The Catcher in the Rye, written by JD Salinger, is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Undergone with mental treatment in a sanatorium at age 16, the story initiate a plot twist at Pency Prep, Pennsylvania. Failing four subjects, except English depicts how unconcerned and reluctant he is for a new change. After his exit from Pency Prep, he encounters a society beyond innocence, making it an interesting aspect to analyze and scrutinize the book into depth. Throughout the early chapters, the prevalence of a significant theme was ‘Individual alienation’.
“The Catcher in the Rye” is a polarizing 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. A key text can be defined as a book that had endured the test of time and is still relevant to modern society due to its core concepts. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since been relevant in modern society due to its ability to deal with complex issues associated with coming of age. In particular “The Catcher in the Rye” deals with the issues of alienation as a form of self-protection, the painfulness of growing up and the artificiality of the adult world.
In J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield portrays the role of a teenage boy that struggles to come in terms with the reality of growing up. As he goes around New York searching for the answers to his problems, he encounters various people that either add to his struggles or help him. It is seen, though, that most of those he encounters add to his complexity with the adult world. This aids him in alienating himself to protect what childhood innocence he has left. Out of those he meets, the ones that had him distance himself most are Sally Hayes, a girl that Holden dates from time to time, and Mr. Antolini, one of Holden’s former teachers.
The Catcher in the Rye Have you ever felt as if you were all alone? Well in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden feels all by himself in such a vast world. He is forced to face all challenges that come across him and jump into adulthood head first with no looking back. Holden never wants anyone to feel like the same screw up and failure that he has felt upon himself. He wants to be there to help guide and give a little shove down the right path when there is a wandering soul looking to explore the humongous world open armed and open minded.
John Joseph Powell once wrote, “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” This ties into the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. This novel is set in the 1950s. Holden Caulfield, the narrator, is a teenage boy who has gone to, and been kicked out of many boarding schools. After failing 4 out of 5 classes at Pencey Prep, he was kicked out.
At only age 16, Holden Caulfield struggles with basic day-to-day interactions and obstacles. When he comes across people, he is very selective over whom he lets in and how much he opens up. In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden displays that he is a sensitive subject to work with on many different occasions. When dealing with family, it’s a touchy subject with which he does not like discussing a ton. When thinking about his siblings, Holden starts to reveal himself as a semi-sensitive guy.
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all.
Alienated From the Community In our normal life, we see those people who never likes to communicate, they always sit by a side never do anything, never participate. We never know their stories, there may be lots of reasons that they are the way they are. J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower are both of the books that introduces this kind of characters (Holden and Charlie) who don’t feel close to the community they live in and they both have different reasons. Holden from Catcher in the Rye is a kid that is alienated from the community and the book tells the story of his 3 days in New York when he fails his school (again).
JD Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye is about a boy named Holden Caulfield and his struggle with life. As a teenager, he has one goal and that is to simply find his place in the world. Unlike an ordinary teenager he has a severe case of depression, and displays many signs to exhibit this mental illness. As we escalate through the novel, we notice that his depression seems to be getting worse and that he is feeling despondent more often.
Throughout the ‘Catcher in the Rye’,Holden Caulfild has no clear perspective about his future and tries to escape from routine of the grey present into his past,the place where he is a friend,a brother,a son and just a boy with an ordinary life. The book reveals a few days in life of a 16-years-old searching for reasons to live and to find his place in the world. Being alone everywhere he goes Holden has noboby who could take care of him. In every school he has gone to he was a complete stranger, being surrounded by people he could not find a single person to have a real conversation with.