Holden Caulfield experiences flashbacks to the traumatic events that have occurred in his life. Holden is constantly reminded of his younger brother Allie who passed away when he was 11 years old. “So what I did, I wrote about… did, and he had very red hair,” (Salinger 38). The reader can see that Holden is constantly thinking of Allie, and that Allie was one of the people in Holden’s life that made him happy. Holden’s ability to remember the vivid details of Allie and his life prove that these traumatic events, occurring upon those who brought him joy, will always be with him. Not only does Allie pass away, but Holden’s close friend, James Castle, jumped out of the window and committed suicide. “Finally, what he did… didn’t even go to jail,”
In both 1984 and The Catcher in the Rye, the authors use tone, diction, and simile to create a setting in which the government has complete control in 1984 and shabby in The Catcher in the Rye. To begin, 1984 is a novel about a dystopian society centered around a middle aged man named Winston. The story follows him as he goes through his dreary life until he meets Julia, who sparks the rebellion in him, leading to a series of events that eventually get him caught by the government. First, Orwell uses tone, diction, and simile to establish a controlling setting. Tone is clearly seen when Winston is reading off a list of tasks the government has given to him. The words are written short and to the point. Because of this, the tone is cold and
Holden is in a deep depression but, does he stay depressed or go crazy? After Holden’s brother (Allie) dies he gets very depressed. Holden wasn 't even able to attend the funeral. He talks to his brother as if he 's there searching for help from him. This novel is about him moving through New York and witnessing this and not wanting to be a part of it, yet knowing he has to fit in there somewhere. Holden grows a very dangerous drinking problem. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden is a lost and depressed boy looking for a purpose in life. Holden believes that growing up is going to cause him to lose all innocence in himself.
The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, is the story of an angst-ridden sixteen year old Holden Caulfield as he learns to deal with growing up. The story follows Holden through his three day experience through New York as he learns about the truth about innocence, sex, and mortality, making The Catcher in the Rye one of America’s most notable coming-of-age stories. One of the largest influences on Holden’s life was his younger brother Allie who died from leukemia at age eleven when Holden was thirteen. The death of Holden’s brother had a profound effect on Holden emotional state, which eventually caused his complete mental breakdown by the end of the novel.
The idea of having a character that struggles to find themselves is quite a common idea in many books. This is seen in the Catcher in the Rye where JD Salinger puts Holden the main character through different struggles throughout the book to finally realise what his purpose is and what he aims to be. There are many different situations that Holden is put through but they all aim to the same purpose, being a catcher in the rye. Two of the main struggles are his journey into adulthood and to retain his innocence. The second is how he is almost alienating himself from others and very rarely opens up to anybody, and his relationships with people are not great because he thinks of many of the people he meets are phony. These two struggles are what causes Holden to realise his purpose is being a catcher in the rye.
Throughout the novel the reader is exposed to Holden’s damaged mind and personality. This is shown through his hypocrisy, and his dark and antisocial outlook on life. Holden’s troubled mind is likely due to his brothers death, as well as his inability to be optimistic or hopeful. The story of the Catcher in the Rye illustrates the dark and painful parts of life, and how damaging it is if one can not see past these to all of the greatness of the
The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was about the journey of a adolescent boy finding his way to adulthood. In the book Holden Caulfield was unsuccessful in finding his way to adulthood. Holden’s attitude in the novel throughout his journey was very immature. He also can't accept the fact that innocence can’t be forever protected. Lastly, Holden calls everyone a phony when in reality he is the real phony. Although others may say that Holden was successful on his journey, saying that he grew up he. Holden showed lots of immaturity throughout the novel and was the biggest phony of all..
Arrested development works in more than one fashion for Holden Caulfield, as not only does he desperately cling to the past, but his five stages of grief are similarly slowly processed—namely denial. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden as he adapts to life alone in the city, and is forced to deal with the consequences of living in the real world. After projecting his issues onto others throughout the novel, only by accepting his own shortcomings does Holden finally start taking steps towards changing his life for the better.
Three seconds remain in the tied basketball game. The point guard shoots and the ball goes in right before the buzzer sounds off. I bet for a long time, that player worked hard in the gym to practice and perfect his shooting for game time situations like that. It just goes to show that nothing great can ever be achieved without hard work. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye, however, does not quite understand this saying. In the story, Holden does not apply himself to his education at Pencey Prep, which results in his expulsion from school. Throughout the story, Holden, as well as a few other characters, represent the terms expressed in Freud’s Theory of Personality known as the Id, Superego, and Ego.
