But not surprisingly, he can’t choose which path to follow, so he stays stuck in the middle. This middle grey area of transitioning from childhood to adulthood for Holden is what is causing his problems and what is making his choices and decisions a lot harder. Holden 's past experiences have taken a toll on him and are starting to cause present issues for him. Holden was only thirteen when his younger brother passed away and it hit him hard. It was the first time in the novel where he shows a lot of emotion and a darker side.
With the use of diction, J.D Salinger is able to portray Holden Caulfield as a troubled teen who is facing tribulations after the death of his brother. As adolescents we tend to face tribulations which change our outlook on life. These tribulations which are caused by the loss of close relatives or friends tend to leave an unforgettable mark within us. Adolescents who go through this grieving process lose trust in people or may see the society as an unfair place. While reading the novel The Cather In The Rye, we meet Holden Caulfield who
Holden shows denial and anger when he flashbacks to one of his memories after his brother’s death. Holden recalls the time he spent the night in his garage: “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. It was very stupid I have to admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it, and you didn’t know Allie (Salinger, 39).” His denial is represented when he does not admit why he did what he did to the garage. Holden
Holden Caulfield, in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is an ideal transcendental hero. Though the question here is to what extent is Holden a transcendental hero. Holden’s way of being can be hard to understand, he has those “soft” moments where he seeks for his sister for comfort, or his red hunting hat, but most of all, a baseball glove that belonged to his younger brother, Allie who passed away. Other time, it’s the complete opposite, he goes for cigarettes, or alcohol.
Escalator of Redemption There is always a chance for a scar to heal, no matter how long it is left to fester. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, since his childhood, Amir feels guilty towards his beloved ones. The more Amir acknowledges mistakes he makes and how they accumulate, the more redemption he yearns to achieve. Amir’s guilt originates after feeling accounted for his mother’s death—Baba’s true love. Subsequently, Amir resists to aid Hassan in his difficulty, fearing he will lose his father’s ‘love’, creating regret that will haunt him for the rest of his young life.
In the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D. Salinger is about a young man named Holden who doesn’t know when to grow up and finds himself in hard situations. He struggles dealing with the death of his little brother, Allie and also gets kicked out of four schools. As Holden goes on a journey to find himself, he ends up finding out more about the world. The author J.D Salinger uses innocence as a central theme for the novel.
In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield starts off as a very complex character who is very anti-social and has not experienced the real world, however throughout the story within three days he encountered many different things which help him lose his childhood innocence and successfully transition to real-world maturity. Holden does things out of his comfort zone and takes risks which is normal for someone who is his age to mature as he grows older. Because Holden becomes more involved with his sex life, communicates more with others, and shows signs that he wants to go back to school he, Holden is successfully making a transition from his innocent self to real world adult maturity. As a sign of growing up, Holden begins to do more adult-like things like having sexual thoughts and actually having sex instead of being sexually insecure as he was in the past.
Salinger 's novel The Catcher in the Rye. On page 141, the author is describing how his main character Holden Caulfield feels very lost and he is saying some pretty suicidal things in this quote. Over the course of the whole story the author is making this a story about a young teenage boy in the strange ages between being a child and a adult and how he feels like he doesn’t fit in with many people because “they’re too phony”. The author’s reasoning for writing the novel the way he did was because he wanted to let all the teens going through that awkward time in between the transition of becoming an adult from a child that they are not alone, no matter how lonely or lost they may feel that they can find something to relate to in Holden Caulfield and see what are the consequences of his actions and allow us to learn from them and prevent them. First, the author shows how holden thinks he is different from others such as how he states “I put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning.
The first cause of Holden 's mental illness that readers notice is that he lacks control over his actions. As Holden was 13 years old, his brother Allie died of leukemia. Holdens behavior in response to his brothers death was very violent. “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 (Holden Caulfield 39).” Holden admits that he didn’t know he was doing it, but says it was a stupid thing to do. According to Dr. Harold, depression occurs when a person’s brain has trouble managing stress such as divorce, loss of a valued friendship, or death of a loved one.
Doug lying next to his wife with children of his own sleeping in the other room woke up and decided that he “will arise and go now and kill Ralph Underhill” (Bradbury 1). The reason this thought came about was because of the horrible things Ralph did to him when they were twelve. These memories were so vivid that the only seemingly just thing to do was to kill Ralph. Doug was not sure why it took so long to seek revenge and it had Doug questioning, “Why it hadn't come to [him] when [he] was thirty or forty”
The baseball mitt represented the past. Before, it wasn’t linked to a tragic event, and would have had no meaning to anyone except for Allie, who used and wrote in it all the time. But after Allie died, Holden used the mitt to hold on to his past. When his brother died, Holden was devastated. So devastated, that he smashed all the windows in the garage and ended