There is no uncertainty that Holden has this fear. Throughout the novel Holden emphasizes time and time again his love for childhood innocence. He thinks the real adult world is full of phonies. After child grow up he believes that become subjects to the phony world. However, by the end Holden does not want to be the catcher in the rye anymore.
Chapter 14 Question: Although Holden does not say it, it is obvious that he regrets not letting Allie go to the lake with him and his friend Bobby. He replays the memory in his head but changes his decision by telling Allie to grab his bike. What does this say about his mental stability? 14. Chapter 14 Analysis: It is easy to tell that Holden is not mentally well.
Holden does not allow himself to have friendship because of his dull attitude. In the beginning of the book, the reader knows that Holden is lonely when he separates himself from the rest of the Pencey students by watching the football game (as I stated before) from Thomsen Hill and not the grandstands. Holden is not a very sociable person partly because he finds himself better than many others. Another event in which Holden showed ostracization was when he encountered the prostitute, Sunny. He wanted to connect and interact with her but just couldn’t click.
Holden 's weak connection with his family causes Holden to fail out of Pency. Having nobody to support him while Holden journeys through high school makes Holden lonely and brews his lack of motivation. In addition, Holden constantly isolates himself from society and the people around him. Which leads him to loneliness and severe isolation. In this quote, Holden goes into a telephone booth very bored to call friends.
Holden believes he cannot live up to what his parents expect of him, but he cannot be so sure. He never talked to them to actually Nguyen 5 know what they want. Holden would rather run away from home, without proper preparations, then to just tell his parents what is really going on and how he really feels. His secretive feelings cause him to be alienated from his mom and dad. To add on, Holden is not one to follow society’s rules.
When he asks Holden if he wants to hire a prostitute, Holden agrees even though, “It was against [his] principles and all, but [he] was feeling so depressed [he] didn’t even think” (102). By not following his moral principles, Holden’s ingenuity as well as his phoniness is depicted. It makes Holden unreasonable at his aversion towards those he believes are fake. The various times Holden is incapable of living up to his own moral standards make his contempt for phonies
Spencer, to Holden, takes place near the beginning of the book, as Holden is bidding him farewell. It is a stern comment, showing how serious and straightforward Mr. Spencer is. It is significant because this "game" shows how Holden is taught to abide to the social norms, norms that include the higher class' dominance over the lower class. Furthermore, this shows how contrasted Holden is by this statement, due to the fact that he does not want to be unfair towards those with less wealth, despite how wealthy he is himself. Holden's refusal, his refusal to play "according to the rules," shows how unique but unstable he is, and how his many unethical or unnatural thoughts may originate from his transformation from a child, to an adult.
Holden struggles to become the catcher in the rye. He want to do something in his life and just does not know who to accomplish his goal. Holden is faced with certain challenges that he must overcome before he can save anyone. When explaining his dream to Phoebe Holden says,“I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” Salinger 191 pg.
Holden visits Phoebe back at home after running away and making poor life choices. She asks him what he wants to do with his life and he responds with, “I’d have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. That’s the only thing I’d really like to be” (Salinger 224-225).
In The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger uses themes of childhood and the transition from childhood into adulthood are shown through Holden’s actions and thoughts. Salinger explores these themes through his conversations with Phoebe, his walk inside Phoebe’s school and his experience with the carousel. Throughout J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the recurring idea of saving innocence shows Holden maturing as he eventually comes to realize that growing up cannot be prevented. Holden’s dream of being the “catcher in the rye” is introduced when he discusses with Phoebe what he likes and dislikes and this idea shows his immaturity in the sense that he is unrealistic about his future. Phoebe questions what Holden truly “likes” in the world