Salinger highlights the struggle after a loved one’s death through the protagonist, Holden, who accounts the memories of his brother Allie: “He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair. I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them” (Salinger 38). At an adolescent age, Holden had to go through the tragedy of his brother's death, where he demonstrated strange behavior due to his emotional instability. Holden had ruined his friendship with Stradlater, who’d asked Holden to write him an English prompt where Holden wrote about Allie’s glove, but had disappointed Stradlater, thus Holden tore the paper. Holden became furious due to the connection Holden had with his brother, he portrayed the misunderstanding that society and adolescents have of one another after a
In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the main character and narrator Holden Caulfeild walks many different paths of life. He jumps around different aspects of his life throughout the book, showing the reader many different sides to himself. This theme is presented through the author’s technique in crafting the characterization and symbolism. J.D. Salinger develops a puzzle of a personality for Holden throughout the book, to show the complexity and multitude of sides to Holden’s character.
J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye features a complex narrative surrounding a troubled young student, Holden Caulfield. Difficulties he faces throughout the story force Holden to confront his fears of adulthood and maturation and the responsibilities therein through the difficulties he faces throughout the story. Academic controversy surrounds whether Holden learns from these confrontations and adjust accordingly, maturing throughout the story. While initially this seems rather subjective, a thorough analysis of Holden’s actions throughout the story as well as of the symbolism injected by Salinger makes it quite clear that Holden does undergo a significant maturity arc as the story progresses. Holden’s social development and maturation
In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield, our protagonist, makes a mental journey in relation to dealing and coping with the grief accompanied with the death of his brother, and we are able to see how his mental status changes and how he needs guidance from loved ones. In this journey, he learns about how to make connections and that staying close to the people he loves can improve his outlook on life and overall mood. During the book, he isolated himself from others and always found the negative in everything, which did put him in a very grim place. In fact, he even becomes clinically depressed, as we can clearly see from our point of view. He soon learns that being with his younger sister Phoebe almost brought
Death affects us all in unusual ways. In the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”, Holden Caulfield has experienced a significant amount a trauma. He has had unfortunate, traumatic experiences, surrounding death. Due to Holden being so young; his immaturity affects the way he analyzes the traumas and pushes him into the depths of depression. Displaying signs of depression, Holden unknowingly rejects life and is resisting change. He does not show the drive to learn and to grow into an adult; disastrously Holden demonstrates depression and suicidal ideations.
The Catcher in the Rye Symbolism Essay J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, is the story of Holden Caulfield’s loss of faith in society, and in particular adults. Salinger uses a number of symbols to demonstrate Holden’s rebellion against the phony facade of society and his desire to preserve the innocence of children, especially those he loves. Chief among them is Holden’s misinterpretation of Robert Burns’ poem “Comin thro’ the Rye”, wherein Holden mistakes the original line, “If a body meet a body”, with “If a body catch a body”. Holden fantasizes about being the “Catcher in the Rye” who saves millions of children from metaphorically falling off the edge of a cliff, in other words, losing their innocence and becoming phony adults, . Holden’s fixation with preserving innocence appears to emerge after the death of his brother Allie, three years earlier. For example, when Holden is asked what he likes by his sister Phoebe he responds with “I like Allie” even though Allie is dead. Holden idolizes his younger siblings, Allie and Phoebe, noting that children that still have their innocence and have not been corrupted by adulthood, an example of this is the way Phoebe still puts sentimental value in the pieces of the “Little Shirley Beans” record, and the way that Allie wrote poems on the inside of his baseball mitt so that “he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat.”
One of the best known novels in English-speaking countries, J.D Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye deals with Holden Caulfield’s past trauma which is the triggering factor in his depression, anxiety and alienation. Holden tells an unnamed person what has happened in the three days prior to his mental breakdown. Through Holden’s relatable characteristics and Salinger’s narrative treatment, the book continues to engage audiences across generations.
