Catcher in the Rye Essays

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    The novel, “Catcher in the Rye”, was written by J.D. Salinger. Even though he wrote numerous novels, people regard this one as one of his best. The main character Holden Caulfield throughout the plot is on a progression of heading to ultimately a mental breakdown. Which is inferred more as the novel continues. Holden’s peregrination to a mental breakdown conveys how the moral ideals that are taught to kids become lost to the hypocrisy of adulthood by the deterioration of innocence and the artificial

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    parents to a car accident. Traumatic experiences, such as these, impact people in many ways. Author J.D. Salinger explores how one sixteen year old boy goes through many incidents that ultimately lead him to a mental breakdown. In his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist has close similarities with Salinger, who emphasizes the impact of psychological issues throughout the socially conservative 1950s. J.D. Salinger’s upbringing was not typical for a famous and noteworthy author. Jerome David

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    end of the book Alex stops using it as he has change, where Alex at the beginning shows an immature character that is in the search of a family system that evolves into an entire into a mature character. Holden use a similar technique in the Catcher in the Rye and he also use a first person narration characteristic of a passive voice style that introduces us into the action and personality of Holden, one example is when he talks about his brother Allie My brother Allie had this left-handed fielders

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    "I was sorrounded by phonies" The Catcher in the Rye: a revolutionary book. The story presented by J.D. Salinger brings for the readers the reality about our society from a teenager point of view. In fact, a revolted teenager’s point of view about the most value thing for the society, like the school. Considering all the rebelious thoughts from this adolescent that is presented during the story, some districts of United States decided to banish it from the schools, in fear that those teenagers

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    Usually considered a controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger can often express the feelings of being an outcast and the desire to find a meaning in the world. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the novel, though often complains of the phoniness of the world around him, has a way of creating a deeper meaning within the readers. While the truth may be that Salinger purposely set the story in such a way that the readers will be able to connect with Holden, not often do readers

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    friend, “you were like coming up for fresh air. It’s like I was drowning and you saved me.” When people are feeling underwater in their own lives, they need somebody to throw them a lifeline and pull them out from where they are falling. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield feels as if he is sinking into depression and needs someone to save him. Holden perceives that he is alone in the world and is searching for someone with whom he can make a meaningful connection. He is in desperate

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    In "Catcher in the Rye" the idea of being a catcher is based upon Holden’s complete misreading of a line in the poem "Comin ' Thro ' the Rye," by Robert Burns, of which Holden hears a young boy singing. The young boy instead substitutes the line "When a body catch a body, comin ' thro ' the rye" for "When a body meet a body, comin ' thro ' the rye." Holden has a dream in which children play a game in a field of rye near a cliff, it being his role to protect the children by catching anyone who gets

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    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

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    From the outset, I have to say that “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger has been one of the most important and influential pieces of literature I have ever read. At its core, the book is a superb coming of age novel which discusses several extremely powerful themes such as the difficulties of growing up, teenage angst and alienation and the superficiality, hypocrisy and pretension of the adult world. These themes resonated deeply with me and were portrayed excellently through the use of powerful

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    Zhu1 Katherine Zhu EAE 1D Ms. Sivel December 1st The Catcher in the Rye: The Pursuit of Endless Childhood The main setting of The Catcher in the Rye is New York City, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist’s hometown. He decides to wander around the city before heading home, to prevent his parents from noticing that he’s been expelled from his school. Out of all the places he visits in NYC, the two most notable ones are the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. The museum is an illusion of how Holden

  • Analysis Of The Catcher In The Rye

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    I recently have read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and am very excited to converse my feelings about this book. The genre of The Catcher in the Rye is a realistic fiction book, a very popular type of book. This book takes place in Pencey and New York. The main characters are Holden Caulfield, Phoebe Caulfield, D.B Caulfield, Allie Caulfield, and Mr. and Mrs. Caulfield. The plot is about Holden Caulfield an academically challenged teen who is kicked out of his school pence for failing

  • Adolescentism In Catcher In The Rye

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    The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. An uncertain novel initially distributed for grown-ups, it has since gotten to be prominent with pre-adult perusers for its topics of adolescent anxiety and estrangement. It has been deciphered into very nearly the majority of the world 's significant dialects. Around 250,000 duplicates are sold every year with aggregate offers of more than 65 million books. The novel 's hero Holden Caulfield has turned into a symbol for adolescent defiance

