People have to grow up eventually. It is not a choice, but a certainty. The protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, struggles to accept this fact. He agonizes over the loss of his innocence. He is conflicted. On one side, he does not want to grow up and see the deceitful reality. On the other side, he wants to mature as a member of society. He cannot do either of these things because of his internal battle. The novel can be considered a Bildungsroman, a coming-of-age novel where the protagonist matures Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye expresses the hardships of growing up through the symbolism of Jane Gallagher, Allie’s baseball glove and the Catcher in the Rye poem. Holden Caulfield calls many people …show more content…
At first, Holden hears a boy singing, “ If a body catch a body catch a body comin’ through the rye.” (115) This makes him happy. The boy is singing and humming without a care in the world. He does not have to worry about anything. This poem represents Holden’s beliefs about the world. He believes that innocence should be protected. When his little sister Phoebe finds out that he got kicked out of school again and wonders why, Holden merely responds with “I’m sick of everybody asking asking me that. A million reasons why. It was one of the worst schools I ever went to.” (167) He has been kicked out of prep schools at least 3 or 4 times before. It is unlikely that all of those schools actually had a problem. Instead, it is more plausible that Holden just cannot fit in. His poor attitude is what gets him expelled. Phoebe tells him, “you don’t like anything that’s happening.” (169) It is then that Holden reveals one his his deepest wishes. He hopes that he can be the “catcher in the rye”. He imagines that thousands of thousands of children are playing in a rye field. When one of them runs of a cliff, his job is to catch them. “That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” (173). His dearest wish is to protect the innocence of young children. Phoebe corrects him, saying that the line is actually “if a body meet a body comin’ through the rye.” Unlike Holden’s view, the song …show more content…
Allie is Holden’s dead little brother. He died of leukemia when Holden was just a child. It represents his inner feelings. He generally keeps the glove and his feelings hidden. The glove is his remembrance of Allie. Holden said that “he was [...] the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody.” (38) When his brother died, it greatly affected his psyche. He does not think it was fair for his brother to die so young. He “broke all of the goddam windows, just for the hell of it” because of the immense pain he was feeling. (39) He hides his grief behind a mask of cynicism and lies. He calls himself “the most terrific liar you ever saw in you life.” (16) This onlys serves to make him twisted and judgemental. He criticizes everything, even saying “except for a few pimpy-looking guys, and a few whory-looking blondes, the lobby was pretty empty.” (69) He does not even know these people, and he is judging them anyways. He has an incredible insight into the human mind, and it is this understanding that lets him see some people for who the really are. However, that does not mean he knows everything. He sees the world only through his cynical view. His troubled and grieved mind leads him to assume that everyone is out to get him. Carl Luce, a senior from when he went to Elkton Hills, told him that he needed to go to see a psychoanalyst. Holden can not keep bottling up his grief. After an excursion with Phoebe, he is set free of
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I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn’t do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it and you didn’t know Allie.” Holden acts out of pure shock from losing his brother not even realizing what he was doing, leading to problems with his fist. Allie's mitt is first presented in chapter five as readers get to see the significance that this holds to Holden.
As he says to Mr. Spencer, he feels trapped on “the other side” of life, and he continually attempts to find his way in a world in which he feels he doesn’t belong. Youth The Catcher in the Rye is a bildungsroman, a novel about a young character’s growth into maturity. While it is appropriate to discuss the novel in such terms, Holden Caulfield is an unusual protagonist for a bildungsroman because his central goal is to resist the process of maturity itself. But he refuses to acknowledge this fear, expressing it only in a few instances—for example, when he talks about sex and admits
He says, “I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen hill(2).” His eight year sister, Phoebe knew that he got kicked out. Holden did that because he is so detached from everyone; he’s just looking down at what is to come. Through this transition to his lonely journey in New York, Salinger suggests that Holden is searching for himself. His sister questions his actions and tries to find out what he actually cares about in life.
The period of transition between adolescence and adulthood can diminish one’s innocence and positive outlook of life. The Catcher in the Rye depicts a seventeen year old boy’s struggle as he deals with the the hopelessness and tragedies of reality. J.D. Salinger weaves together a wistful novel that details the depressing life of Holden Caulfield. Through his creative usage of simple syntax, mundane setting, and relatable diction, Salinger concocts a story so wonderfully written that the reader feels the same heartache and anger that Holden does. Salinger combines the understandable diction with very simple and straightforward syntax.
As a child you are slowly growing up, whether you like it or not. You do not have a choice. ¨The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger tells about a young man named Holden Caulfield who goes through the struggles of growing up and how he wants be the ¨catcher in the rye.¨ It symbolizes him wanting to protect innocence. Salinger 's purpose is to show the difficulties of young adolescents accepting that the fact that they are growing up. To begin with, one theme that contributes to the author´s purpose is alienation.
