The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger tells the story of a teenage boy, Holden Caulfield, who has just been expelled for failing four out of his five classes, from his third boarding school, Pencey Prep. Holden, a sixteen-year-old junior in high school, is transitioning from being a child to becoming an adult. However, he is struggling to grow up, mostly because of his very negative and cynical view towards adults and growing up, and seems emotionally stuck in childhood, unable to develop into a young man. Throughout the book, Holden mentions quite a few times that his secret goal in life is to be “the catcher in the rye”, meaning that he wants to “catch” children before they fall off the cliff of innocence and childhood into adulthood. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger uses this metaphor, being the “savior of childhood innocence”, as a symbol throughout the novel to represent the hardship and painfulness of growing up.
Indeed, Holden tells his little sister, Phoebe, that all he wants to be in life is “the catcher in the rye”: “That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy” (225). In this metaphor, he envisions children playing in a field of rye, full of joy and innocence. This field is located on a very dangerous cliff, and if a child were to come too close to the edge of the cliff, Holden would be there to catch and save them, from falling from

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