Theme Of Alienation In Catcher In The Rye

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“I have a feeling that you’re riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall. But I don’t honestly know what kind…It may be kind where, at the age of thirty, you sit in some bar hating everybody who comes in looking as if he might have played football in college. Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, “It’s a between he and I. ‘Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer. I just don’t know… This fall I think you 're riding for — it 's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn 't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangements designed for men who, sometimes in their lives, were looking for something in their own environment but couldn 't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn 't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started.” (Pg. 242-243-244) The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J.D. Salinger that consists of main character Holden, who is also the narrator. This novel mostly concentrates on Holden’s alienation, throughout he tries to bring himself back in the society by meeting other people and talking to them about his life and questions but just fails. Holden is a 16 year old boy from New York City who got expelled from many boarding schools, the most former school he got expulsion was from Pencey Prep. As he is kicked out from
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