In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, author J.D. Salinger expresses such struggles through a series of engagements with numerous stereotypes and establishments of the American society. Typical of the 1940s - 1950s, that represent facets of society a well as figurative micro rift of these conflicting positions. Salinger’s narrator and protagonist, Holden Caulfield gives different and sui generis perspective of observing this interaction of the adventures of himself. In this book, Holden is preserved within a glass case at a museum for us to reconsider for, unlike the reader whom Holden addresses, the world will not change.
Moreover, Holden here representing the motif of alienation reveals how humanity is in need to exploit their time with people and express even if they are a closed person, like Holden who is against the world. Holden was begging to release his emotions, “ When I finally got down off the radiator and went out to the hat-check room, I was crying and all. I don't know why, but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome” (Salinger). The fact that Holden is aware that he has no one make him depress , this was a cry for help for Holden.
Second are the ducks at the lake, which is a symbol that symbolizes his struggle with change. The last symbol is the Museum of Natural History. All three of these symbols contribute to the message and themes in the novel. Holden is the kind of person who isolates himself from everyone who surrounds him. He has this desire to not conform.
J. D Salinger´s masterfully created coming-of-age novel,” A Catcher in the Rye " takes place on Pencey Prep School and New York City during the early 1950´s, when the world is just recovering from the physical and psychological damage WWII caused. Holden Caulfield, a failed student at every school he attends, is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Holden is not only the main character, but he is also the narrator of the story. “A Catcher in the Rye” is not only a timeless classic that will live forever in the memories of whoever reads it, but it is also an incredible representation of the hardships of a common American teenager, an asset that few novels can brag about possessing.
The essential element of creating a timeless novel is ensuring that it continues to remain relevant as time progresses. The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, establishes the mentality of a teenager, Holden Caulfield, living in 1950’s. Although there are many variations in society presently, many of Holden’s thoughts and affairs are similar to those seen in the 21st century. Holden deals with relentless insecurities and a struggle with his identity.
Holden seems to be ostracised and victimized from the world around him. Interactions with others confuse and overwhelm him, so Holden is usually isolated. Holden is in this weird situation where he desires companionships or to interact with others but he ends up backing out. The reason behind his alienation could be the fact that others alienate him, he alienates himself, or both for that matter. In chapter twenty, he
He is frightened by the idea of losing his innocence in exchange for adulthood and wonders what will happen to him. Throughout the novel he uses motifs to describe his fear and anger of this change. The motifs he uses are the museum, the cliff and the ducks. Holden is terrified of change. In the book he tries to become a catcher in the rye who protects innocent people from the corrupt adult world.
Keegan Good Mr. Porter English IV 17 September 2015 Analyzing Archetypes in The Catcher in the Rye [ROUGH DRAFT] Archetypes are presented in almost every novel ever written. They assist in providing symbolic and figurative examples to support literary arrangements. The Catcher in the Rye is set in the 1950s. It is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a problematic sixteen-year-old boy. Holden does not specify his whereabouts while he’s telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in an insane asylum.
While Holden believes that everything around him are wicked and phony, there is part of him trying to protect the innocence of those not corrupted by such phoniness. Although Holden wants to protect and save the innocence of children, can he really do so if cannot protect himself and trust those around him. Though Holden believes the world around him is phony and wicked, and while he wants to be the catcher in the rye, catching those who will fall over cliff; Holden does not only want to save those children but he also wants to save himself. Holden displays his desire to be the catcher in the rye by expressing his wish to protect the kids from falling off the cliff. Throughout the novel, Holden often states that everything around him seems to be phony; however, there is one thing in which Holden believes is real, and that is the children he encounters in the novel.