Examples Of Society In Catcher In The Rye

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In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, author J.D. Salinger expresses such struggles through a series of engagements with numerous stereotypes and establishments of the American society. Typical of the 1940s - 1950s, that represent facets of society a well as figurative micro rift of these conflicting positions. Salinger’s narrator and protagonist, Holden Caulfield gives different and sui generis perspective of observing this interaction of the adventures of himself. In this book, Holden is preserved within a glass case at a museum for us to reconsider for, unlike the reader whom Holden addresses, the world will not change. Let us now explore an array of these encounters and how they demonstrate the theme of conflict between control and independence as the character of the disorder faced by the protagonist Holden Caulfield. Man vs. society is one of the theories that is talked upon throughout the book. This theory has conversed the most because Holden is trying to defeat his depression but does not deal with it in the way it is normally done. Holden is trying to stay away from society to help deal with his depression. He chooses to protect himself and his family from the…show more content…
But not one person he meets wants to listen to him or tries to understand him unless they are out to take advantage of him. It is the society that does not see him for who he is and what he is going through. He is constantly searching for someone he can relate to. He is wise enough to see through people’s negligibility and façades. He is dissatisfied with what is expected of him and is trying to grow up in his own honest way. The Catcher in the Rye is not about Holden so much as it is about society and its inability to deal with anybody who doesn’t follow the crowd and put up a certain front. In Holden’s case, society creates his problems by imposing rules on the life he cannot play
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