Essay On The Catcher In The Rye Writing Style

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The “Catcher and the Rye” has been called one of the greatest works of American literature. J.D. Salinger certainly wrote a masterpiece that has brought much controversy and criticism. If the reader does not see and understand the intense symbolism and explicit writing, the reader will misunderstand Salinger’s work. Holden is lonely and afraid. After a lot of trouble and terrible experiences he is alone and realizes the world really does not care about him. The “Catcher and the Rye” is a powerful and moving book whose theme is still strong in American Culture today. Capturing and understanding the teen voice remains to be a struggle in the American Family of today. Salinger’s writing style was depicted by the very blunt Holden Caulfield.…show more content…
Holden comprehends the museum and it’s never changing and peaceful atmosphere. The displays of the museum, embody the easy and idealistic life Holden desires. In chapter 1, we see how isolated Holden can be. Observe as he watches the madness of a football game from afar. “It was the Saturday of the football game. I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place.”(Salinger, 5) Holden perceived the football games to be rather “phony’. He was an outcast, and the atmosphere of an enormous event made him frazzled. That was his last football game before he left Pencey. Holden figured he would have one last hurrah before he left the foolishness of Pencey. The title of the novel confused me until Holden clarified who he was in chapter 22. “What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”(Salinger, 225) This revelation occurred as Holden was conversing with Phoebe about what his profession should be. Holden’s response makes sense, based off of the information we know about Holden. Holden desires to hideaway, in his own fantasy view of the world, rather than deal with the
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