Too Much Authority
In Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, The song “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash relates to the events that occurred in chapters 1-7 because Holden is disgusted with Pencey. The lyrics state, “well if they freed me from this prison/ If that railroad train was mine.” Holden has convinced himself that Pencey is similar to a prison of which he wants out of. He does not want to reside at Pencey because he feels trapped and imprisoned. School brings Holden hell-like experiences, and he despises structured areas with authority. Holden wants to roam free, but school is preventing him from reaching his full potential.
“Well if they freed me from this prison
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away”
The song “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground relates to Holden Caulfield's situation in chapters 8-13 in Catcher in the Rye because he is involved with a hooker, a bar, and three women. Holden enters a bar and gets …show more content…
Sinatra sings “I've loved, I've laughed and cried/ I've had my fill, my share of losing/ And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing.” Holden has exceeded the point of no return, and he is weeping due to life he has had. He recognizes that he chose to make the choices that led him to being beat up by a prostitute’s boss, thrown out of multiple schools, and living on the streets. Realizing this, Holden weeps in remorse. Also, he weeps in hope because he has reached bedrock. The only direction available for Holden to go is up. Through losing in life, and being a sorry, cigarette smoking highschooler, Holden knows he did it his way. Amused by his failure, Holden endured hell to find what he truly loves, and needs to be: a catcher in the
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Holden is a troubled kid who has the problem of staying in one school, and meeting his parents standards. Holden takes us through his life from when he was at Pencey Prep, to when he got kicked out, to what he did after, and all the adventures he went on. Holden’s goal in life is to be “The Catcher in the Rye”
The Catcher And The Rye by J.D. Salinger is an epic novel where our main character Holden Caulfield faces many challenges that challenge him as a young man such as growing up, rebellion, and love. Holden like most teenagers is rebellious but to an extreme nature. After flunking out of his fourth school the last one being Pencey Prep he refuses to tell his mother and father. In wanting to avoid this confrontation he leaves three days earlier taking a train back to Manhattan. Where he goes on adventure that turns him into a young man.
Throughout the book, Holden is struggling to get by. The death of his brother Allie has left him in a tough spot. Holden doesn’t exactly know how to deal with this. The different stages of grief are represented through Holden. Holden shows denial and anger when he flashbacks to one of his memories after his brother’s death.
He says, “I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen hill(2).” His eight year sister, Phoebe knew that he got kicked out. Holden did that because he is so detached from everyone; he’s just looking down at what is to come. Through this transition to his lonely journey in New York, Salinger suggests that Holden is searching for himself. His sister questions his actions and tries to find out what he actually cares about in life.
Holden’s answer was, “‘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--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(191). Holden wanting to be the catcher in the rye is a good dream to have but it is also an immature dream because he cannot catch everybody that falls off the cliff, which can also be seen as trying to save the children's innocence.
Holden struggles with growing up and facing reality. There are many examples of Holden’s immaturity that are displayed in many forms such as facing responsibilities, his speech, his actions, and etc. Holden’s outlook on adult life is that it is superficial and brimming with phonies, but childhood was all about looking pleasing and innocent. He wants everything to stay the same and for time to stop. As Holden progresses in age, he will discover more about becoming mature in the
Isolation and Depression: A Vicious Cycle Grief. Depression. Isolation. What do you think when you hear those words? Holden Caulfield has been through a lot, from being kicked out of several schools to being so depressed he wonders why he should go on living. Holdens family keeps pushing him away and that’s where he learns his tendency to push people away who he cares about.
Kylie Hart Ms. Chelsky English 11 22 January 2018 Theme: Adaptation and Strength Song: Silence by Marshmello This song relates to The Catcher in the Rye because they both have the theme of adaptation and strength. In silence he talks about how he found peace in their violence and how he will always keep getting back up into the fight. ¨ I found peace in your violence Can't tell me there's no point in trying I'm at one, and I've been quiet for too long¨ which shows that he's overcoming his previous weakness.
Catcher in the Rye In the book Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, the narrator and protagonist Holden Caulfield a sixteen year old junior undergoes a series of changes. Holden learns multiple life changing lessons; one of them is you must grow up. In the beginning of the novel, Holden starts out as “that kid”; the one with the parents who expect him to get into an ivy league school, and end up with a kid with no intentions of doing so. At the beginning of the book it is very apparent that Holden lacks motivation; he also has hit rock bottom.
Holden begins complaining to her about what he hates, but Phoebe tells him that he hates everything. Though Holden disagrees with her, when she asks him to name one thing that he likes, he struggles to think of something that he likes. So, she asks him what he wants to do later on. Eventually, he tells her that if he could do anything, he would be "the catcher in the rye" (225) because that is "the only thing [he would] really like to be" (225). He hints to the reader that he wants to be the catcher in the rye so
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel that was written by J. D. Salinger in 1951. It was first published by Little, Brown and Company and was originally written for adults, but became popular among teenagers for its teenage main character, who deals with problems a large number of adolescents face in their transition into adulthood. It is not a difficult book to read, especially considering it is only 234 pages. The story revolves around the protagonist, a 16 year old boy named Holden Caulfield, who recently flunked out of a prestigious preparatory school.
“I have a feeling that you’re riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall. But I don’t honestly know what kind…It may be kind where, at the age of thirty, you sit in some bar hating everybody who comes in looking as if he might have played football in college. Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, “It’s a between he and I. ‘ Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer. I just don’t know…
Have you ever felt isolation? Like you didn’t belong somewhere and you were trying to find your place? In the novel The Catcher In The Rye Holden by J.D SALINGER Caufield struggled with this and as we go through the novel it explains step by step why he struggles to simply talk to other people. The story is about how this confused young boy doesn’t want to grow up due to the responsibilities as an adult, he just desires to be this fantasy he has always desired to be which is to help children remain their innocence and stop them from doing things that will make them develop into adults because then the children will remain happy forever with nothing to worry about.
Zhu1 Katherine Zhu EAE 1D Ms. Sivel December 1st The Catcher in the Rye: The Pursuit of Endless Childhood The main setting of The Catcher in the Rye is New York City, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist’s hometown. He decides to wander around the city before heading home, to prevent his parents from noticing that he’s been expelled from his school.