Holden has a very different way of showing his depression in the novel. His depression is present when he tries to keep his innocence and stray away from adult hood all while trying to keep his relationship with his brother Allie. Holden wants to be the “catcher in the rye “. He wants to be that person who catches those kids who are falling off the cliff into adulthood. Holden wants to protect those who are close to him and those that he loves.
Holden’s rebellious nature is a result of his desperate attempt to stay out of a phony adult society, but it ends up being a crucial factor in his coming of age process. Wearing his red hunting hat Holden attempts to stand out in the adult world, but it is also crucial being protecting him when he is vulnerable. Holden purchased the hat in New York “just after [he] noticed [he] lost all the goddam foils” (24), which shows that he was feeling vulnerable at the time. When he saw the “red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” through “the window of [a] sports store” (24), he viewed it as a buffer from the outside world.
For Holden, his alternate perspective is fuelled by his inability to accept his impending future and for Gatsby, it is his inability to move on from the past that alienates him from the rest of society. One of Holden’s main preoccupations – and crises – in The Catcher in the Rye is the protection of innocence. He views children as the only individuals that remain untainted by the cruelty and vulgarity of the adult world. This belief is what motivates him to reject all forms of development and prompts him to continue to find ways to relive his younger years. One of the ways Holden does this is with the child-like repetition of the question ‘where do the ducks go during the winter?’
People are cruel because they are afraid of change. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a novel that follows Junior, a 14-year-old boy living on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to receive a better education, Junior makes the bold decision to leave the reservation school and attend Reardon, a school full of white kids in a town neighboring the reservation. Many members of the community do not understand Junior’s decision and are angered by it. When Junior goes trick-or-treating on Halloween night, he experiences
“‘This is the last you will hear from me…I now walk into the wild’” (Krauker, 69) Jon Krauker’s suspenseful novel, Into the Wild, gives an intricate insight into the life and death of Chris McCandless. He knows this trip could be fatal, but he does it anyway, ignoring the fact that his parents and family still cared about him. He was being ignorant toward the people who warned him about going into Alaska on his own and toward his family.
J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is the story of seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield’s struggle to connect with people after losing his brother several years before. Salinger uses the red hunting cap to represent how Holden protects himself in The Catcher in the Rye. At the beginning of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden uses his red hunting cap as a form of protection from those who cannot understand him and what he has been through. Right after his fight with Stradlater over the composition, Holden says, "I couldn't find my goddam hunting hat anywhere.
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden demonstrates the struggle of transitioning between childhood and adulthood by revealing his hassle to grow up. Maturity comes through being an adult and growing up is all about becoming more mature. Throughout the book, Holden goes through numerous conflicts and problems. In the beginning of the book, Holden is gives information about himself.
While in New York City, Holden purchases a red hunting hat, implied to be highly unattractive. Yet, the hat appeals to him so much that when he first saw it he “…lost all the goddam foils” (Salinger p.17). Although he loves his hat, he is ashamed of wearing his hat in front of his friends and family as he believes he will look like a fool. Holden is a unique, however he lacks the confidence to express himself, as demonstrated by Holden’s statement, “I took my old hunting hat out of my pocket while I walked, and put it on. I knew I wouldn’t meet anybody that knew me…” (122).
Similarly to Boo Radley, the burden of the reality is too heavy for the characters to carry and they get crushed under its weight. Tom and Arthur embody the nature of innocence, which refuses to let go until the very last moment and is therefore, either murdered or forcefully kept hidden from the public eye. It is from those characters the reader learns that innocence is precious and fragile
“The Catcher in the Rye” is a polarizing 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. A key text can be defined as a book that had endured the test of time and is still relevant to modern society due to its core concepts. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since been relevant in modern society due to its ability to deal with complex issues associated with coming of age. In particular “The Catcher in the Rye” deals with the issues of alienation as a form of self-protection, the painfulness of growing up and the artificiality of the adult world.
The natural human response to a threatening situation is either fight or flight. Holden's first reaction to adulthood is to attempt and maintain a strategic distance from it by entering his own particular world where he is in control. In his novel, J.D. Salinger, uses various symbols such as, The Museum of Natural History, The Ducks in the Central Park Lagoon, and The Carousel's Gold Ring, to express the overall theme of his novel which is that growing up can be painful. The Museum of Natural History is one of the most vital symbols of the novel as it represents the state in which Holden desires two always be able to stay in, unchanging. The "museum" is a vital spot to Holden on the grounds that it is a spot where the typical "laws" of the
Holden’s environment also had an effect on his personality. Holden would move from school to school and from place to place and would not feel a thing due to the fact that he would not become attached to anything. He states “This is about the fourth school I've gone to” (Salinger 9). This illustrates how Holden moves a lot which results in detachment due to on how he will leave it eventually. Holden tries to not become attached to things because he wants to avoid the future pain of loss.
Salinger’s Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye There are many symbols within J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye that have received a lot of critical attention since its publication in 1951; however, different interpretations of such symbols continue to be disputed by students and scholars all over the world. Salinger incorporates many symbolic events throughout the book that can be understood in a variety of ways. While there is some disagreement over the exact meaning of the Salinger’s work, it is clear that the symbols in The Catcher in the Rye are used to represent the main character, Holden Caulfield’s, struggles with growing up. In the beginning of the story, symbols are used to represent Holden’s rejection of maturing and his attempt