A. Allie’s death causes Holden to become obsessed with death and this obsession makes him believe that growing up and becoming a “phonie” is like dying; this belief that is planted inside Holden’s head when Allie died is what sends him on a quest to preserve children’s innocence and save them from the “death” of growing up. B. Salinger includes the traumatic story of Allies death that happened years in advance to provide an explanation for Holden’s obsession with death and how he sees loss of innocence as equivalent to dying. Allie died with his innocence still intact, so Holden does not want other children to grow up and have their innocence “die”. C. Holden even admits to being mentally unstable after his brother’s traumatic death when he says, “I was only 13, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all
While many argue that Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye does not deviate from the traditional anti-hero attributes and, therefore, does not display any prominent change, an argument can be made to the contrary. Holden Caulfield goes through some noticeable character development and is in a better place emotionally at the end of the book because he speaks with Phoebe. His meeting with Phoebe and Phoebe’s message to him shows him a youth’s perspective on his world, rather than the superficial sincerity of his elderly professor and his favorite teacher that makes advances on him. Additionally, him being able to successfully communicate with a member of his own family puts him in a better place. His time with her lets him see his own self-image of a “catcher in the rye.”
J.D Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye, follows the main character, Holden Caulfield, and his experiences that lead him to be talking to a mental therapist. Told through Holden’s eyes, his profane and blunt explanations of major moments in his life allow readers to see that Holden is not crazy but is actually struggling with transitioning from child to adult. Throughout the story, he fondly remembers his early childhood and is trying the best he can to run from adulthood. He fears that he, like so many around him, may become phony when he becomes an adult. This fear drives his actions and gives him a feeling of hatred toward phony adults and a feeling of obligation to shield children from the harsh adult world.
The five stages of grief shape the way one deals with a loss. Denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are the stages that generically follow the death of a loved one. Outsiders may not understand the need for these steps and force a griever back into daily life (Axelrod). In Catcher in the Rye, Holden endures many of the stages when he grieves for Allie, his little brother. Although it seems Holden never reaches any sort of closure or letting go, his voice in the novel gives clues of acceptance.
As the book starts Holden describes his childhood and how he has been kicked out of several school and once more again from his currently school, giving a sense of irresponsibility and no care in the world. Holden later on mentioned slowly the loss of his brother due to leukemia and how he reacted outrageously by breaking the windows of his garage home. As a reader one would view that behavior as abnormal, but Peter Shaw descried it as a normal behavior for a fictional character in the 1950s and by mentioning that Holden, “is presenting in a somewhat different manner than are the sentimentalized young people in other novels if his period” (par. 3), admitting that Holden was somewhat of an outcast of a character even for its time he is still considered normal. Shaw also challenged the reader’s view of Holden by emphasizing that Holden is not a real person, but a fiction character developed in the 1950s and in fact a mad psychological character is normal and made the reading rather more interesting and acceptable during that time. As readers someone may come across as understanding Holden’s behavior due to a loss and everyone mourns differently and as Shaw said, “ the one period of life in which abnormal behavior is common rather than exceptional” (par.
The beginning of Holden’s journey starts with the innocence and naivety of childhood. Childhood is the stage that ignorance is bliss with no care in the world. Holden goes to a prestigious boarding school for boys and he believes that everyone in that school is a phony in some way. Holden is an observant character as he stays in the background, but he can also cause the most trouble. Like a child, he asks many questions and he is very curious to the point that he can be annoying.
If the book is read solely on its surface level, it just seems like a book about an annoying teenager who just complains about everything, but the messages it carries are actually profound. For example, near the end of the story Holden is upset by some profane graffiti on the wall at a museum that says “F*** you” (Salinger 224). He is upset by it because he is worried some little kids will see it and wonder what it means, and then be curious enough to find out adn have their innocence stolen. He finds the graffiti multiple times in the museum. The profane graffiti, if looked at beyond the surface level, symbolises the fact that Holden can not do anything to stop little kids from losing their innocence.
Holden stops at his old school that Phoebe attends. The school is place of living. Holden sees the challenges of adulthood in a static building where innocent children go through life. There he sees the challenges of adulthood. When Holden is looking around the school he sees “F*** you” written on the wall and, “Thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they 'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them” (201).
Text Analysis Practicum Course Instructor: Dr. Lorelei Caraman Dimişcă Bianca-Melania Russian - English Childhood vs. adulthood in J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” “The Catcher in the Rye” is a novel written by J.D. Salinger in 1951. The book is one of the most controversial books ever written and its popularity comes from the author’s rough attitude towards society from the perspective of a teenager. “The Catcher in the Rye” is thought to be J.D. Salinger’s masterpiece and it is listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century. In 2009 Finlo Rohrer affirmed that even 58 years later after the book has been published it is still considerate “the defining work on what it is like to be a teenager”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Catcher_in_the_Rye)