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Mr. Antolini gives Holden Caulfield advice when he is at one of his lowest points. Already aware of Holden’s mental state and position on school, he quotes Wilhelm Stekel, a psychoanalyst, “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” (Salinger 188). Although Holden fails to grasp Mr. Antolini’s message, the quote applies directly to his life because of

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    The Catcher in the Rye is a novel containing the maturation of Holden Caulfield and his experience in a mental hospital. The narrative point of view, the style and the genre of the novel The Catcher in the Rye all contribute to the construction of the main character, Holden Caulfied. The narrative point of view in the story is told through a central narrator, also known as a first-person narrator, known as Holden Caulfield. The style used in The Catcher in the Rye is colloquial and includes a great

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    adult? Probably, it is because that adulthood is not actually appealing at all, yet alluring. The process of growing up is painful and cruel which deludes one to think that the adulthood as a reward for surviving the process. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye and the poem “Prayer Before Birth”, J.D. Salinger and Louis MacNeice both show that growing up is an agonizing process which involves the allurement of the adult world, the abnegation of control and the corruption of identity. In the process

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    In „The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Sallinger, the title of the book has a great meaning, while also being a very important symbol, that helps to understand Holden Caulfield, the main character of the book. The title is taken from a song „Comin’ Thro’ the Rye ”, that Holden refers to while thinking about his future dream job. The song, „Comin’ Thro’ the Rye ” is first brought up, when Holden remembers its lyrics that he misheard a long time ago, which was what he based his fantasy, of catching

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    “Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” A quote from the Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, the quote is said by Holden Caulfield. Holden is the protagonist of this hard hitting story about growing up and wanting to hold onto childhood innocence. It doesn’t sugar coat the struggles of growing up and dealing with depression. For that reason is why I believe it continues to be such a beloved

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” - Christopher Reeve (Reeve, 1999). The protagonists in both stories, A man for all seasons and Catcher in the rye, have some qualities that make them a hero, not necessarily the same type of hero, but nevertheless a hero. Holden Caulfield can be seen as an anti-hero and Thomas More can be seen as an existential hero. In this essay, the following will be discussed, the characteristics

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    The novel The Catcher in the Rye in which we read for English was powerful. This novel was not any type of book it had much in detail and interesting things that got told. You might at the beginning think that the book is not that good and just go based off of the first chapter. Do not judge a book by it’s cover instead in this case the saying would be known as do not judge a book by the first chapter. You need to be able to read the whole novel in order to understand what happens in it and how the

  • Analysis Of Catcher In The Rye

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    Catcher In The Rye:Chapter 1: Significant Passage: “He just got a Jaguar. One of those little English jobs that can do around two hundred miles an hour. It cost him damn near four thousand bucks.” Speaker: Holden Caulfield Audience: the reader Significance to the story: The sentence I picked helps to show that currently at his time a expensive car like a Jaguar costs four thousand dollars which shows it takes place sometime in the 1900s. He calls the car as a job which shows that at the time they

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    perceive themselves and how they deal with the relationship with other people or other groups. During quest of this self-discovery, different approaches are adopted and different frustrations and conflicts are encountered by different persons. The Catcher in the Rye starts with the protagonist, Holden’s narration, at a mental institution, about his lousy weekend experience at New York City at the teenage time. Forrest Gump starts with the protagonist, with an IQ under 75, chronically talking about his own

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    ‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    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

  • Symbolism In Catcher In The Rye

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    In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger readers are introduced to a young man named Holden Caulfield, who introduces himself and begins to tell his story of how and why he left his school; Pencey Prep. In the story, Holden explains how he is being kicked out of school and doesn 't want his parents to know and so leaves school early. throughout the story, Holden explains what happens to him before he must go home and act like he is home from school for a break instead of being kicked out.

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    How much can the death of a loved one really take from us? In the novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who is deeply affected by the death of his brother Allie but also has a problem with accepting the fact that he soon has to enter adulthood. The novel explains his idea of the world and what he feels his purpose is in it. I think that this novel relates to teens today a lot because most teen that don 't know what they want to do, the thought of

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    When we were younger, all we ever wanted was to be a ‘big kid’. We wanted to be able to do things by ourselves and have independence and freedom from our parents. In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, protagonist Holden Caulfield finally had this ‘freedom’. But was it what he wanted? He was expected to act like an adult though he was still considered a child. Inside, Holden was struggling with the conflict of reluctance to become and adult because he thought it meant leaving behind his brother

