The Catcher in the Rye

900 WordsApr 23, 20194 Pages
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, the characters help portray many themes. J.D Saligner creatively infused his work with varying themes. Holden unknowingly magnifies the importance of the themes, of which he is often times oblivious. This novel is sophisticatedly written in a manner that allows us to see all the themes clearly. The themes portrayed in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger include phoniness, psychological alienation, and futile protection of innocence. The first theme evident in the novel is phoniness. Holden hates phonies. He cannot fathom them. Everyone around him is quite phony, even his own family. His brother works in Hollywood, as a screenwriter, and he used to be just a story writer.…show more content…
Spencer, Mr. Spencer told him that life was a game, “’Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.’ ‘Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.’ Game, my ass,” (8), this shows that Holden is lying about how he really feels about Mr. Spencer’s advice to avoid having to explain himself. Holden does not want anyone to think he disagrees with them, and for that he is a phony. Another theme portrayed in this novel is psychological alienation. Holden not only alienates other people but himself. He does not allow himself to go to anything trendy within the normality of his school. He does not put himself out in open, for other students to get to know him. For example, he doesn’t go to the football game against Saxon Hill, even though the entire school is going, “The game with Saxon Hill was supposed to be a very big deal,” (2). Holden does not go to this game, not because he doesn’t want to, but because he won’t allow himself to. Holden feels bad for himself because he isn’t popular, even though he does not allow himself the opportunities to become popular. “If you get on the sides where the hot-shots are, then it’s a game,” (8), he tells this to Mr. Spencer because he feels bad for himself. He does not believe in a chance for him to become a hot-shot and thereby his life must not be a game, and does not need to be played by any rules. The novel is of retold events from a boy, Holden, in a psychiatric ward. He

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