In the graphic novel Persepolis, the main character Marjane is a young girl living through the Iranian war, who experiences the loss of many people. In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has given up with school and always feels alone ever since the loss of his brother. Both, Marjane and Holden, are influential characters and have similar attitudes towards life. Marjane and Holden have both suffered so much with losing people that they surrounded themselves with the desire to make their own decisions and make others happy. They both care what others think about them, so they try not to disappoint anyone.
Holden experiences sex in his thoughts but also in certain situations that he eventually backs out of. He encounters a situation with a prostitute named Sunny, instead of Holden actually having a sexually encounter with her he worries about her innocence. Holden is able to detect that she’s young by her word choice and the way she carries herself, when he notices this he decides not to have sex with her and to try his best to perserve her innocence. Holden fails to realizie that the girl’s innocence has already been stolen from her. Love is depicted in the story a lot and hurts Holden; He falls in love with Jane Gallagher but is crushed when he finds out Stradlater took her on a date and most likely took her innocence away from her.
Dr. Derek Shepherd, in the television show Grey’s Anatomy, once said to a friend, “you were like coming up for fresh air. It’s like I was drowning and you saved me.” When people are feeling underwater in their own lives, they need somebody to throw them a lifeline and pull them out from where they are falling. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield feels as if he is sinking into depression and needs someone to save him. Holden perceives that he is alone in the world and is searching for someone with whom he can make a meaningful connection. He is in desperate need of a person to release him from his loneliness and feelings of despair. When Holden’s strong connection with Jane Gallagher ended, his life began a downward
In the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the protagonist Holden Caulfield, does not have the most “heroic” attributes a protagonist should have. Instead of being a hero, we can best identify Holden Caulfield as an “antihero.” We can characterize Holden as a compulsive liar, a craven individual, and having a unique self-inflicted loneliness through being judgmental. Despite these character flaws, Holden has many strengths such as being noble, sympathetic, and having an unstoppable desire to protect those close to him as revealed to us in the true meaning of “Catcher in the Rye.”
Three seconds remain in the tied basketball game. The point guard shoots and the ball goes in right before the buzzer sounds off. I bet for a long time, that player worked hard in the gym to practice and perfect his shooting for game time situations like that. It just goes to show that nothing great can ever be achieved without hard work. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye, however, does not quite understand this saying. In the story, Holden does not apply himself to his education at Pencey Prep, which results in his expulsion from school. Throughout the story, Holden, as well as a few other characters, represent the terms expressed in Freud’s Theory of Personality known as the Id, Superego, and Ego.
Holden is probably the most obnoxious in these chapters meeting up with Luce. The reason is because all he does is talk about sex even though he is a virgin. What I don’t understand is why does Holden care so much for others sex lives? I get that he is a virgin and he may be curious, but it is just really rude and uncomfortable not only to Luce, but also to the reader. The main thing I focused on in these chapters is the question that Luce asked Holden - “When are you gonna grow up?” The reason I focused on this question is because it directly states what the reader is thinking of Holden throughout his journey after he leaves Pencey. The part that I disregarded in these chapters is when the conversation of
In Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, the characters are the main reason for causing their own alienation and being victims of alienation. Holden, one of the character causes his own alienation and chooses to be lonely. One example is when Holden tries to call some of his friends but in the end, he “ended up not calling anybody” (Salinger). Holden is given the chance to hang out with some of his friends but decides he did not feel like it and gives up. Given the chance to ask someone out, Holden instead, decides not to because he gives them, Holden’s family and friends, an excuse for him to stay away. Proving that Holden causes his own alienation due to doing everything he can to stay away from his family and friend.
What should a person do if he or she is kicked out of boarding school? JD Salinger traces Holden, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, on his lonely path after he is expelled from a boarding school. Salinger writes a tale about the coming of age of a teenager who pushes away all of his friends when he needs them the most. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger shows how Holden’s struggles with developing and maintaining friendships result from traumatic events in his past.
To achieve true peace and comfort, rather than trying to find love and comfort from others, an individual will search for someone who will give them a sense of belonging. This is seen through the novel, “the Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger where the persona, Holden, is seen searching for someone or a relationship. For example, the Holden tries to form many relationships including romantically, make friends, and with family members. Thus, to belong with a sense of peace and comfort, Holden attempts to interact with others.
In Catcher in the Rye, Salinger describes the conflicts and contrasts in Holden’s view of women by Holden’s interactions with Sunny and girls his age to help the reader understand how Holden views women. The first way Salinger explains Holden’s views is when he is describing his dates with girls his age. He says, “She keeps telling you to stop. The trouble with me is, I stop. Most guys don’t. I can’t help it.” What Holden needs to realize that his ‘trouble’ isn’t a problem but a blessing. He talks about how most guys do not stop when their dates do not want to have sex but in Holden’s case he does stop because of all the respect for women’s space he has on the inside. This internal respect comes back when he is with Sunny. When Sunny gets to
Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye spends most of his time and energy being cynical towards the phoniness of the world around him. Author J.D. Salinger uses the word “phony” numerous times throughout the novel to highlight Holden’s resentment against liars and individuals who share different values or beliefs than him. Additionally, the author uses the word phony to express Holden’s resentment against the pressures and stereotypes placed on teenagers by society.
In the novel by J.D Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield tries to battle through the burdens of becoming an adult and growing up in a bone chilling world. Through his journey he comes across five central themes that are psychological paths to cross. Predominantly, alienation is an accent that Holden can’t contradict. Next, Caulfield shows self-protection by isolating himself. Then, losses of innocence, his mental capacity to understand the nature of acts start to become incomprehensible. Thereafter, depression starts to play a role in his mind frame. Lastly, his processed present mindset and his pursuit of happiness.
Walt Disney once said “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” This quote represents that growing up can be only chosen, not given. Also, it shows that maturation is the journey from childhood to adulthood. The main character in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, relates to this quote, because Holden has a body of a sixteen-year-old, but a mind of a ten-year-old. Growing up was the last thing Holden ever wanted to do. Though Holden tries utmost to fit in the adult world, but he can’t find the right path to follow to. He sees the world in with a different view of the people and society. The number of people he enjoys being with are as many as how many fingers in a human’s hand. Everywhere he seems to go, he has some bad things to say about it. Holden acts like a kid, but loves the luxury of the adult world. He soons to understand how the world functions and communicate, until he realizes that everything has an outcome.
Social Interaction is a part of our everyday lives. Have you ever tasted the pain of social rejection? If so, you know the downside to social interactions. The period of adolescence is where one could most likely experience the sting of social rejection. Many would think the effect of this rejection could lead to many emotional problems but the result could be quite different . Rejection and the need for belonging is being neglected in our society. In J.D Salinger's novel “The Catcher In the Rye,” Holden Caulfield struggles with expressing himself in a manner that is accurate to his own personal and social codes. In a world full of “hot shots” Holden wants to maintain a life abiding to his view of the world.
In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, relationships, sex, and sexuality are ideas that often appear. Holden’s obsession with them reveals his distant perspective of these subjects, which demonstrates that relationships, sex, and sexuality are factors that can cause someone to be alienated from the rest of society.