  • Analysis Of Catcher In The Rye

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    Throughout the Catcher and the Rye, the story follows the main character, Holden, after his dismissal from Pencey Prep, journeying through New York City, and along the way giving a biased narrative. As the story goes on, Holden talks about his brother, Allie, who died of leukemia, his sex drive, his childhood friend Jane, and his love for his little sister, Phoebe. In Catcher and the Rye, Salinger portrays that inner needs and wants can affect people in negative ways, such as holding onto the past

  • Catcher In The Rye Society Analysis

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    is “phony” that is because they’ve made the world around them phony. The character of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a prime example of someone being stuck in the idea that society is unchanging. Society is just how a person perceives the world in front of them. The eye of the beholder is the one that creates the society of their choice. Therefore, in the end of Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield is the problem, not society, but this is not a surprise because Holden is the most overly

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    The following essay will argue and explain Holden’s view on authenticity, phoniness, truth, and his quest for answers to all his existential questions. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye is a wealthy adolescent who cynically rejects the superficiality of post-war America and no longer tolerates the empty values of his society, therefore in his personal view he regards superficial people as “phonies”, for they are neither truthful towards their selves nor authentic. In Holden’s quest of self-discovery

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    In the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D. Salinger is about a young man named Holden who doesn’t know when to grow up and finds himself in hard situations. He struggles dealing with the death of his little brother, Allie and also gets kicked out of four schools. As Holden goes on a journey to find himself, he ends up finding out more about the world. The author J.D Salinger uses innocence as a central theme for the novel. The author J.D. Salinger uses a variety of symbols like the kids

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    Holden Caulfield lives his life as an outsider to his society, because of this any we (as a reader) find normal is a phony to him. Basically, every breathing thing in The Catcher in the Rye is a phony expect a select few, like Jane Gallagher. What is a phony to Holden and why is he obsessed with them? A phony is anyone who Holden feels is that living their authentic life, like D.B. (his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes. Holden’s obsession stems

  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    ”Anyway, I’m sort of glad they’ve got the atomic bomb invented. If there’s ever another war, I’m going to sit right the hell on top of it. I’ll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will”. This is a direct quote from J.D. Salinger 's novel The Catcher in the Rye. On page 141, the author is describing how his main character Holden Caulfield feels very lost and he is saying some pretty suicidal things in this quote. Over the course of the whole story the author is making this a story about a young teenage

  • The Importance Of Censorship In The Catcher In The Rye

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    certain friends and certain foes. Although the ultimate motto must be kept in mind- “art for art’s sake”. Since its first publication in 1951, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger has been named amongst the highly controversial yet widely beloved works of art. Despite being banned in classrooms and libraries across the world, “The Catcher in the Rye” has been crowned as one of the finest pieces of literature of all times. The novel is not just a fictional fable of a teenager name Holden and his

  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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    Consider the Importance of the Title of the Novel in Relation to the Events in the Novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. The title ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, by the American writer J.D. Salinger, has a significant connection to the story; It portrays the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, and his feelings towards young adult life. Throughout the novel, Holden perceives adulthood as ‘corrupted’, vulgar and tragic. While admiring children for their kindness, genuine nature and innocence, he believes in the idea

  • The Power Of Power In The Catcher In The Rye

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    and young adult readers was written by J.D Salinger. The Catcher in the rye has mesmerized the hearts of young adult readers across the country for its coming to age story about a young teen trying to find himself in this world. It 's overall message has sparked love from readers everywhere but the book has also sparked wild discussions about its content and if it should be taught in schools across the country. Although The Catcher In The Rye presents strong sexual themes and vulgar language, these

  • Theme Of Death In Catcher In The Rye

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    The motif of death in The Catcher in the Rye The most prominent theme in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger is death and the loss of innocence. Death is the vehicle that drives the story, offering an explanation to Holden’s views and punctuating his feelings towards the world. This essay will explore the various instances where the motif of death occurs and possible explanations of these instances. For the purpose of this essay, “motif” is defined as “something (such as an important idea or

  • Literary Analysis: The Catcher In The Rye

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    The Catcher in the Rye Literary Analysis Essay In the novel The Catcher in the Rye Salinger the author uses lots of symbols to express who Holden is and how he develops throughout the novel. Salinger gives Holden some symbolic feelings towards some things and places to express a different side of Holden. Holden’s baseball mitten acts as a memory of his dead brother Allie. He wears a red hunting hat to express alienation to the real adult world. The duck pond expresses Holden’s other side from his

