Holden Caulfield. A troubled teenager who has experienced tragic events in his life such as the loss of his beloved brother Allie and getting kicked out of school four times for failing a majority of his classes. However, Holden’s biggest fear in The Catcher in the Rye is acknowledging adulthood and growing up. He believes that adults are inevitably “phonies” and as a result they stand as a symbol of everything that's wrong in the world- his world. Slowly, Holden starts to understand the concept of adulthood and has a chance to face his fear of growing up as his sister Phoebe sheds some light in his complicated life.
In The Catcher in the Rye, it is observed that the novel is about grief. There are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and finally acceptance. The Catcher in the Rye shows how Holden goes through the grieving process. By the end of the novel it shows how Holden has reached closure or a way to let go.
In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield recounts his experience in New York City after his expulsion from his third school. Holden, the central character of the novel, describes all characters he meets descriptively, yet he never provides an explanation of his motives. Luckily, Holden’s personality is reflected through the various symbols throughout the novel. J.D Salinger uses symbolism to create an intimate connection to Holden’s unique emotions in an ever changing society. To begin, we first gain insight of Holden’s character through his odd taste in choice.
The Philosophy Faculty, Pro. Dr. Srebren Dizdar and Alpaslan Toker (HoldenCaulfield), states, “…Holden’s use of language also serves to highlight an important distinction between two worlds – the decentered materialistic world and Holden’s personal world of innocence. In the book, Holden makes use of vulgar phrases. His rude and vulgar speech his self-possessive, verbalized recognition of the weird values of his prep school mates; but in his personal and private world, which includes a secret goldfish, his dead brother, his sister Phoebe, Jane Callagher , the nuns, and all animals, he makes use of a literate and articulate English. The literacy accuracy, with which Holden makes use of vulgar language in a common world, is distinctly detached,
Many people harbour a desire to accomplish something specific in life. Sometimes this desire stems from the background of a person, and sometimes desires are developed over time and with age. “The Catcher in the Rye” narrated by Holden Caulfield, who is an overly disturbed teenager, is about the change from childhood to adulthood. Holden, like many, has a burning desire to protect the innocence of children; this desire is tied to the themes of relationships, intimacy and sexuality which are carried throughout the novel. In a stroke of genius, the author, J.D. Salinger, sums up this desire in the title, which is taken from a poem by Robert Burns: Comin ' thro ' the Rye ( 1796).
Throughout the poem “Comin Thro the Rye” the writer portrays the layout of the poem to be about a woman walking to find her lover, but also it shows us a message about growing up. This is connected to the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” due to the fact that Holden represents very immature behavior. For example, “I ordered a Scotch and soda...in it or something?” (Salinger 69) shows how Holden being underage he is trying to grow up faster than he should. This being said, Holden is also being immature by trying to do something that may not be healthy for his age.
The transition from childhood to adulthood labeled, “growing up” is a rite of passage endured by all humans. During this process, adulthood seems inviting and free, but only when we become members of the adult world, can the blissful innocence and youth of our childhood be appreciated and missed. The novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger explores the captivations of youth and innocence experienced in adolescence. He uses literary devices of repetition and symbolism to illustrate this point.
Does smoking, drinking, having sexual thoughts and living on your own make you an adult? Depending on one’s interpretation of J.D Salinger’s realistic novel, the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s behavior can perceived one of two ways: as being more of a child or being more of an adult. Going through Holden’s 3 day escapade, he encounters various situations that challenges the reader to examine his maturity. Most of Holden’s actions displays a variety of child-like behavior. For one thing, Holden tries to grow up to much when in reality he doesn’t even understand what he is doing.
J. D. Salinger eminently uses his mid 20th-century writing to create characters who foil teens in the modern day. The act of growing up scares a number of teens, as they are aware their innocence will soon flee them as it once shielded them. The perspective of the world changes from child to adult, which encourages kids to try to save their own purity. Holden Caulfield, a character who struggles with his ability to traverse from an innocent child into a mature adult in The Catcher in the Rye, is created to show the desire many have to try and prevent the loss of their own innocence. This is shown through Holden’s rebellion against the school, his desire to be the “catcher in the rye,” and his distressed response to the graphic graffiti written
What does someone do when he is falling apart but has no one he can trust to turn to? This is the scenario that a young, unstable Holden Caulfield must face throughout his journey of adolescence. In the novel The Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a sympathetic character. The novel is a bildungsroman, which shows that at first the protagonist may not assimilate well with the rest of society. Holden is a troubled teenager who cannot form relationships.