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” .
The struggle of adolescence combined with the themes of loss and isolation through one Holden Caulfield. This coming of age story of Holden in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is a famous all american masterpiece. Within the book, Salinger’s is known for his frequent and detailed use of symbolism from Holden’s hat representing his shield and childlike vulnerability to the ducks in Central Park as a reflection of his subconscious mind trying to get help. One famous symbolism is the small detail of Holden’s right hand, specifically his inability to make a fist gives a window into his character and reflects his current state of mind and his path to adulthood. Psychologically analysing Holden, his fist is an important symbolic indicator of
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. Salinger tries explaining the woes of growing up in Holden’s shoes as the poignant message of turbulence that comes with growing up still resonates
The book began with Holden at a school in Pennsylvania, Pencey Prep, talking about his life and his roommate and the guy next door; Stradlater and Ackley. The reader found out Holden had been expelled from Pency when he talked about Christmas vacation. Holden was kicked out, “on account of I was flunking four subjects and not
The Catcher in the Rye In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger writes about a teenager struggling to find his place within the existence of the reality of others. Salinger creates shocking events that lay out the foundation of the the main character Holden Caulfield’s life in the novel. Salinger uses Holden’s characteristics throughout the novel such as Holden’s stubbornness to establish a much bigger theme in the book along with many other symbols. In the paradoxical personality of Holden we discover something much deeper. As Holden makes himself out to be tougher than what he actually is, Salinger introduces stubbornness.
Holden is reminded of the fact that he never has anyone around him to care for him, and it makes him feel lonesome and depressed. Holden tries to pass time by inviting people to spend time with him as a way for him to forget that he is lonely, and has no one. “Would you care to stop on the way to join me for a cocktail? On me, I’m loaded” (asgaf0) Holden is always finding someone or somewhere to go to past time to distract him from the fact that he has no one around, or no one to show him affection. Holden is so confused with his life, and so depressed because of the lack of love and affection he receives.
Holden’s grumpiness is an attributing factor to why he calls everything phony with the other factor being personality. Holden's parents haven’t been there for him much while he has been growing up. Holden has been to three private schools and just got kicked out of his third one, Pencey Prep. He doesn’t want to go back home until his parents receive the letter that he has been kicked out. When Holden was talking about his parents, he said “I thought of maybe hanging up if my parents answered, but that wouldn't've worked, either.
In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is a young man who seeks the acceptance of others. When Holden reaches out for acceptance from the most disgusting boy in the whole dorm, Ackley, he is rejected, which triggers him to leave Pencey early. He also receives rejection from a prostitute named Sunny, who thinks she is getting paid to give him a good time, when in reality, all he wants is some company and someone to talk to. He is rejected in this scenario when Sunny and her pimp barge into Holden’s hotel room, steal five dollars, beat him up, and leave him lying on the ground. However, Holden meets the nuns and feels as though they see him for who he is.
After failing 4 out of 5 classes at Pencey Prep, he was kicked out. He decides to leave the school early and travels to New York City before returning back home to his family. Holden found himself thinking of reaching out to old friends and old teachers, but would never open up to them. Emotional and physical isolation can lead one to shut out others. Emotional isolation can affect people's lives.
Holden wants to protect those who are close to him and those that he loves. In Holden’s mind becoming “the catcher in the rye “means that he can still catch Allie from falling off the cliff. This is relevant to Holden’s depression because everything around him is telling him to grow up but instead he runs away from it in fear that is will pull him farther apart from his relationship with his brother Allie. Holden is on the edge of becoming an adult which creates more pressure and leads him to