Sex is something I just don't understand. I swear to God I don't” (Salinger 63). We can see Holden has clash of his emotions as he is trying to find himself out. He does not understand sex and tries to get it out of his life. Yet he is overtaken by his emotions to have relationships with girls because he is getting older and thinking about things like that.
“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. One lesson this story exhorts is that when somebody feels too overwhelmed to face change, they isolate themselves and take it out on others. The story begins with Holden addressing us, the readers, to convey the message that he will not talk about his childhood. That is partially because it is a time that hurts him too
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.
Holden is very young when he loses his brother, which could be the reason he does not know how to deal with the situation correctly. Throughout the novel, Holden continues to think about Allie. For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129).
The way old Spencer embarrasses Holden and reads his essay out loud is an example of how Holden encounters phoniness (pg 11). Holden’s red hunting hat, the ducks at the lake, and the Museum of Natural History are all very important symbols in the novel. Each of these three symbols or objects relate to Holden through one of the four themes; Alienation, the painfulness of growing up, the phoniness of the adult world, or the pressure to conform. All three symbols are equally important because each one of them does not only shape Holden but they all resemble on how Holden truly
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D. Salinger, first published in 1951. The story is set in 1949, and the events take place a few days before Christmas in the vast city of New York. Holden Caulfield is the main protagonist and the narrator. He is a teenager who does not want to acknowledge the fact that he is growing up.
has just been expelled from four of five classes at Pencey Prep. Mr. Spencer holds a lecture for Holden about the
I thought I 'd just go down, down, down and nobody 'd ever see me again. Boy did it scare me"(256). Allies reoccurring presence in Holden 's life causes him to obsess about the unknown future. Since Allie was on of the only people holden was able to relate to, his death took a
His view of life is that everyone and everything in our society is a “phony.” This is apart of his unstableness because it shows that he is unable to hold back his mood swings. Holden could be talking about one topic with sadness for example and then switch right into another topic in which he shows anger and frustration. Throughout the novel, Holden seems to be excluded and isolated from the world around him. As the story progresses we begin to
He really wants to protect her innocence and keep her from becoming a phony for as long as he can. In addition, Holden has a younger brother, Allie, who died when he was very young and in Holden's mind Allie will stay innocent forever. It's why holden likes his little brother Allie so much, even though he isn't alive anymore. Another example of how holden tries to protect the innocence of children is when he sees the words “F**K YOU” written on the wall of phoebe's school bathroom. Holden states, “I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how I’d smash his head on the stone steps till he was good and goddam dead and bloody.” (117) Holden shows here how he would literally kill someone to protect the kids from losing their innocence.