It is written from Holden’s point of view and it is about a week full of conflicts which change his whole life from that point on. Although he thinks his life is full of phonies, he tries to make his way around them and continue living with his parents and sister in New York after his brother died. In The Catcher in The Rye, J.D. Salinger conveys the idea of being immature and the interests of this teenage boy that fears for his future and is curious about being an adult. Holden is not acting like an adult throughout the book, every time something unusual happens he thinks about killing the person behind the event.
Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself. He lies intensely throughout the course of the novel, starting from lying to Ackley at the very beginning of the book. From his sarcastic tone in his conversation with other people, readers can denote his own cynical view on the world. Holden views adulthood as phony, hypocritical and fake while childhood in his mind is a world of innocence, honesty, and joy. That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world.
His central theme is the struggle of growing up in a world full of “phonies”. Instead of admitting that adulthood scares him, Holden creates a fantasy that adulthood is a world of hypocrisy and dishonesty, while childhood is the reverse. “Holden’s Irony in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” by Lisa Privitera the writer clarifies, in her review of the Catcher in the Rye, she indicates that Holden has allowed himself to live in the absurdity of the world. He wants to search for a solution about his place in the world, but he does not do anything to proceed his quest. His final words, “Don’t ever tell anybody anything.
Not only does he “stop” when girls ask him to on his double dates with Stradlater, but he also evades being intimate with a prostitute and instead lies about recovering from “an operation… a ways down the spinal canal” (Salinger 96). His struggles with sex also portray the trouble he has with establishing close relationships in general, and reflects his emotional and social isolation from those around him. The fact that he remains a virgin represents not only alienation but also protection from an action symbolic of adulthood. Holden also consistently sets himself apart from his peers, who represent the transition between growth and maturity, and who, in Holden’s eyes, are no different from “phony” adults. He realizes that his peers are growing up, and are slowly being “molded” into beings of society.
“Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. That’s alright because I like the way it hurts.” The woman in the relationship does not actually like being abused. It is a sarcastic statement because it would seem logical that the only reason she would still be in an abusive relationship is because she likes it. “Love the Way you Lie” is violent, sexual, either completely dark or very bright, and has small moments of “peace.” The couple has rare instances when their arguing ceases and some type of reconciliation occurs. The couple has an abusive relationship whilst the song is placed on the perspective of the male (Eminem).
Shakespeare further elaborates their dismissive speech over Bianca to arouse Othello’s suspicion into conviction that Desdemona is having a love affair. This conviction leads Othello into anguish and frustration. If Cassio has paid attention to Bianca’s traits other than sexuality, there would have been no failure of men. Thus, men’s view of women solely through a sexual lens has incurred a
By all accounts he doesn’t seem to be caring or loving, like one would be lead to believe by the title “Lover”. Instead we are imbued with a sense that the man is more like his former title of “Demon”. As with our last assertion, we get most of our information from young Kathleen. Her description of her fiance was something of a nightmare; Someone with “...intimidating looks…”, cold eyes, without feeling, and that she wished him gone (Bowen 1408). If this description is not enough, she also speaks of an ordeal that has to do with his physical behavior.
Unfortunately the story was immediately considered as scandalous due to its references of homosexual desire. The story appears to be promoting the relationship between three men; Basil, Lord Henry and Dorian Gray, whom the two men admire and fascinate about. the immediate reaction of the readers of those times was rather negative due to superficiality of their judgements. Whether it was homosexuality or not both Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray lived similar lives. Both enjoyed the pleasures in life but due to society’s intolerance and xenophobia both were outcasted.Despite homosexuality was condemned as evil, it was still widespread.
When Milkman describes dating Hagar as “business”, he creates a sense of professionalism in their relationship, which is almost purely based on sexual fulfilment. In this language, Milkman creates transactional imagery, implying prostitution, supplementing his idea that Hagar is an object rather than a person. When dehumanized, Hagar becomes a weight that Milkman feels his can drop at any time because she no longer holds any value in their relationship. The objectification and subsequent dehumanization of women such as Hagar, allows men to feel guiltless in their disposal of women because objects are not sentient and therefore cannot be effected by men’s decisions. These men feel the
Holden is very young when he loses his brother, which could be the reason he does not know how to deal with the situation correctly. Throughout the novel, Holden continues to think about Allie. For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129).