Coming of age, Holden’s fist is representative of his current path to adulthood. Just as his fist has been warped by grief and his actions after Allie 's death, so too is the path he treads to adulthood. His hand is symbolic of the baggage he carries as he is trying to progress through adulthood. Overall, The Catcher in the Rye is Holden’s story of turmoil and his struggle through adolescence. While Holden is currently a hormone filled adolescence, but he lacks many of the basic social and intellectual skills that an adolescence possesses.
We learn of Holden’s fear of growing up and entering adulthood. However, instead of acknowledging that adulthood scares him, he tries to create a fantasy in which adulthood is all full of phonies and childhood is all filled with innocence. Throughout the novel we see Holden try to cling on to his own childhood but also in turn he wants to prevent others from exiting their childhood. This is optimized when he talks about himself wanting to ‘ be the catcher in the rye and all.’ From this quote we learn that Holden perceives adulthood as something that just happens and you don’t see it coming. He wants to stop people and prevent them from entering adulthood, which he likens to being like falling off of a cliff; “What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” .
Holden deals with relentless insecurities and a struggle with his identity. Also, Holden is immensely curious and frightened by the idea of sex. The Catcher in the Rye deals with several topics that are similar to those faced by teenagers in the 21st century, including persistent insecurities and the revelation of sex. Insecurities are a struggle that the majority
In the Catcher in the Rye, a young boy named Holden Caulfield gets kicked out of Pencey Prep School. Before heading home to tell his parents about getting kicked out of school, he recounts many adventures in New York City. Three objects or symbols are important to Holden. The first symbol is Holden’s red hunting hat. Second are the ducks at the lake, which is a symbol that symbolizes his struggle with change.
He’s a 16-year-old kid that speaks his mind. When I mean that Holden is a person that doesn’t care, I mean by saying he doesn’t see what’s around the world. Holden says “my lousy childhood.” (pg.1) He is undependable person. He says “I’m the biggest liar you’ll
Sex is something I just don't understand. I swear to God I don't” (Salinger 63). We can see Holden has clash of his emotions as he is trying to find himself out. He does not understand sex and tries to get it out of his life. Yet he is overtaken by his emotions to have relationships with girls because he is getting older and thinking about things like that.
J. D Salinger´s masterfully created coming-of-age novel,” A Catcher in the Rye " takes place on Pencey Prep School and New York City during the early 1950´s, when the world is just recovering from the physical and psychological damage WWII caused. Holden Caulfield, a failed student at every school he attends, is still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Holden is not only the main character, but he is also the narrator of the story. “A Catcher in the Rye” is not only a timeless classic that will live forever in the memories of whoever reads it, but it is also an incredible representation of the hardships of a common American teenager, an asset that few novels can brag about possessing.
In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield recounts his experience in New York City after his expulsion from his third school. Holden, the central character of the novel, describes all characters he meets descriptively, yet he never provides an explanation of his motives. Luckily, Holden’s personality is reflected through the various symbols throughout the novel. J.D Salinger uses symbolism to create an intimate connection to Holden’s unique emotions in an ever changing society. To begin, we first gain insight of Holden’s character through his odd taste in choice.
She is a fourth grader but during her discussion with Holden in her bedroom she demonstrates the perceptive skills of an adult. She realizes that he has been kicked out again and knows what he needs to hear. These two sides combine when she offers to run away with him. She is childish enough to believe things will work out, but mature enough to understand that Holden needs her unconditional love. He shows his newfound maturity by deciding to stay.
The Catcher in the Rye The entirety of the novel The Catcher in the Rye is told from the point of view of a sixteen year old boy named Holden Caufield, where he nostalgically recalled what happened one winter. The novel begins with him leaving his prep school Pencey and going on an eventful and insightful journey before returning home to tell his parents that he flunked out of school yet again. Throughout his journey, he comes across several internal and external conflicts, including his mother versus himself, him versus himself, and his deceased brother Allie versus himself. In the novel, Holden briefly discusses his mother. The only dialogue she has is considerably less than most characters who spoke in the novel.