The realistic fiction novel, “Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger demonstrates that separation can be a negative form of self-defense. When you refuse to face your feelings and omit yourself from parties and hanging out with friends, you’ll feel worse about yourself and how you’re feeling on the inside. The effects of separation will eventually show if you even deny that you are doing it and cause you to have a negative attitude. The narrator of the story is Holden Caulfield
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” - Christopher Reeve (Reeve, 1999). The protagonists in both stories, A man for all seasons and Catcher in the rye, have some qualities that make them a hero, not necessarily the same type of hero, but nevertheless a hero. Holden Caulfield can be seen as an anti-hero and Thomas More can be seen as an existential hero. In this essay, the following will be discussed, the characteristics of an anti-hero, why Holden can be classified as an anti-hero, the characteristics of an existential hero and why Thomas More can be classified as an existential hero.
Holden Caulfield lives his life as an outsider to his society, because of this any we (as a reader) find normal is a phony to him. Basically, every breathing thing in The Catcher in the Rye is a phony expect a select few, like Jane Gallagher. What is a phony to Holden and why is he obsessed with them? A phony is anyone who Holden feels is that living their authentic life, like D.B. (his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes.
Chapter 16: “It’s All About Sex…” Main Ideas: 1. Sex is disguised by other things such as objects or activities 2. Parts where sex is coded can actually be more intense than literal descriptions Connection: In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden describes his pastimes with Jane playing checkers. Although it doesn’t specifically say, Holden wanted to have sex with her.
Outline: I. Introduction A. Hook and Background of the issue: adolescence in general + brief intro of the book (1 or 2 sentences each) B. Thesis: Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger uses Holden to convey the immature mentality, painfulness of growing up and alienation for protection of typical teenagers. II. Immature mentality A. When Holden asks about the ducks, this reveals his childish side of his character. His search for the ducks represents his curiosity and his encouragement to encounter mysteries.
Throughout the Catcher and the Rye, the story follows the main character, Holden, after his dismissal from Pencey Prep, journeying through New York City, and along the way giving a biased narrative. As the story goes on, Holden talks about his brother, Allie, who died of leukemia, his sex drive, his childhood friend Jane, and his love for his little sister, Phoebe. In Catcher and the Rye, Salinger portrays that inner needs and wants can affect people in negative ways, such as holding onto the past (Body 1), and making poor, impulsive decisions (Body 2). Holden, in the story, is known to be quick to judge people, especially when it happens to coincide with his past.
Sometimes when one pushes people away, it is to protect themselves. In the Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, creates reoccurring gestures of isolation throughout the novel. Holden clearly suggests the requirement of love and affection, however, fails to generate the opportunity to maintain a formulated conversation. During his childhood experiences, Holden becomes emotionally scarred which brings him to push people away. As Holden believes he is protecting himself, he is actually harming himself, as well.
From the outset, I have to say that “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger has been one of the most important and influential pieces of literature I have ever read. At its core, the book is a superb coming of age novel which discusses several extremely powerful themes such as the difficulties of growing up, teenage angst and alienation and the superficiality, hypocrisy and pretension of the adult world. These themes resonated deeply with me and were portrayed excellently through the use of powerful symbolism and the creation of highly relatable and likable characters. One such character is Holden Caulfield whom the story both revolves around and is narrated by.
Jerome David Salinger was a world-renowned American author, mostly known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). His first major success, however, was the short story ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’, first published in a 1948 issue of The New Yorker magazine. It was later published as a part of the short story collection Nine Stories (1953) among eight more stories, one of which is called ‘For Esmé—with Love and Squalor’ (1950). Both of the stories include characters who are apparently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, a mental disorder Salinger himself was a victim of, perhaps. Salinger wrote several books and stories and his writing style is quite unique—using swear and slang words not only in dialogues but also as a part of the narrative, and depicting character actions and their environments in detail in order to make them seem realistic.
The film parsimoniously employs flashbacks to illustrate Ayers’ childhood to reveal that he displayed symptoms of schizophrenia early in adolescence. For example, as the film temporally shifts from present to past, it shows Ayers gradual emotional unpredictability, and in this same period of early adolescence, Ayers experiences some visual hallucinations. Moreover, these scenes illustrate Nathaniel’s gradual social withdrawal, and his discarding of any other activity to satisfy his increasing fixation on music. Further, these flashbacks illustrate how Nathaniel attended the prestigious Juilliard School, but dropped out early, as the acute onset of this disorder took hold. Importantly, these flashbacks also serve to illustrate the prodromal
Salinger communicates the message in The Catcher in the Rye that transition from childhood to adulthood is long and difficult. It is not a process that occurs overnight and many obstacles have to be overcome. The main character, Holden, refuses to grow up and does everything he can to remain in a world of innocence, away from the phony and cruel real world. Growing up means facing challenges and dealing with problems, not avoiding them, as Holden so often tries to do. He never wants anything around him to change and just wants his childhood to last forever, which is why he likes the Museum of Natural History.
Jessica Casimiro October 30, 2015 English 3/PayLea Short Story Essay Patrick Rothfuss once claimed, “The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” The novel Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teen conflicted between remaining in a state of prolonged innocence or transitioning into the world of adulthood, thus facing the corruption and phoniness that it correlates with. Through Holden’s dynamic character, J.D Salinger depicts how innocence is slowly lost when exposed to adulthood. Reluctant to the idea of growing up, Holden strives to protect the innocence of himself and the ones’ around him. Holden reminisces about the Natural Museum of History, a place he enjoyed going
The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, was published in the year of 1951. The novel follows 16-year-old boy Holden Caulfield after he was kicked out of a preppy private school, Pencey Prep. Holden travels around New York City over a three-day time span in 1948 during the month of December. We get to read about his experiences and his surroundings from his perspective, learning what he learns as the story progresses. Through the book, Salinger touches on the subjects of relationships, professional and sexual, loneliness, and deception, sometimes having Holden tell us upright or having other characters reflect that, mostly the latter because Holden is quite revealing about his sentiments.