The Catcher In The Rye: Why It Is An American Classic?

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This essay was written by a 16 Year Old (2006) in a selective high school (Sydney) in the top English class (later on became Dux of English). Was chosen to be the 'model' essay, so I guess its an A+ or 10/10. 2000 words.

*********************The Catcher In The Rye has been renowned as a classic due to a wide range of factors which have been able to garner appeal to the audience throughout the ages. JD Salinger has created a character- Holden Caulfield, which the audience can easily identify and relate to, demonstrated via his wandering style of thought and retelling of events in the book. Similarly, Holdens popular culture and social commentary reveals much of the human condition, which the audience throughout time could relate to,
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For example, Holden almost seems to deny the present-day Jane Gallagher who is going out with Stradlater, but instead retains the memory of her playing checkers together who liked to keep all her kings in the back row.

His immaturity takes on an almost idiotic level when he decides not to engage in intercourse with Sunny the prostitute, but rather, pay her not to have sex with him and instead starts an uneasy conversation.

Throughout the story Holden tries to maintain the innocence of anything possible. One situation Holden finds himself in is when he is in his dorm in Pencey prep and is ready to leave for the movies and begins to pack a snowball and then admits I didnt throw it at anything, though. I started to throw it. At a car that was parked across the street. But I changed my mind. The car looked so nice and white. Then I started to throw it at a hydrant, but that looked too nice and white, too. Finally I didnt throw it at anything. When Holden talks about how nice and white the car and hydrant looks Salinger implies how pure both the car and the hydrant are. Holden decides not to throw it because he attempts to preserve that purity they both have and puts the snowball down.

Another situation where Holden is irritated by the way society is marred with impurities is when he notices a Fuck You on a wall. In

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