Although Holden also has several relationship issues, both with his family and women, “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyonce characterizes his relationship with Sally Hayes. Holden seems to move from one girlfriend to the next, but he starts to make a turnaround when he goes on a date with Sally. She annoys him a lot and Holden seems to have very conflicting and inconsistent feelings for her. Holden is stuck with romantic ideals and unrealistic expectations. However, their relationship ends badly after he offers to run away with her, but she refuses. In this moment, the lyrics “So when I think of the time that I almost loved you/ You showed your ass and I, I saw the real you”, would best describe what he thinks about Sally despite what he thought
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Holden the boy close to none aspire to be. There’s a sense that he may be crazy from all the fights he picks; even on little things. From the time Holden leaves school to the time he is at the zoo with phoebe he is fighting, physically and mentally. Throughout the book Holden is constantly fighting with; himself, other boys, and plenty of girls.
In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden tries to find the truth of himself by being surrounded with lies he tells. He feels the need to lie rather than tell the truth because Holden wants to change. Holden believes lying is better than telling the truth because people won’t know who he really is. Along with telling lies, Holden also calls people, especially adults, phonies. Holden hides true self by living in a corrupted life of lies.
In Chapters V and VI, Holden’s feelings of anguish and anger are expressed in his actions. Holden describes the death of his younger brother, Allie. As a result of his overwhelming emotions, he broke all the windows in his garage with his fist. “It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it, and you didn’t know Allie.” (page 39) Holden couldn’t control his actions and acted recklessly. He does acknowledge that it was dumb to take out his anger by punching windows, but he did it on impulse.
The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger is about a 17-year-old boy named Holden. Holden gets in a very bad condition after his younger brother Allie dies from Leukemia. He gets mentally ill and suffers from serious depression. Holden goes through tough times in which he has a lot of trouble finding friends and keeping good relationships. Relationship and sexuality are big motifs in the novel, which come up very often. Holden is always on the look for a new friend but he always turns away in the last moment. When Holden interacts with women in the novel, he is very different than when he interacts with men. The women characters in the book all are very important because they represent and
Teenagers lives their life differently. However, when the time of being a adolescent arrives, they all have the same confusion and mindsets. J. D. Salinger’s novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, is about a seventeen year old boy named Holden Caulfield, who lives his life with complexes and problems of his owns. Holden lives his life according to his favor and commit unreasonable actions. Holden has a difficult time trying to understand what being a teenager is. Holden Caulfield is a typical teenager because he expresses the problems of being a teenager.
By attempting to shield children from adulthood, Holden is portraying the central theme: the loss of childhood innocence. Through the use of imagery, Salinger is able to paint the scenery vividly within the reader's imagination. What Holden describes as a field is clearly a sanctuary for childhood innocence where no adults are able to enter, and this vision is what allows the reader to further prove Holden’s unwillingness to grow up. The children are playing games which symbolize their innocence because they are worry free and are not involved in the “phony” activities of adults. Children that are running represent to Holden individuals that are maturing too quickly, thus, by halting these people Holden will be able to preserve their innocence.By
In the novel The Catcher In The Rye, the main character Holden experiences a massive amount of struggle. One major struggle he experiences is depression. Many teenagers can relate to Holden because throughout the novel he shows some of the struggles that anyone could be going through. While I was reading I felt sympathy for Holden and wanted to reach out and help him get through his struggles. There are many red flags repeatedly showing Holden being depressed. These red flags are not only found in Holden but can be noticed in other people who are depressed.
How did Holden’s mood change when he saw Phoebe sleeping? How did Phoebe respond when Holden woke her? Why was her respond important to him?
Looking into Holden’s thoughts about intimacy and relations, he is two-faced in his statements. He claims to believe that sex is intimate and should only be between two people who are in love, but acts on losing his virginity with just anybody. This is a strong statement about our society today. In this decade, we are losing intimacy resulting from the use of technology and lack of chivalry. When you go out, almost every person you see is holding a cellphone or a smart-device before his or her eyes. This loses human interaction in result to lack of communication. My conclusion: no one knows how to physically talk to each other anymore; therefore, “relationships” are censored to what the Internet says. Not only we’re losing human interaction,
The Catcher in the Rye was about Holden, who admires in children attributes that he struggles to find in adults to talk to him and he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital. Holden Caulfield,who is 16 year old teenager went to three schools, but fails four of his five subjects only passed English he also struggles with the fact that everyone has to grow up. In the novel, Holden tells the reader through a few days of his life, in which he flaunts his hostile environments. Throughout the book,
In J. D Salinger 's novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist, Holden, goes through many hardships in his journey to self-knowledge. In the beginning, Holden has to deal with being kicked out of school and not having any place to call home. He is also struggling with the unfortunate tragedy of the death of his beloved younger brother Allie. At the same time, Holden is trying to deal with growing up and accepting the adult world. Throughout the novel Salinger addresses the conflicts faced by a young man struggling with the trials and tribulations of growing up while also confronting personal loss and loneliness along the way.
Human always judge each other, on everything from appearance to personality. They always think that people have to do certain things or be in certain ways. They created a rules for themselves; set borders that limits everything thought and action. People think rules and borders that they set are how people should be, and so they expected others to follow that ‘rules’. The Catcher in the Rye, a 1951 novel written by J. D. Salinger, includes this aspect of human nature into its main character, Holden Caulfield. The author uses interior monologues and motifs throughout the story to explain and show how people always judge other people's opinions and actions except their own.
The final symptom Holden experiences is his irrational behavior which is displayed several times throughout the novel. "You're a dirty...and you'll be-" (Salinger 103). Holden angrily backfires at Maurice, a man who began attacking Holden, clearly stronger than the teenager, thus only adding fuel to the fire. Holden's careless attitude results in him making ruthless decisions, such as agreeing to have a prostitute such as Sunny or willing to run away with Sally Hayes. "If you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you're probably aware of the strong connection between your condition and impulsive behaviors. Most of the time, you do something impulsively as a way of finding relief from a stressful feeling--for example, a painful emotion"
This is shown when Holden meets Sunny, a prostitute at a hotel. He pays her, but sends her back without having sex with her. He feels depressed and sorry for her. The next morning Holden has a date with an old girlfriend, Sally Hayes.
Another female that takes part in Holden's life is Sally Hayes. She is a beautiful but shallow girl that Holden has dated in the past. To Holden's standards, Sally is another "phony" person but her beauty makes Holden put his standards aside for the moment. The unusual thing is that Holden made it clear that he disliked the girl, yet he said that the minute he saw her, he felt like marrying her. On their date together, he tells her that he loved her even though it was a lie, and yet he meant it when he said it. In return, Sally tells Holden that she loved him as well. After exchanging their false feelings for each other, Holden tries to explain what is happening in his life, but she is incapable of understanding his problems.