Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and main character of the novel. He is a peculiar teenage boy, continuously failing out of schools and struggling to find people he can connect with. His hypocritical view of the world leaves him with a jaded and annoyed voice in his story telling, in spite of his intelligence and wit. Holden finds himself caught between childhood and maturity and his inability to discover his place leaves him depressed and confused. Phoebe, the antagonist of the novel, is Holden’s kid sister.
This shows a physical as well as a behavioral traits of Holden. He has bad lungs because he used to smoke, which resulted in him getting tuberculosis. He says that he’s pretty help even though after just running a little bit he has to catch his breath. This shows how he has a hard time admitting to weaknesses even if its is just a small thing like this. He also is really tall, as he grew 6 and a half inches in just last year.
For an object to be a symbol in literature is for it to be of importance to the novel. They can describe a character, an event, or something that may happen later in the story. A symbol can be interpreted endless different ways, therefore there’s no right or wrong answer, it simply needs enough evidence. Holden Caulfield struggles with his emotions throughout The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, and his hat is a symbol displaying Holden’s character through the significance of color and the way Holden wears it depending on his emotions. Sometimes a character in a movie or book will “see red”.
The argument that throughout Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield is portrayed as an abused adolescent, who is trying to protect the virtue of innocence while he ironically needs saving himself. Throughout Baumbach’s argument and analysis, it is clear that he believes Holden is struggling to hold on to his innocence when he states “This is his paradox: he must leave innocence to protect innocence” (paragraph 5, line 5). In this quote, Baumbach explains to the readers that Holden struggles to be himself due to the fact that he can not let go of his innocence. This is due to the fact Holden’s main concern about letting go of his innocence is that he will become fake or ‘phony’ like everyone else.
Holden Caulfield is not a cliche teenager that keeps his feelings in; he makes sure everyone knows how he feels and expresses it. During the book he reveals himself a little more to us. ‘When I was all set to go... I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddamn corridor. I was sort or crying…
Is Holden Caulfield really rebelling against society, or is he just growing up? This novel is a story of adolescence. We can find the joys, the anxieties and the difficulties and the revolt of this period of our life. What is interesting in this book, it’s not really the outcome but more the functioning of the mind and feelings of this adolescent who, beyond his (relative) immaturity, understands life with that spontaneity and truth that many adults no longer use.
Holden Caulfield is a 17 year old problematic boy who's unhappy with the environment that he's in. He's the protagonist and the one telling the story. He keeps getting expelled from private high schools his parents send him to. In the story, he's expelled from Pencey Prep which might be the last straw. He's afraid to go home earlier than his family expected so he spends the weekend in New York without informing them.
Catcher In The Rye Holden Caulfield is 16 years old, whose behavior throughout the book is like he feels excluded and also like he doesn’t feel the need to be in this world. He doesn’t express his emotions exactly, he likes to keep it to himself. He heads to his old school late afternoon when the school has a football game going on. He tries to reach his favorite teacher there, but he doesn’t want to be seen by everybody else. He goes to his class and he starts talking to him about his feelings.
An individual's identity is the expression of the unique circumstances that develop a person's morality, and how they interact with the world; The theme of identity in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" is expressed through Holden Caulfield's confusion and naivety to the world around him as he struggles to reconcile his past with the changing world around him. The character Holden Caulfield is shown to have been faced with a troubled past filled with deaths at a young age. When Holden has to face an adult world filled with sexual expression the innocence of his youthful identity is challenged by the sexuality of adolescence. Furthermore his identity is explored through Holden's cynicism to the adults in his life as a result of his child
Holden Caulfield Is Mental Roughly three percent of the United States population, approximately 314,341,830 people, suffers from bipolar disorder. Holden Caulfield, from Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, has bipolar II disorder. This particular disorder is when an individual displays two extreme demeanors, yet not at persistent levels as shown in bipolar I disorders. This novel was written during an era that did not acknowledge mental illness very often; therefore Holden did not have the tools at his disposal to learn healthy coping mechanisms.
Holden Caulfield in the novel “The Catcher In The Rye” is a scrawny teen who loves his red hunting hat and can’t relate with anyone. His personality is reason he can’t relate, his personality sucks, it’s depressing, judgy, and sensitive. My first impression of him was that he sure complained a lot, and he says goddamn way to much, and he doesn’t care about himself. Holden is always talking about depression, every chapter he talks about being depressed, mostly when he remembers something that someone said. He gets depressed over the simplest things, he thinks to much about things, and he exaggerates situations.
Masculinity. It can be argued that no one word has undergone such a dramatic shift during the past century, as masculinity. In many ways J.D. Salinger’s groundbreaking novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, and its main protagonist, Holden Caulfield, were both ahead of their time as they realized masculinity could not have a uniform definition. The reader is led on a journey by Holden, from fancy prep schools to the tough streets of New York City, all in the search for one thing: the meaning of masculinity. Holden’s search for identity culminates in his failure to conform to societal standards of masculinity, allowing Salinger to effectively question the need for such strict standards which seemingly only inhibit personal growth.
Aspects of Racism and Black generalizations are explicitly written in “The Invisible Man”. The concept of colored inequality and White’s twisted view upon Blacks are embodied in the varies objects throughout Ellison’s masterful piece. Items like the briefcase, sambo dolls, cast iron bank, and leg irons symbolizes the struggle of an entire race being classified under a category, and being treated as such. Blacks are viewed as insignificant and savage, categorizing them into a designated bracket, in result a specific image was given to the African Americans. Stereotypes that will last for decades.
C. Holden Caulfield as an Archetypal Picaro The works of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung supplied the writers with “archetypal images” which were considered to be “universal images”. “The main ideas of Jung integrates on the collective unconscious that contains the `depot` of the archetypes or stereotypes which are perceived in a similar way nationally or sometimes even globally”( Berezhna 26). So when a literary work is analyzed through the archetypal images it is significant to comprehend that those are not personal opinions of the author but universal, archaic patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious. In literature, archetypes like the mother, the father, the trickster or in our case especially important, the
Gender socialization and gender roles have always existed in society. When analyzing gender roles and their coming of age in the stories “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro and “A&P” by John Updike, they are not always equal or consistent when comparing cultures; however, the expectations for males and females are often times defined by the community they reside in. Another way gender stereotypes are produced is through media such as television shows and movies. Media tends to have two kinds of gender tropes that show the ideal types of characteristics each gender is supposed to have. Masculinity tropes consist of having expectations of what a man should be, such as brave and diligent, and that men who have these features are considered real men.