara
Ms. Groark
English II Honors
26 February 2009 A World of Poor Choices
The exciting novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger expresses the free will of choice. Salinger cleverly conveys how decisions can alter a person’s perspective of their peer. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, is a young teenager who has emotional instability and behavioral concerns. Holden acts immaturely extensively throughout the book. Holden invents a world where adulthood is the emblem of superficiality and “phoniness”, while he chooses to convey childhood as a world of innocence. Holden’s observation of himself being the catcher in the rye is highly symbolic. When Holden states he wants to walk off beyond the cliff and catch the
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This scene inevitably illustrates Holden’s immaturity on an escalating level.
In an excerpt “The Catcher in the Rye Should Not Be Censored” by Edward P.J. Corbett he states “the language is crude and profane in the Catcher in the Rye. It would be difficult to argue, however, that such a language is unfamiliar to our young people or that it is rougher then the language they are accustomed to hear in the streets among their acquaintances, but there is no question a vulgar message in print is much more shocking than if it was spoken” (Corbett 102). Donald P. Costello also agrees that Holden’s language embodies the typical teenage speech. But, the “overpowering degree of his language helps characterize him” for whom he truthfully is (Donald P. Costello 83). Holden’s vulgar language “reveals his age, even when he is thinking he is older” (Costello 84). Holden feels he obliged to use “Chrissake” and “goddam” to illustrate a strong expression. In the sense of Holden’s language a clear display of his adolescence is portrayed.
Holden’s refusal to believe in change and disappearance renders his immaturity immensely. There are several symbolic encounters that demonstrate Holden’s rebuttal of change. One encounter is when Holden visits the Museum of Natural History he is engrossed in the Eskimo figures. The Eskimo figures are appealing to Holden because they are molded into their places and therefore unchanging. The museum is Holden’s

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