Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person. We see many signs of Holden insecurities throughout the book, like the fact that he contradicts himself. An example of this would be when Sally and Holden are in the taxi and he tells her he loves her, he then counties to say, “It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it” (Salinger 139). Someone who is confident would not lie and play with the emotions of someone else. Another example of Holden contradicting himself would have to be when he hired Sunny, a
Many problems in Amir’s life are unwittingly caused by Hassan. For instance, in his childhood, Amir is constantly competing with Hassan for Baba’s attention and love. This leads to his lack of action when he witnesses Hassan’s rape. His regret for not interfering when it happened and hiding his misguided choice infect his mind even in his adult life six years later when he moves to America. With a few exceptions, people simultaneously embody evil and good in their life; Hosseini demonstrates this with Amir, who is convinced that he himself is evil, and spends most of the book struggling to redeem himself so he can finally realize he is not wicked after all.
Likewise Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967), deals with two weeks in the life of a fourteen year old boy. The story of the novel is about the protagonist Pony boy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ramble Fish (1975) is another novel in which the protagonists are orphans. That novels give a strong impression about the problems that are faced by the teenagers; “Many contemporary young adult novels seem to reflect genuine confusion over what the job of parents. Consist of, beyond keeping kids fed and safe”
In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Mr. Antolini gives Holden Caulfield advice when he is at one of his lowest points. Already aware of Holden’s mental state and position on school, he quotes Wilhelm Stekel, a psychoanalyst, “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” (Salinger 188). Although Holden fails to grasp Mr. Antolini’s message, the quote applies directly to his life because of his relationship with death as a result of his younger brother, Allie’s, death. Mr. Antolini uses this quote specifically because he wants Holden take a step back and try to live for a noble cause instead of resorting to death.
In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger readers are introduced to a young man named Holden Caulfield, who introduces himself and begins to tell his story of how and why he left his school; Pencey Prep. In the story, Holden explains how he is being kicked out of school and doesn 't want his parents to know and so leaves school early. throughout the story, Holden explains what happens to him before he must go home and act like he is home from school for a break instead of being kicked out. When it comes to the topic of Author 's purpose of The will of the individual vs the will of the majority some will think the purpose is to show that Holden going against the will of society to rebel, however, I think the author’s purpose of The Catcher in the Rye was to show that the individual will manifest in his desire for isolation comes from his is fear and damage done by fear of pain, failure, rejection, and is unwilling or unable to go along with the majority. This all shown through Imagery, symbolism, and diction.
Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself. He lies intensely throughout the course of the novel, starting from lying to Ackley at the very beginning of the book. From his sarcastic tone in his conversation with other people, readers can denote his own cynical view on the world. Holden views adulthood as phony, hypocritical and fake while childhood in his mind is a world of innocence, honesty, and joy. That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world.
Holden constantly complains about society and the world around him, it’s always too much for him, it’s always forgery. “I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff,...” (Salinger 51). Holden’s observation is discussing that people often lie when leaving a conversation or when saying hello to people, Holden claims that he hates when people say they are glad to see you because they do not mean it.
When he meets up with Sally he said he felt like marrying her than he discards it by saying "I don 't even like her much." Holden is afraid to love again because of the way his heart and fist was broken when Allie died. As Holden gets more and more upset throughout his days in New York, Allie is a recurring thought. Holden seems to use Allie as a sort of medicine. Thinking of Allie both comforts him and upsets him.
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, archetypes are shown through situations, colors, nature, symbols, and shapes; these archetypes prove that certain characteristics can be represented symbolically and hold meaning throughout the novel. In this novel, Holden Caulfield undergoes emotional changes due to situational archetypes including the journey, the initiation, and the battle between good and evil. He begins his journey by being suspended from school, comparable to when the hero is casted away or exiled. The hero, being Holden, casted out and with no one to turn to, decides to go find himself. This mentor mentality symbolizes the hero’s first step in internal realization, redemption, and his journey to discover who he really is.
Every child wishes to grow up without fully comprehending that adulthood is a cruel reality. Once that child becomes an adult, he immediately wishes for a younger, simplified lifestyle. Through the use of symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger demonstrates the theme that a manipulative and corrupt adult world revokes childhood innocence. The red hunting hat symbolizes individuality that the adult world criticizes.