F. Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

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There’s always been a need to hide certain thoughts or actions from the eyes of others. Society tends to look down towards others who doesn’t follow in the majority’s footsteps. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden struggles to make sense of his thoughts. Many times, he makes judgements or vocalizes his thoughts which leads to many judgments placed upon him. In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses society’s reactions to Holden’s struggle to place himself within the society, in a light that emphasizes his behavior as irrational or in madness, demonstrating how the clouded perception that society has of others can lead to misconceptions of rational behavior. In the novel Holden has varying thoughts about different aspects of life and due to them, the way he takes on a situation can be unique compared to the majority of people. Holden at one time vocalizes his thoughts to Sally, showing how he wishes to run away with her. He expresses his plan, “I have about a hundred and eighty bucks in the bank. I can take it out when it opens in the morning, and then I could go down and get this guy 's car. No kidding. We 'll stay in these cabin camps and stuff like that till the dough runs out. Then, when the dough runs out, I could get a job somewhere and we could live somewhere with a brook and all and, later on, we could get married or something. I could chop all our own wood in the wintertime and all. Honest to God, we could have a terrific time! Wuddaya say? C 'mon! Wuddaya say?
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