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 says that all he want to do is be the catcher in the rye protecting children from falling. The whole novel Holden makes observation around him that are taking away from children's innocence. This is what upsets him the most the fact that everyone will eventually have to grow up. While he is trying to go get Phoebe he is reminded this in the following quote. “I went down by a different staircase, and I saw another "Fuck you" on the wall.
Throughout a child 's life, sooner or later they get thrown into the teenage experience which starts their transition from childhood to adulthood. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield is stuck in his childhood and does not want to grow up. He is a very complex character and has an odd way of dealing with his emotions; he doesn 't. When Holden is faced with a problem, instead of facing it and slowly working his way through it, he tries to get rid of it entirely.
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
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?’ Despite never getting an answer to his query, Holden seems to obtain some form of comfort from the idea of the ducks disappearing in the colder months and returning once again in spring.
Children are perceived in today's society to be naive, some people agree and some do not but in the novel by William Golding, Lord of the Flies, he expresses his opinion on the topic through many examples. In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, he uses child protagonists to demonstrate that mankind is naturally evil through Roger holding himself back from throwing rocks at people, Jack’s obsession to be a group leader on the island, and also Simon’s death that occurred at night. One of the ways Golding demonstrates this is through Roger holding himself back from throwing rocks at people only because of his fear of punishment from the old world. Jack’s obsession to be a group leader on the island is revealed by showing that without anyone in charge
In the story, "Sonny's Blues", the narrator, who is Sonny's big brother struggles with the best way to help his brother. Both were raised in Harlem and lived within poverty. The narrator used his childhood struggles as a stepping stone to better himself and become a teacher for a high school. While Sonny became one of the many teens who fell into the drug world of the streets. The narrator's biggest conflict, in my opinion, is why did Sonny turn down such a dark path and how can he help his brother without judging the lifestyle he chose.
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. As his faults—and guilt—develop during his adulthood, Amir was dedicated to redeem himself and determine “... a way to be good again” (192). Amir is a ‘tortured soul’
Both stories the Catcher in the Rye and Perks of being a wallflower there are similarities and differences. A big difference they have is the fear of rejection. In the catcher Holden is afraid of being rejected by a girl he likes, Jane. In Perks, Charlie is afraid to loose his friends and not be accepted. A similarity is the fear of the inevitable.
The author J.D Salinger uses innocence as a central theme for the novel. The author J.D. Salinger uses a variety of symbols like the kids playing near the cliff, fuck you graffiti, and Allie’s death to show that Holden believes knowledge kills the innocence of kids. The kids playing near the cliff symbolizes Holden’s desire to protect the kids from falling into adulthood and losing their innocence. Allie and kids symbolize the “catching”.The cliff symbolizes adulthood .Holden believes that adults are all phonies (which is hypocritical of him because even Though Holden constantly talks about other people being phony he is himself often phony.