Holden Caulfield in the novel “The Catcher In The Rye” is a scrawny teen who loves his red hunting hat and can’t relate with anyone. His personality is reason he can’t relate, his personality sucks, it’s depressing, judgy, and sensitive. My first impression of him was that he sure complained a lot, and he says goddamn way to much, and he doesn’t care about himself. Holden is always talking about depression, every chapter he talks about being depressed, mostly when he remembers something that someone said. He gets depressed over the simplest things, he thinks to much about things, and he exaggerates situations. For example, on page 116, he states “I can understand somebody going to the movies because there’s nothing else to do, but when somebody really wants to go, and even walks fast so as to get there
Patrick Rothfuss once claimed, “The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” The novel Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teen conflicted between remaining in a state of prolonged innocence or transitioning into the world of adulthood, thus facing the corruption and phoniness that it correlates with. Through Holden’s dynamic character, J.D Salinger depicts how innocence is slowly lost when exposed to adulthood.
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. Although Holden is a very intelligent character he finds the hypocrisy and ugliness in the world around him and quickly associates it with the adult world.
The teenage years act as a boundary to either permit or prevent one from reaching adulthood. While some find the transition to be smooth, others become stuck in their past, remaining tied to their innocent childhood. Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, is an iconic representation of the American teenager. Holden refuses to accept the inevitable processes of life. Maturity, to Holden, is more than just a natural biological process. Instead, maturity represents a path to perverted and corrupted guilt. The idealized view Holden has toward his younger siblings leaves him wanting to remain innocent, which entails not becoming an adult. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden finds himself at the awkward intersection between
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 this adventure he experiences chuckles, insights on life, friendship, and love withdrawals.
When an individual is lacking understanding of their environment, that’s called immaturity. When a person is immature, their reputation is affected. In many ways a person that is immature is not trusted by other people, nor trust people either. The novel “Catcher in the rye” takes place in Pennsylvania at his former school in the late 1940’s and the novel is told from a first person view. The protagonist Holden Caulfield is liberated from his warped personality and finally begins to realize his aversion of the grown-up life that change is inevitable and always accompanied by a sense of loss. Not accepting the changes in the surroundings and his actions makes him immature and not a trusted narrator.
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 novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a novel about a 16-year-old kid named Holden Caulfield. A recently suspended student running around New York City trying to hold onto his childhood before he has to grow up. He puts off growing up as much as he can because he sees it as an abusive environment. Through his travels Holden is confronted with moments that help him learn. By the end of the book Holden shows that he has evolved from the beginning of the story. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield attempts to sustain himself in the child world, but when faced with evidence that adulthood is inescapable, he starts to give in to what he views as the corruptive adult atmosphere, since he is no longer welcome in the childhood.
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.
3. Holden Caulfield, the novel’s protagonist, is a pivotal character in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden is characterized as an innocent, apathetic, naive teen who is seeking knowledge of life and the meaning of becoming an adult. Holden’s struggle with seeing the genuine nature of people is something that acts as a barrier for him throughout the novel. Holden is troubled and burdened throughout the story, which causes him to have a warped view on an array of subjects. Holden passes strict judgement on everyone, as he struggles to transition from adolescence to adulthood. Holden appears to be stunned when he sees how different the life of an adult is comparison to that of children. His views on topics such as, life, his future, and sex. Holden
The protagonist in The Catcher In The Rye, Holden Caulfield, lives in a society where he feels uncomfortable and fears to be a part of. He criticizes the norms and the expectations the society has on the youth. As a young man who lives in this society he feels neglected and does not want to enter adulthood. Referring to the secondary resources, he is a social impotent upper-middle class youth who is entirely dependent upon institutions that have failed him (Salzman, 79). Holden has changed schools several times. His current school that he attends will shorty leave is Pencey prep. ‘’ Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men ’’(Salzman, 2). Pencey prep takes pride in molding boys into men but in reality their
Holden Caulfield is not a cliche teenager that keeps his feelings in; he makes sure everyone knows how he feels and expresses it. During the book he reveals himself a little more to us. ‘When I was all set to go... I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddamn corridor. I was sort or crying… I yelled at the top of my goddamn voice “Sleep tight, ya morons!”’ (Salinger 59). Most teens tend to keep feelings in and not express what they are thinking. People know that somethings aren 't suppose to be said because it may hurt people 's feelings. Holden on the other side says whatever he wants that comes to his mind.He does this no matter if it will hurt others. Having Holden voice his opinion shows he doesn 't have
Holden Caulfield is 16 years old, whose behavior throughout the book is like he feels excluded and also like he doesn’t feel the need to be in this world. He doesn’t express his emotions exactly, he likes to keep it to himself. He heads to his old school late afternoon when the school has a football game going on. He tries to reach his favorite teacher there, but he doesn’t want to be seen by everybody else. He goes to his class and he starts talking to him about his feelings. He explains to Mr. Spencer how he feels about something he needs some advice with. He tells him that he feels trapped on the “other side” of life. Holden is a strange teen, he smokes and drinks more than he sleeps. He’s always in bars drinking with friends.
From the outset, I have to say that “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger has been one of the most important and influential pieces of literature I have ever read. At its core, the book is a superb coming of age novel which discusses several extremely powerful themes such as the difficulties of growing up, teenage angst and alienation and the superficiality, hypocrisy and pretension of the adult world. These themes resonated deeply with me and were portrayed excellently through the use of powerful symbolism and the creation of highly relatable and likable characters. One such character is Holden Caulfield whom the story both revolves around and is narrated by.