Illusions in J.D. Salinger´s Catcher in the Rye Essays

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"Do not be mislead by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world" (Sai Baba). A world of illusion is an alluring, yet perilous place to enter. It can deceive the mind only to cause damage and distress. Holden Caulfield's life has led to. an atrophy through his struggle of conceiving illusions as reality. In J.D. Salinger's novel, "The Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield battles the constant reminder of his brother, Allie's, death while he roams the streets of New York. Preceding his futile adventures, he is expelled from his fourth school, Pencey Prep. During his extent at …show more content…
"Do not be mislead by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world" (Sai Baba). A world of illusion is an alluring, yet perilous place to enter. It can deceive the mind only to cause damage and distress. Holden Caulfield's life has led to. an atrophy through his struggle of conceiving illusions as reality. In J.D. Salinger's novel, "The Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield battles the constant reminder of his brother, Allie's, death while he roams the streets of New York. Preceding his futile adventures, he is expelled from his fourth school, Pencey Prep. During his extent at Pency, he introduces us to Allie when he writes a paper for Stradlater, his roommate, about Allie's baseball mit. Stradlater shows no interest in this emotional yearning for help, leaving Holden to believe that his problems are nonessential. Holden has a perpetual need for affection, but refuses to allow others into his world of problems and agony. In an attempt at reconciliation, he goes to see his younger sister, Pheobe, after multiple debates with himself. Pheobe had encouraged Holden to see the world in a new perspective of both triumph and defeat. The three days of unavailing wondering had indubitably opened Holden's eyes to a world of genuineness. Salinger uses symbolism to portray that people should see reality as it is, instead
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