The Theme Of Alienation In The Catcher In The Rye

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The American culture of the 1950's portrays an unpredictable and absurd picture of dramatic advances in the economic prosperity ; uneasily coinciding with extreme , however , partially recognized social and cultural strains. After the second world war , the united states had a great deal of anxiety about any form of government that was different from their own . The actions and policies of Hitler , Stalin, and Trotsky terrified the Americans ; there was a very real fear that communist spies will weaken the country from the inside .This fear created McCarthyism , in which General Joseph McCarthy rose to national prominence by starting a test to uncover communists holding important positions in the most astounding areas of the government .The cold war enhanced this fear , people…show more content…
In such works, the theme of Alienation is objectified in characters’ emotional conflict as well as in their detestation of social establishments, which are not only oppressive in nature but also ethically ambiguous. Such experiences result from characters’ having to deal with a reality that belies their true identity. One of the most famous novels of the 1950’s the deals with Alienation is The Catcher in The Rye by Jewish author J.D Salinger. Coming from a Jewish minority in America , Born in New York on January 1, 1919, J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger was and still a genius author who is influencing readers till today although he has a slim body of work. After witnessing the horrors of the second world war , he made no attempts to hide his personal disappointment with the American society and voiced his discontent through his fictitious characters. In a letter to a friend in 1940, he wrote : « my boyhood was very much the same as the boy in the book » clarifying that The Catcher in The Rye is an Autho-if not- semibiographical
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