Emotions In Catcher In The Rye

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Emotions are something that many people find hard to talk about, especially if these emotions create a negative outlook on the person expressing them. Many novels will bring up these emotions in characters, but not address the feelings directly. However, there is one book that develops that emotional connection between the reader and the characters, but that book has come close to being banned. The book The Catcher in the Rye has created controversy over the sexual content, the illegal substance use, and the mature language. However, the book has also been recognized for its blunt honesty and open speech. This novel should be taught in high schools today due to the way in which it can help eliminate loneliness and fear because of the discussions…show more content…
He knows that the school doesn’t want him to be there anymore, his roommate almost beat him unconscious, and his parents will only be disappointed when they know that he has been expelled from yet another school. For Holden, it seems like there is no one else to turn to, except his younger sister Phoebe who he can’t see unless he goes home. Teenagers all across America feel this same sort of detachment from the rest of society. Only one thing going wrong could cause the rest of our worlds to collapse. Holden ended up trying to live on the streets when he ran out of money, and as the story progressed, he dug himself into a larger hole of loneliness. The New York Times asked one teenager for his thoughts on how our world has changed since the writing of this book. The boy replied, “Yeah my generation has twitter, and facebook, and cell phones, and what-have-you. The world is always changing in little ways like that. It’s the big things that don’t change… there is no way to circumvent the feeling of being utterly alone and…show more content…
This connection that the student has with Holden’s character makes the story much more impactful for the reader since the situations become more real. Holden doesn’t know what he wants to do with his future, and actually fears growing older. He knows that he will have to become responsible for his own actions and deal with the consequences on his own with no one to help him. As he was talking to his younger sister Phoebe he confesses this by saying, “What I’d have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all,” (Salinger 191). This serves to prove two points: Holden doesn’t like the idea of growing up, and he doesn’t actually have a plan. Many teenagers have dreams similar to Holden’s. They want to live lives that don’t exist or are extremely out of reach. It is easier to feel like you have a hold on the future when you don’t have to think about the reality of it all. Personally, I have experienced this same fear. Junior year is the year in which I am supposed to be finding colleges I’d like to go to, or focusing on what I want to major in, or anything else along these lines. It becomes easy to feel behind since there are many students who have

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