To commence, this section of the passage is critical to the novel because it is an important character development of Holden. The reader is able to see Holden’s view on death and innocence. Furthermore, in this passage of the novel, it includes an important reoccurring theme of mortality.
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s outlook in life is either the innocence of childhood or the cruelty of adulthood. He believes that the innocence of childhood is very valuable and it should be protected from
Holden has numerous distinct attributes pertaining to both childhood and adulthood. His transition from growing and relational life, to an uncontrolled spiritual realm, this stresses him. He has instances of introspection that helps him encompass a realization for his own livelihood. When he shares with his sister Phoebe what he would sincerely like to do with his life he says “I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” (Salinger 173) That quote reveals the reasoning for the title of the book because Holden wants nothing more than to protect the innocence of children.
Throughout the novel, Holden attempts to find the true from of himself as he struggles with the social interactions around him. Due to the struggle and confusion that arouses from it,
Holden as a character displays the alienation of himself through his behaviour. Holden is not the same as many people and believes that everyone is a ‘phony’. Throughout the novel Holden realises more and more that he is different and sees the world differently to others around him. Holden has created an identity for himself and doesn’t want that to be diminished therefore he alienates himself from the rest of society to decrease the chances of that happening. Holden’s old school, Pency Prep, has the motto “since 1888 we have been shaping young boys into splendid, clear-thinking men.” (pg. 2) This increases Holden’s motivation to leave the school as it will be shaping his identity into something he doesn’t want to be; a man. Holden is all about protecting those younger than him from the dangerous world of adult hood and by alienating himself he feels he has a better chance of
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger, incorporates numerous themes. However, the two most important themes throughout the book were innocence and loneliness. Holden’s innocence is constantly changing as he matures throughout the story. Furthermore, Holden has to deal with the effects of embarking on his journey throughout the story with loneliness. Salinger’s message during the 1940’s shows how American society and the growth of the teenage boy remains the same throughout
“Holden’s world provides no one he can truly emulate.” (Bryan, 33) .m in this novel JD Stanley narrates the secondary characters as personifications as either the exact opposite rejecting Holden wants to be. His fears are portrayed in ackley, stradlater and mr. Spencer. Ackley is described to be what every teenage boy doesn't want to be, ugly and disgusting. stradlater is described as one of the largest Playboy's in pencey prep. Holden describes them both as Big phonies, along with everyone else at pencey. Holden’s fears of death and sickness is shown in mr. Spencer’s sick room. he wants to be wise likes mr. Spencer but he doesn't want the illness and old age. “ Holden is a wonderful creation. So he throws himself around as if he disparages the human race, he does not have the misanthropy that you associate with that kind of disparagement. He has a real feeling for people, that's the richness of his character...” (Moss; Devices, 31) Holden isn't just cynical he sees the world for what it really is he sees boys soccer past the stereotypes right through to the reality and thickness of a person Holden's character is what people in the real world parentheses outside of just not want to see hate the most because these are the types of people that don't lie about who or what they are. Hold him. Want to be something that are played out in the
Readers are able to sympathize and identify with Holden’s rowdy behavior: making immature decisions, breaking relationships, and wanted to act more like an adult. Because of this, the audience recognizes Holden as a speaker for the young generation, no matter what year. Moreover, Holden represents the teenage rebellion and angst that
Many teenagers often find themselves struggling to find their own identity and place in society. Catcher in the Rye is a story about the main character, Holden, who explains his troubles in the world through events in his life. Holden is a fairly misunderstood teenager, who constantly is on the verge of a mental break down. In “The Catcher in the Rye,” Holden’s lack of friendship, loose of a brother, and his need for acceptance from others causes him to feel loneliness in the world around him.
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, the leading character, Holden Caulfield, emerges as an adolescence lost in his own private world of pain and suffering, yet ostensibly he was able to provide himself with all the luxuries and splendors of American society. Holden is presented as a failure who struggles to stay in at least one of the four schools he's been kicked out of. This can reflect that Holden can't manage to get by in life. Throughout the book, it is obvious that Holden is running from so many things such as growing up, reality and people who are phonies. It seems that Holden is confused and trapped in memories from moments past, that he is dealing with loneliness and isolates himself as a form of protection. Not only that but he
The main theme of the novel is the painfulness of growing up. Holden Caulfield continually tries to fit in but is ostracized multiple times. He craves human contact and love, but fails in all his endeavors.
The main character in Catcher in the rye Holden is at a position where he is trying to understand the world around. Where he is concerned with the people of being materialistic. And the fact that young men like many of his class mate are molded by school institutions like Pencey Prep , which was the last school Holden had failed out in the novel, turning young men into homogenized group of people concerned with less morals of society and more worldly gains. Which makes a fray of personality within Holden’s context, where at one point Holden is trying to exist in the American society and on the other hand he is moving away from the society. In that concept understanding why Holden is impendent to the idea where he thinks of himself as
In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is introduced as an extremely perplexed boy. The relationship that he holds with his parents is unstable. At many points in the novel, Holden refers the fact that he has a rocky relationship with his parents. He has been kicked out of many private schools he has attended. In the novel, he attends and lives at a school named Pencey. Holden is kicked out for having failed in some of his classes. His instability begins at this point when the reader learns that he doesn’t want to return home to his parents because he knows the fury that will rage from his parents. He has lived a misguided life by attending private schools. Instead of having parents, he has had professors guide him. Holden’s strange personality helps prove the authors assertion that he is mentally instable. Holden’s narration is very scattered. He sometimes interrupts his own conversations by going off on tangent subjects.
Throughout the novel Holden is rejected and exploited by the society around him. As he is conflicted with himself to find a purpose in life he constantly tries to connect with a superficial society. The ongoing failure and fake personas he meets adds to his depression and cynicism. But instead of facing the problems by growing up and to move on Holden uses this negativity and isolation to protect him. Holden tries show that he is better than everybody else as this is the little stability he has left. When in reality Holden is just scared of the interaction of people because they just submerge him with complications he doesn 't know not yet how to deal with. Holden not being be able to cope with the idea of growing up adds to his loneliness which is the core of his pain. When his encounters first interaction in the novel, Holden Caulfield is an uncaring outcast who sees no motivation in life. As he says to Mr. Spencer, he feels trapped on “the other side of life” (Salinger). Holden constant attempt to fit into society is hidden because of his detachment to people. His only stability right now is to search for his own individuality and to face adulthood himself. That is why
Holden Caulfield is more than just a character in the story, but he is a normal teenage boy. He is someone that many readers can see in themselves. Throughout the novel, Holden faces many obstacles that many teenagers face today. He encounters experiences with alcohol and sex, struggles academically in school, and he is unsure of what his life will turn out to be. This novel says things like they truly are. It does not lie or try to mask the situation. Growing up is difficult, and it is filled with lots of choices; these choices can affect who a person is in life. There is a little bit of Holden Caulfield in every individual. That is why I relate so much to this book. I live in a society that is tarnished and corrupted with drugs, alcohol, sex, and pornography. I am constantly faced with decisions to make each day, temptations to overcome, and moral choices to help with my life. It amazes me at the easy accessibility of these temptations and how quickly one can become addicted to them. However, this book has given me hope that I can mature into a young man who can make the right decisions for himself and help those around him to do the