Although Holden tries not to express his emotions throughout the book, fear still seeps through his emotional shield when he discusses about his adulthood with Phoebe. Unlike Spencer, he demonstrates teenagers’ cynical perspective on the society, where being an adult will lead to their downfalls or, possibly, to their deaths. Throughout the Catcher in the Rye, Salinger suggests that the cynical perspectives of teenagers may originate from the academic pressure enforced upon them. Spencer unveils his concern on Holden’s future due, to Holden’s academic failure; Holden secretly expresses his discomfort by interrupting Spencer and leaving his house (Salinger 8). In fact, Clinical Psychological Science warned that the stress level increases during the school year.
(his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes. Holden’s obsession stems from his fear that he may become a phony one day. So, he spends the book running from adulthood by doing childish things and struggling to keep his life from changing. We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye.
Rationale The catcher in the rye Title: What if the story ended different? Type of text: Alternative ending to the text Purpose: To show how a small change in choice could affect holden’s life The Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old boy from New York. The novel starts with Holden, writing in his book, hinting that he is in some sort of mental facility .Even though he comes from a wealthy family,because of his loss of interest in studies,and low grades, he gets expelled from all schools he has studied in .Holden leaves his final school, Pency Prep and decides that he will stay in New York City until his parents learn of his expulsion and “cool down” .Most of the novel is dedicated to Holden’s time in the city, Holden lives in a hotel room for a few days during his stay .Holden then starts meeting with people that he used know, some strangers and goes to places with. From his conversations, he
Does smoking, drinking, having sexual thoughts and living on your own make you an adult? Depending on one’s interpretation of J.D Salinger’s realistic novel, the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s behavior can perceived one of two ways: as being more of a child or being more of an adult. Going through Holden’s 3 day escapade, he encounters various situations that challenges the reader to examine his maturity. Most of Holden’s actions displays a variety of child-like behavior. For one thing, Holden tries to grow up to much when in reality he doesn’t even understand what he is doing.
It is written from Holden’s point of view and it is about a week full of conflicts which change his whole life from that point on. Although he thinks his life is full of phonies, he tries to make his way around them and continue living with his parents and sister in New York after his brother died. In The Catcher in The Rye, J.D. Salinger conveys the idea of being immature and the interests of this teenage boy that fears for his future and is curious about being an adult. Holden is not acting like an adult throughout the book, every time something unusual happens he thinks about killing the person behind the event.
The protagonist’s triumphant rise often looked like a struggle for survival. Fagan (1997) viewed “child abuse as one of the most abhorrent of behaviors. Unfortunately, however, it often remains hidden until it is too late for society to save the child’s life or repair the damage. Child abuse also is difficult to define.” Many a novelist dealt with the same protagonist problems. Likewise Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967), deals with two weeks in the life of a fourteen year old boy.
As a result, Gogol decides to change his name. For example, “As a child, he associates a new name with a new identity. Gogol is not bothered by the unusual nature of his name… By his fourteenth birthday, Gogol has come to hate his name” (Lahiri, 76). As you can see, Gogol is very agitated by his name. This shows the reader one day Gogol won 't be able to cope with his name, thus he will be forced to change it.
Through the experience to maintain identity, their thoughts were changed, and both of them become optimistic. At the end of the story of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden allows to go to the new school and decides to apply the school. Before he spends time in New York and goes back to his home, he did not think he wants to go to school because he considered all people around him as “phonies,” and he was not so interested in studying. That is also one of the reasons that he was kicked out from the school four times. In addition, when Mr. Antolini who was his English teacher teaches Holden the importance of getting academic experience by going to the school, Holden did not pay so much attention to what Mr. Antolini says.
‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his perspective. The book is still pertinent due to Holden facing challenges such as loneliness and the inability to make a connection to make with a purpose thus the readers see themselves in Holden. Furthermore, the book also relates to teens with the introduction of drugs, peer pressure, growing up, and the idea of being unsure of things. To add on, in the novel, Holden wears a red hunting hat whenever he feels awkward or when he is in a weird situation.
Which is inferred more as the novel continues. Holden’s peregrination to a mental breakdown conveys how the moral ideals that are taught to kids become lost to the hypocrisy of adulthood by the deterioration of innocence and the artificial facade of society. To not seem “phony”, a recurring word in the novel, J.D. Salinger utilizes repetitive dialogue for the main character Holden Caulfield, to show how desperately Holden doesn’t want to seem insincere and fake. He believes that of all of his prep schools he has been too were all “full of phonies” (Catcher in the rye, page 2).