Essay about The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a controversial book from many aspects. There was a public uproar when it was primarily released in 1951, mainly due to the profanity and sexual exploitation within. Salinger was able to construct the text in a unique manner, writing from the perspective of a highly critical, lonely and depressed 17 year old boy, Holden Caulfield, who recounts an incident which occurred one year ago. Holden was expelled from Pencey Prep, a rich and well known prep school with a good reputation. He dropped out due to academic failure but claimed that “he could’ve done the work, he just chose not to apply himself.” Holden decided to give his parents time to digest the news so they wouldn’t be overwhelmingly furious …show more content…
Holden is very judgmental of others around him and quick to criticize the decisions they make, only to exhibit similar faults himself at some point in time. Nevertheless, I believe that the unique and somewhat arrogant view of the protagonist is an imperative component of the text which makes it stand out from many others.

Throughout the course of the novel, the author often uses Holden’s narration to personally discuss his relationship with his siblings. Undoubtedly, the death of Holden’s beloved brother Allie had a staggering influence on him. Although the incident does not occur throughout Holden’s 3 day journey (it happened when he was 13), he makes constant reference to it and the impact it has on him in the present. Even though Allie was younger than Holden, the author was able to depict that Holden adored and looked up to Allie in many ways. Allie’s death was most likely the major cause of Holden’s depression, frequent feeling of loneliness and bitter perspective on life and the actions of those around him. It can be speculated that Allie’s death damaged Holden mentally and is the cause for his behavior. Holden still treasures Allie’s old baseball glove on which he wrote many renowned and inspirational lines of poetry.

Holden’s relationship with Phoebe is possibly one of the most important things to him in life. Phoebe looks

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