Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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Catcher in the Rye is one of the most famous books in American literature. Written by J. D. Salinger, it captures the epitome of adolescence through Salinger’s infamous anti-hero, Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield learns about himself and his negative tendencies, and realizes that if he does not do something to change his perspective, he may end up like his acquaintance James Castle whom he met at Elkton Hills. Holden tries to find help to mend his outlook on life through Mr. Antolini so he does not end up like James, who did not want to face the problems he created for himself. This is proven by the similarities between James Castle and Holden, Mr. Antolini’s willingness to try and help Holden, and Holden’s future being forecasted by …show more content…
While talking to Holden, Mr. Antolini says, “This fall I think you're riding for- it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man permitted isn’t allowed to feel or hear himself hit bottom” (187). Mr. Antolini is implying that Holden will not realize when he has reached an all time low. Mr. Antolini is also implying that somehow if Holden keeps going on this downward path down, he could possibly even end up dead as well, however that might happen. Mr. Antolini is trying to warn him of this fall and try to help him, before he hits the ground. Mr. Antolini was not able catch James Castle and is trying to make sure the same thing does not happen to Holden. Mr. Antolini says to Holden, “So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started” (187). Mr. Antolini is telling Holden that he has not hit the bottom of his fall yet. He still has time left to turn his life around before it is too late. James Castle jumped out the window and gave up on life, even though it did not have to be the end. In Catcher in the Rye, Phoebe makes Holden realize that he must change his ways in order prevent himself from creating a motif of James’ life. When Holden visits Phoebe, she figures out that Holden got kicked out of Pencey, and “all she kept saying was, ‘Daddy’s gonna kill you’” (165). Phoebe is genuinely concerned for her brother, and tries to help him. Even though she does not
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