While this novel does have profanity and sexual references, it still deserves to be taught in high school because Holden shows how having a negative attitude towards life does not get a person far. In the beginning of the novel Holden tells the reader that "[Pencey] kick[s] [him] out [of their school]" (6) because he "was [failing] four subjects and not applying [himself]" (6). However, he does not just notify the reader, he notifies them in a way of forgetting to mention that he is no longer going to be attending Pencey. Holden passes this off as some minor detail when in reality it is not just a minor detail. Later on, Holden reveals to the reader that this is not the first school where he has gotten expelled. To some this would be devastating, …show more content…
Before he leaves though, he "yell[s] at the top of [his] goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons ' " (68)! Although it is a shame, any reader can see that Holden seems to have nothing going right or in a positive way all because of his negative attitude. Therefore, this attitude leads him to almost care about nothing. Though Holden may seem to be a lost cause because of his negative attitude, he thankfully has an epiphany that changes his view towards the world because he realizes that people have to grow up. When Holden visits his younger sister, Phoebe, he is happy to see her, but when they begin talking their conversation turns negative. Holden begins complaining to her about what he hates, but Phoebe tells him that he hates everything. Though Holden disagrees with her, when she asks him to name one thing that he likes, he struggles to think of something that he likes. So, she asks him what he wants to do later on. Eventually, he tells her that if he could do anything, he would be "the catcher in the rye" (225) because that is "the only thing [he would] really like to be" (225). He hints to the reader that he wants to be the catcher in the rye so
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Holden struggles to become the catcher in the rye. He want to do something in his life and just does not know who to accomplish his goal. Holden is faced with certain challenges that he must overcome before he can save anyone. When explaining his dream to Phoebe Holden says,“I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” Salinger 191 pg.
In The Catcher and The Rye by J. D. Salinger the main character (Holden Caulfield) says the term Boy over one hundred and sixty times. The book is written to a younger crowd so to connect to the younger crowd he needs to use slang like “boy”. The lingo used in The Catcher and The Rye is directed to young men and women but still has such intellectual concept. Holden is afraid he is losing his innocence so in defence he needs to call himself boy just to reflect that he is still a ‘boy’. He als has a huge capacity for wonder and wanting to be believed so that is another reason he says “boy” all the time.
Altogether, Holden wants to protect children to prevent them from dying at a young age because Allie’s death is already too much for him to handle. He is even going beyond the limits to do this, as he is willing to dedicate his life to it. Secondly, as Holden is walking through the school, he notices, “Somebody’d written ‘Fuck you’ on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would se it…” (201)
There is something interesting about seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. The intriguing novels, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, both capture the lives of adolescent boys experiencing reality through their afflictions and personal struggles while growing up. Haddon and Salinger equally perceive the authentic lifestyle through which average teenagers mature. First person narration enhances the readers understanding of the characters from both novels and provides them with insight to their thoughts and emotions, allowing one to empathize with them. Due to the insight given through this form of narration, one is able to discover who the characters truly are,
Holden Caulfield is a sixteen-year old boy that hates a lot of things. He attends a school named Pencey where he got kicked out because he had very poor grades. The only class he actually likes is English class. He doesn’t care that he got kicked out because he thinks that a bunch of “phonies” go to that school anyways. In J.D Salinger’s novel the Catcher in the Rye, Holden is affected by his two brothers Allie, and D.B.
Just like many men in the 1940’s, the famous author J.D. Salinger was drafted into the United States Army. Salinger was placed in one of the most bloody battles in the war, Battle of the Bulge. Salinger did not escape the war without trauma. He suffered a nervous breakdown, and during that time period, he created the character Holden Caulfield. Salinger’s emotions and attitudes were projected onto his character, Holden who suffers with mental health issues and projects his emotions on innocent ducks that live in Central Park.
But planning this much into the future makes him happy and positive. Another way that Holden plans for the future is by setting a goal for himself that will make him happy. Holden hates phonies and knows that the only people that are not phony are kids because they still has their innocence and imagination which made them who they are and nobody affects who they are. As Holden talks about his dream of, "I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger - Book Cover Ducks: Holden asks what happens to the ducks who are normally on a pond in Central Park, when winter comes and the water freezes. Holden asks, "You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over?” (pg 60)
Holding onto the past has always been a common trope in fiction, though it’s usually seen in a negative light. In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield holds on to a lot of things- ideals, memories, people. More specifically, he never really lets go of his deceased brother, Allie. While Allie never appears himself, he’s mentioned quite a lot by Holden and is one of the things that Holden likes the most.
Disconnected I’m not gonna lie, I felt that all of the books and plays that I had read throughout the years have some kind of personal connection with my life. I can relate to Gregor isolation from his family, Winston fear of the government, Willy attempt to reconnect with his family, and Othello distrust of the person that he is close with. But the one character that I can relate with the most is Holden from The Catcher in the Rye. The one thing that I found Holden and I relatable is his transition as a teenager.
Perla Cruz Rosario September 4, 2015 The Catcher in the Rye 1. Chapter 1 Quote: “I remember around three o’clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary War and all.
Carl Luce, a student adviser from a previous school, is also being labelled as phony, yet Holden calls him. “The only thing he ever did, though, was give these sex talks and all late at night… He knew quite a bit about sex…” (154) It is no secret why Holden wants to meet with Carl. Holden sounds sex obsessed and very childish during his conversation with Carl. He is trying to provoke Carl to talk about sex.
The world is not perfect, it is filled with violence, sex, obscenity, and immoral values. Believe it or not the world is filled with bad human kind traits. Many parents don’t want their child to experience those bad traits, even reading them. In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The character Holden is one of those bad traits, “Sex is something I really don’t understand too hot.
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.
Usually considered a controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger can often express the feelings of being an outcast and the desire to find a meaning in the world. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel, though often complains of the phoniness of the world around him, has a way of creating a deeper meaning within the readers. While the truth may be that Salinger purposely set the story in such a way that the readers will be able to connect with Holden, not often do readers find it easy to do so. While Holden believes that everything around him are wicked and phony, there is part of him trying to protect the innocence of those not corrupted by such phoniness. Although Holden wants to protect and save the innocence of children, can he really do so if cannot protect himself and trust those around him.