In the novel, Holden’s sporadic tendencies can be linked to his fleeting childhood as the call for maturation gets louder; his contrasting reality and blissful ignorance weighs down Holden physically and psychologically in three ways: Allie’s death, encounter with Sunny, and Phoebe’s carousel ride. Salinger tries explaining the woes of growing up in Holden’s shoes as the poignant message of turbulence that comes with growing up still resonates
That is the main reason why he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” to protect and save all the children from falling into the phony adult world. Holden Caulfield’s despise of fakeness causes his resistance of growing into a more mature person, with the lack of ability to interact with other people, make him a
Andrei Nastase Grade 9 English Ms. van Der Meer The Struggles of Holden - The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in The Rye is a great book in the American Literature written for teenagers. The author, J.D. Salinger displays the boring life of Holden who is surrounded by people he does not like and calls them phonies. It is written from Holden’s point of view and it is about a week full of conflicts which change his whole life from that point on.
For example, when he spends the day with his children, Bauby is reminded that he still plays an important role in their lives. The fact that he has changed so much physically has nothing to do with how his family remembers him and feels about him
Tom, at this moment, is showing an immense sign of maturity by thinking of Huck’s future. If the younger Tom was to be in the same position, he wouldn’t even consider persuading Huck to join his gang, but simply leave him be. Mark Twain is showing that Tom Sawyer is thinking about his good friend Huck and is worried for his bad future. Mark Twain is also showing us that a person can mature due to a
Does smoking, drinking, having sexual thoughts and living on your own make you an adult? Depending on one’s interpretation of J.D Salinger’s realistic novel, the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s behavior can perceived one of two ways: as being more of a child or being more of an adult. Going through Holden’s 3 day escapade, he encounters various situations that challenges the reader to examine his maturity. Most of Holden’s actions displays a variety of child-like behavior. For one thing, Holden tries to grow up to much when in reality he doesn’t even understand what he is doing.
The protagonist’s triumphant rise often looked like a struggle for survival. Fagan (1997) viewed “child abuse as one of the most abhorrent of behaviors. Unfortunately, however, it often remains hidden until it is too late for society to save the child’s life or repair the damage. Child abuse also is difficult to define.” Many a novelist dealt with the same protagonist problems. Likewise Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967), deals with two weeks in the life of a fourteen year old boy.
The mother will not allow her child to experience the cruelness the world has to offer, but as a young boy becomes a man he is free to be as “wild as wind” (Johnson). The poems explain that as a man gains more and more freedom it is easier for him to waste his life and give his “heart away” (Housman). It will not be long before he realizes that giving away his heart and living a life “made to wander” (Johnson) are actions of a foolish man. While coming of age is an exciting new chapter of life, it is important to make wise decisions so one will not encounter tough
In the Catcher of the Rye, another symbol is the museum of Natural History. The displays in the museum appeal to Holden because they never changed. The museum represents the world Holden wishes he could live in. A world as a “catcher of the rye” where everything stays the same. Holden wishes he could put parts of his life into the exhibits at the museum so they wouldn't change.
He believes he is “..see[ing] life like it is” (141) in order to rightfully take his place as the head of the family by making this decision for them, regardless of the hope this house brought them all. The rest of the Younger family is disconcerted by this new business deal, and asks Walter if this is what he truly wants and believes is right, to which he responds that he’s “Going to feel fine…[like] a man…” (144). Due to internally knowing he still had prove himself but not physically doing so, Walter’s delicate, false pride in being a man doesn’t allow him to consider how his actions affect
Holden doesn’t want to grow up, and he doesn’t want anyone else to grow up. Holden wants everyone to stay young and innocent, including himself, even though he knows the can’t and he knows that he is already grown up himself. Facing the fact that they have to grow up and live in the real world is a real struggle for both Gene and Holden because they know the horrors that they are yet to face so they both try to hold it off as long as
The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody 'd move.” (Salinger 65) He loved things the way they were and he hated change, he hated that he had to grow up and have responsibilities. Holden did have some
3. Holden Caulfield, the novel’s protagonist, is a pivotal character in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden is characterized as an innocent, apathetic, naive teen who is seeking knowledge of life and the meaning of becoming an adult. Holden’s struggle with seeing the genuine nature of people is something that acts as a barrier for him throughout the novel. Holden is troubled and burdened throughout the story, which causes him to have a warped view on an array of subjects.
Family is an important aspect of living through rough times because it will make the hard times easier. In this short story, Kichizo and Okyo decide to be each other’s supporter and be there for one another. Kichizo does not know his family and it makes him sad, but Okyo tries to lift his spirits. Okyo says to Kichizo, “I don’t know what kind of people your parents were, but it makes no different to me” (975). Okyo does not care that he does not know his parents because that does not affect how he lives his life and he is doing better than his parents.