A uproar occurred between Holden and Stradlater. He fought for Jane even though he stood no chance against his beefy roommate. Generously he stood up for someone who didn't know the entire truth about someone. Much later in the book, Holden generously attempts to protect the innocence of children and protect them from the adult world. Innocence is a valuable to Holden, and he alludes that he had a traumatic experience at a young age which took it from him. It's shown in his attempt to erase the F-word off of public places so kids won’t see it. When his younger sister, Phoebe, asked him what he wants in life, Holden responds with, “What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to fall over the cliff” (Salinger 173). Holden wants to be the “catcher in the rye”. He wants to catch the children as they fall into adulthood, when they lose their innocence. He wants to be a hero but doesn’t want the recognition. This is where Holden’s character is truly shows. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger shows the development from the sin of sloth to the virtue of generosity. Holden changed for the
Holden decides to use the baseball glove of his deceased brother Allie to write a composition for Stradlater, and although Holden does point out he wasn’t exactly thrilled about it, the statement about him not only being unable to think about any other topic, but revealing his interest and liking into the contemplation of Allie’s poems and of his late brother himself, shows his immense care he once had and now has for the brother he lost. Throughout the book that event changed him severely, as it created the sense he needs to be a “Catcher in the rye”, or preserving the innocence of not only himself, but also of the children, who have yet to experience the corruption and evil transferred by the adult world. These events help shape this similar tone, as it represents a darker and intuitive thinking in Holden’s character arc, and when this can be represented through a past event, it helps present the commotion and inconvenience of affairs as something that can be either only a minor event that can be brushed off, or as something that changes entire life’s. How death can drastically change someone’s views is a phenomenon that eventually everyone is going to endure at one point, and the effects on the psyche can be predominant in any
the world because he is constantly trying to make up for the fact that he was not there for Allie. He even mentions that he "talks" to Allie sometimes to let him know how he's doing. Yes, in real terms this can be therapeutic, to talk to something to help get over it. But in this case, it's holding Holden back from living his life and moving on. Because of this, Holden tends to stay away from people because if they get hurt he doesn't want to have to go through that kind of pain again. Also, by not letting go of Allie, Holden will stay living in the past, and if we've learned anything from Jay Gatsby, living in the past can lead to death. This out of place feeling is not uncommon though, and it can be caused by multiple things. For Holden, the fact remains that he was not there for his brother during his time of need and in the end it's become the biggest regret of his
Throughout the novel Holden finds himself talking to his younger brother Allie who has been dead for about three years. When Holden fears for his own existence, such as when he feels that he might disappear, he speaks to Allie. CliffsNotes states “Holden associates death with the mutability of time. He wishes that everything could just stay the way it is, that time could stand still, especially when something beautiful happens.” Holden is haunted by the thought of Allie. He idolizes his dead brother. He regrets not doing certain things with him and believes his life was taken way to young. "I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake – especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all.”(Salinger). Allie’s death is one of the main reasons Holden is emotionally unstable. Allie made Holden happy and Holden regrets taking his love for granted when he was alive, Which caused him to be so attached to Allie. Not only is Holden having to grow up mentally the biological time is catching up with him. Holden fears life and
In the novel The Catcher in The Rye, by J.D Salinger, the main character Holden goes through a tough time and struggles to figure out his identity. He doesn’t want to grow up and doesn't want to become an adult, but he feels like he has little choice. In the novel The Awakening, by kate Chopin, the main character Edna has similar struggles as Holden. She is not like the rest of the women around her, she gets drunk and doesn't want to enter the real world and wants to get away from everyone so she can do what she wants to do.
Holden Caulfield is 16 years old, whose behavior throughout the book is like he feels excluded and also like he doesn’t feel the need to be in this world. He doesn’t express his emotions exactly, he likes to keep it to himself. He heads to his old school late afternoon when the school has a football game going on. He tries to reach his favorite teacher there, but he doesn’t want to be seen by everybody else. He goes to his class and he starts talking to him about his feelings. He explains to Mr. Spencer how he feels about something he needs some advice with. He tells him that he feels trapped on the “other side” of life. Holden is a strange teen, he smokes and drinks more than he sleeps. He’s always in bars drinking with friends.