Salinger 's The Catcher Of The Rye

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The Underlying Literary Movements in The Catcher in the Rye Everybody has their problems. Everyone has their downsides, their pitfalls, their quirks. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel The Catcher in the Rye (written by J.D. Salinger), is definitely worse than most people. The book is a flashback in which Holden reflects upon is flunking out of four private high schools. If this wasn’t enough, after his most recent expulsion from Pencey Prep, you’d expect a person to try and improve his life; Holden is the exception to this generalization. The entire book focuses on his downward spiral towards depression as he reconciles with his past. Throughout the story, we see Holden adopt a variety of personas as he contemplates the past, exhibiting ideals that reflect moments in American literature. Thus, we see him grow as a person and review ideals as Holden tries to gain a sense of who he is and what the next steps he needs to take to forward his life. A prime example of Holden’s emulation of literary ideals comes when the reader is given the ultimatum of whether Holden is truly a psychotic person or if there is deeper meaning towards his slow slip into psychosis. The moment goes in depth on the postmodernism theme when Holden describes to his sister his beliefs towards the poem Comin’ Thro’ the Rye. Through his eyes, he imagines a field of rye; thousands of kids playing in acres upon acres of rye and no supervision. Now take that field and add a cliff severing the…
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