According to the definition of an anti-hero, the anti-hero is a central character in a story, film, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes. (Murray et al., 1961). Many anti-heroes have troubling circumstances that have resulted in their current state of being and go through psychological and spiritual conflicts within themselves, which have an impact on the decisions that they make. (Warner, 2008)
Holden realizes that he is no longer a child, which is why he would like to preserve the innocence of children, but he believes all adults are phony, and refuses to be like them. Growing up is something that everybody has to do. As children get older, innocence is lost, and phoniness is obtained, and this is what Holden fears the
In the novel, Holden fantasizes a life in which he is a deaf mute. He says “I thought what I 'd do was, I 'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn 't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody” (Salinger ). Being a deaf-mute will ensure that Holden can’t communicate with anybody. People will leave him
(miller 138) This quote furthermore proves that he knows he is responsible for where he is at and for his actions. Based on this information proctor meets all the characteristics of a tragic hero and therefore is one. Proctor does have goodness in him, but he tends to keep it hidden. He has some superiority because if he didn’t he would not be so feared.
On the other hand, the fact that he sees everyone as a phony makes him depressed as well, because the way he sees people makes him hate a lot. However, this cannot continue if Holden wants to be a happy person. He needs to appreciate life more, trying to find positive sides in a word he’s currently living in not only when he’s with his family. He has to do that because a person who dislikes everything and cannot be emotionally stable doesn’t fit into our
In Holden 's journey, he becomes more and more isolated from the world throughout the book. He isolates himself by choosing to not interact or go out with people. And further, when he does, he only ends up doing things that ruin the interaction with others, and makes himself become more isolated. Holden tries, but is always rejected and unsuccessful with his attempts.
Holden Caulfield has often been depicted as rebel against the norms of 1950s American society by the readers of The Catcher in the Rye because of his desire to escape society and by rejecting the ideal of the American dream that societal institutions attempt to instill within him. However, throughout J. D. Salinger 's novel, the 16 year old’s anguish and actions reflect that he is still coming to terms with the death of his younger brother, Allie. Due to his grief, Holden is someone who cares more about assisting and protecting children and because of this, resists considering his own place within society and the process of becoming an adult. Through Holden’s recollections of his deceased brother, his interactions with children, and how he changes when interacting with his younger sister, it is evident that Holden wrestles with the expectations placed on him to grow up because he wishes to retain and preserve childhood innocence within others to cope with his grief.
While some members of society desire to isolate themselves from the impurities and imperfections that plague the world around them, achieving the societal utopia of truth and perfection is one that stands in contradistinction to the definition of humanity itself. In J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, we are situated inside the mind of Holden Caulfield, a teen who has trouble fitting into the apparent “phony” norms and contours that he is expected to assimilate into. In other words, Holden Caulfield is rightfully marked as a deviant misfit, often alienating himself from the ever changing world around him. In my opinion, it would be of value to look away from society as a whole and begin to problematize the totalizing nature of Holden’s rationality.
Not only has Holden’s alienation harmed and manipulated his perception of the world from phoniness, but caused the protagonist to restrict maturity. Throughout the novel, Holden seems to be excluded from the world around him. From the conversations held between him and Mr. Spencer in Chapter 2, he
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). Even though there are many critics who believe Holden is “...negative, vulgar, whining, and cynical,” there are many other readers who believe there is more to Holden
The natural human response to a threatening situation is either fight or flight. Holden's first reaction to adulthood is to attempt and maintain a strategic distance from it by entering his own particular world where he is in control. In his novel, J.D. Salinger, uses various symbols such as, The Museum of Natural History, The Ducks in the Central Park Lagoon, and The Carousel's Gold Ring, to express the overall theme of his novel which is that growing up can be painful. The Museum of Natural History is one of the most vital symbols of the novel as it represents the state in which Holden desires two always be able to stay in, unchanging. The "museum" is a vital spot to Holden on the grounds that it is a spot where the typical "laws" of the
Nandan Shastry In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield struggles with many internal and external conflicts that change his attitude on life and how he approaches and confronts various situations. Throughout the novel Holden is always labeling people and situations that he disagrees with as phony instead of respecting that someone may have different opinion than him and it might be right. At the conclusion of the novel Holden is faced with the questions of whether he will apply himself when he goes to school that coming fall. He replies that he wants to but will never know until that time has come.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, was published in the year of 1951. The novel follows 16-year-old boy Holden Caulfield after he was kicked out of a preppy private school, Pencey Prep. Holden travels around New York City over a three-day time span in 1948 during the month of December. We get to read about his experiences and his surroundings from his perspective, learning what he learns as the story progresses. Through the book, Salinger touches on the subjects of relationships, professional and sexual, loneliness, and deception, sometimes having Holden tell us upright or having other characters reflect that, mostly the latter because Holden is quite revealing about his sentiments.
In every aspect of society, there are social norms, a regulation or expectancy that dominates people’s morals, beliefs, actions, attitudes and behaviors. In J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield defy societal norms, becoming an outsider who is searching for his place and meaning in the world. His world is full of what he calls, “phonies,” a person who is not genuine, will do whatever it takes to make themselves look good, and change their personality to fit into a certain group. Throughout the novel, the audience is taken on a journey with Holden through post-World War II New York. During that time period, the United States of America was an other-directed society; a society based on one’s ability to conform to societal