In our society, several individuals have a tremendously difficult time grieving the loss of a loved one. The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is about a teenager, Holden Caulfield struggling during adolescence with depression, as a result of losing his younger brother Allie. The novel conveys
Through Holden’s characterization, Salinger makes his readers question Holden’s every thought and action. Throughout the book, Holden mentions his severe depression but he puts it into perspective when he says, “The thing is, if you get very depressed about something, it’s hard as hell to swallow”(Salinger 216). Despite numerous mentions of his depression, this quote allows us to see its interference with basic life functions. This lets his readers see his depression in a personal way. Salinger lets the reader see the effects of his depression exemplified when his brother died. Holden describes the incident when he says, “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”(Salinger 44) allowing the readers to see his crazy behavior of Holden Caulfield in a result of his depression. This all builds up to his lowest
Title Introduction- Throughout the novel Catcher and the Rye, the author J.D Salinger presents Holden Caulfield as someone who is battling with growing up and who is putting up barriers. Holden’s brother died when he was eleven years old, meaning he lost his innocence at a young age. Holden keeps this in the inside and lets out his anger by calling everybody “phonies”.He does find comfort in a red hunting hat and his dead brother Allie. Holden's comfort in materialistic hat shows how he doesn’t appreciate the people close to him.
The novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a narrative which examines the growing process of Holden Caulfield, a rebellious, sardonic teenager. Initially, Holden is portrayed as a rash, somewhat physiologically disturbed adolescent rebelling in the face of society. However throughout the novel he undergoes a noticeable psychological change. Holden’s transformation through his experience in New York examines the nature of maturation and protection of the innocent. These themes are developed by the extensive use of symbolism. Through Salinger’s use of symbolism, Holden’s progression can be traced from his rash cynical outlook to his compassion and responsibility demonstrated at the end of the novel. Holden’s hunting hat, the character of
In the coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, throughout the novel Holden Caulfield is surrounded by many different people and places which bring him together as a whole. Holden begins the novel at his private school, Pencey Prep. In his last days at Pencey his roommate Stradlater and a schoolmate, Ackley is introduced. Being around Ackley clearly annoys Holden, he often has to ignore Ackley or be sarcastic just so he stops bothering him. It’s obvious that Holden swears, A lot! Most of his phrases are “Goddam bastard” or “crummy bastard”. Stradlater is also a big issue with Holden; he’s viewed as cocky, full of himself and rude. The last straw Holden had with Stradlater is when they got in a physical altercation over Jane Gallagher leaving
Re- reading The Catcher in the Rye, the readers learn in fifty pages in that Holden Caulfield’s revered younger brother, Allie Caulfield, has died of leukemia. To worsen this tragedy, Holden saw Allie as the smartest, happiest kid alive. Holden not only lost the brother he loved but he saw Allie be in every way the better of the two. What a burden for an adolescent. We don’t have to look beyond this to understand Holden’s
The Catcher and the Rye Benjamin Lynch 4/6/2012 Thesis Statement: Outline: * Intro * Tropophobia * Suicide * Withdraw himself from society * Incapable of recognizing the beneficial aspects in life * His fear of growing up and projecting others from it as well * Symbolism * Conclusion 1st Draft: The Biographical Lens applied to The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger expresses his view of society in his novel, The Catch in the Rye. His viewpoints are seen in the book through the eyes of young Holden Caulfield. This novel demonstrates modern-day dilemmas and complications that teenagers confront in life. Throughout this novel, Holden Caufield, the protagonist shows signs of clinical
Summary This time period was from around after WWII/1950 to present day. One of the major events at the beginning of this time period was the Korean War. This war actually began before the time period, but ended in 1953. Two years before the Korean War ended J.D. Salinger published “The Catcher in the Rye”, Its main themes were to show teenage angst and isolation against certain groups. This wasn’t just a theme for the novel, but for the entire time period too. This time period was also a time for people to try and make change and stress equality. In 1963, Martin Luther King made his famous I have a Dream Speech. This was the important speech that stressed civil rights and led to the civil rights movement. That same year, very popular president,