Holden is so confused with his life, and so depressed because of the lack of love and affection he receives. As the novel unravels we come to see that Holden likes to distract himself from his issues and problems, by spending time with people who have no significance to him whatsoever, and I believe it is because Holden is trying to find a sense of purpose due to the
We learn of Holden’s fear of growing up and entering adulthood. However, instead of acknowledging that adulthood scares him, he tries to create a fantasy in which adulthood is all full of phonies and childhood is all filled with innocence. Throughout the novel we see Holden try to cling on to his own childhood but also in turn he wants to prevent others from exiting their childhood. This is optimized when he talks about himself wanting to ‘ be the catcher in the rye and all.’ From this quote we learn that Holden perceives adulthood as something that just happens and you don’t see it coming. He wants to stop people and prevent them from entering adulthood, which he likens to being like falling off of a cliff; “What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” .
Growing up is hard. How about trying to fit in Holden’s shoes? The Catcher in the Rye chronicles the events, retold by the anti-hero Holden Caulfield. After Holden flunked out of school, he decides to explore New York for a while until Christmas as he encounters people in hopes of finding his purpose in life. In the novel, Holden’s sporadic tendencies can be linked to his fleeting childhood as the call for maturation gets louder; his contrasting reality and blissful ignorance weighs down Holden physically and psychologically in three ways: Allie’s death, encounter with Sunny, and Phoebe’s carousel ride.
We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye. Why does he have this fear? Shouldn’t someone who acts tough and often brags know that they will never become a phony? The answer would be yes if Holden wasn’t so insecure. Holden’s childish ways cause him to never mature and figure out who he is as a person.
Through his journey, Holden comes across several occasions where he experiences phoniness. This trait is prolifically shown among the people who meet Holden as well as himself, as he talks about the first hand experiences he encounters. Holden’s contempt for phonies is unwarranted due to his own attempts to act more mature than he is, the constant lies he tells others, and his inability to live up to his own moral standards. Holden Caulfield continuously tries to act more mature than he is which makes him unjustified in his
This all shown through Imagery, symbolism, and diction. In the beginning of the novel Salinger portrays Holden as a antisocial person who is often seen alone and describes the world as a “ world full of phonies” one example of this is at the beginning of the book wherein the
Teenagers will feel more anger and negativity about almost everything around them. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s life is a great example of negativity and anger. He had also experienced the injustice of fate - his brother died. On the night that his brother died, Holden broke all the windows in the garage with his own fists. After that day, Holden changed to a different person who is always full of anger and feels disgusted about the world.
Holden seems to be ostracised and victimized from the world around him. Interactions with others confuse and overwhelm him, so Holden is usually isolated. Holden is in this weird situation where he desires companionships or to interact with others but he ends up backing out. The reason behind his alienation could be the fact that others alienate him, he alienates himself, or both for that matter. In chapter twenty, he
Rhetorical Précis 1: In his essay, “ Love and Death in The Catcher in the Rye” (1991), Peter Shaw claimed that Holden behavior and way of thinking is due to common abnormal behavior in a certain time for teenagers (par. 10). Shaw supported his assertion of the young Holden by comparing the literary culture of the 1950s and how Holden’s fictional character fits within the contemporary Americans novels as a, “ sensitive, psychological cripples but superior character” (par. 3). Shaw’s purpose was to show that Holden’s sensitive and psychological behavior is not abnormal, but such like stated by Mrs.
In both novels the protagonists are teenage boys who do not conform to society's standards and expectations. The theme of accepting one for as they are is prominent in both works and is one of the main reasons I enjoy both novels so much. Both of these books have arguments on how one perceives himself. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden believe he is invincible, like when he attacks Straightlayer on page 50 because of a girl he had feelings for. Another good argument that makes the plot convincing is the discussion back and forth between Holden and Mr. Spencer, where the teacher tells him, “do you blame me for flunking you, boy?” on page 15 and Holden has a little hissy fit.