Salinger 's ' The Rye '

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Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D Salinger, it follows 17-year-old Holden Caulfield throughout the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep. The book dives into Holden’s unstable mind as he recounts his story from a rest home, often feeling confused, lost and mad at the world. This underlining theme of teenage angst has become very popular and finds itself in various works of modern day media such as the television show the Fosters. The Fosters follows the story of a similarly troubled but headstrong Callie Jacobs and her journey with her new foster family. These two works of teenage angst share many similarities and differences, especially between Holden and Callie in ways such as how they alienate themselves, their views on the adult world and their want to protect innocence. Throughout Salinger’s novel, Holden is often found alienating himself from society as a form of protection against rejection. This act of self-alienation causes Holden to frequently feel lonely and depressed. He yearns for companionship however; his desire causes him to feel immense pain at the slightest form of rejection. For instance, when Holden decided to spend sometime alone New York, before Christmas break, “the first thing [he] did when [he] got off Penn Station, [he] went into [a] phone booth… [he] thought of giving Jane Gallagher’s mother a buzz … but [he] didn’t feel like it” (Salinger 66). Holden stops himself from calling Jane because he didn’t want to get hurt by the…
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