  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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    character that struggles to find themselves is quite a common idea in many books. This is seen in the Catcher in the Rye where JD Salinger puts Holden the main character through different struggles throughout the book to finally realise what his purpose is and what he aims to be. There are many different situations that Holden is put through but they all aim to the same purpose, being a catcher in the rye. Two of the main struggles are his journey into adulthood and to retain his innocence. The second

  • Theme Of Childhood In Catcher In The Rye

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    as a happy, carefree period full of happy memories and adventures, these protagonist face a life of hardship and decision making beyond their years leading to their attempt to blossom into adulthood leaving behind miserable childhoods. The Catcher in the Rye written by JD Salinger, set in New York City, presents young Holden Caulfield and follows his life as he flees to New York in order to escape a world of phonies. Angela’s Ashes set within Limerick City Ireland, is one of all four texts involved

  • The Pros And Cons Of The Catcher In The Rye

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    The book “Catcher in the Rye” written by Jerome David Salinger was a huge success in terms of sales, and also, caused a lot of controversial issues in the literary world. The book was banned from many schools and educational institutions because it brings explicit sexual contents, drug abuse and in many parts of the book it can be analysed as a critic to many religions. It was originally directed for the adult public, but it called attention of teenagers because the book presents many arguing elements

  • Theme Of Alienation In Catcher In The Rye

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    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

  • Theme Of Innocence In Catcher In The Rye

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    age. “The Catcher in the Rye” narrated by Holden Caulfield, who is an overly disturbed teenager, is about the change from childhood to adulthood. Holden, like many, has a burning desire to protect the innocence of children; this desire is tied to the themes of relationships, intimacy and sexuality which are carried throughout the novel. In a stroke of genius, the author, J.D. Salinger, sums up this desire in the title, which is taken from a poem by Robert Burns: Comin ' thro ' the Rye ( 1796). As

  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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    different social backgrounds and the social norms that follow affect the personality of two fictive characters and encourage them to break out of their station to find an identity. The protagonists Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye and Tambudzai in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions are both victims of social norms. Therefore, the foundation of this essay was to analyze the character’s social background, which has influenced their personalities, behavior and

  • Theme Of Death In Catcher In The Rye

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    Death and the Loss of Innocence in the Catcher in the Rye In the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, we meet Holden, a teenager who has gone through many traumatizing events throughout his life. Holden has jumped from school to school his whole life due to his flunking grades and the low value he put on education. When Holden was younger he had to deal with the death of his younger brother Allie which damaged him emotionally causing him to break all the windows in his garage with his

  • Jerome David Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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    Jerome David Salinger was a world-renowned American author, mostly known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). His first major success, however, was the short story ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’, first published in a 1948 issue of The New Yorker magazine. It was later published as a part of the short story collection Nine Stories (1953) among eight more stories, one of which is called ‘For Esmé—with Love and Squalor’ (1950). Both of the stories include characters who are apparently suffering

  • Theme Of Freedom In Catcher In The Rye

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    letter word with seven billion different meanings. Holden Caulfield struggled with trying to find his catcher. His catcher would set him free. Huckleberry Finn and Jim ran from society, from people and safe places to find sanctuary from those trying to catch them. Holden, Huck, and Jim running from society, by running with society, for sanctuary, for protection. Throughout the Catcher in the Rye, Holden wanted to call his friends and family, but never did. He wanted to call Jane Gallagher, the girl

  • Character Analysis: The Catcher In The Rye

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    Holden Caulfield, the main protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, embodies the classic teenager in the process of discovering himself, and how the world works. But, regardless of Holden 's rich, prep school lifestyle, the series of events that have mapped out his life up to this point have utterly affected his emotional well being and perception of the world. Many traumatic events such as the death of holds brother Allie, the death of a class mate, and countless numbers of awkward

  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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    Both protagonists from Shakespeare’s play King Lear, and J.D. Sallinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye are both portrayed as characters who suffer greatly from their own flaws. Both the author and playwright use these flaws to provoke emotion from both audiences and reader. Lear goes through a journey which starts with poor decision making due to his hubris. This leads to his downfall and he starts to walk away from the world, and wanders into the wildlife and loses his insanity. This is reflected by

  • Catcher In The Rye Dumb Banning Analysis

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    Enrique B. Serrano IV Mrs. Grader-Jones October 29 2017 The Dumb Banning of Catcher In The Rye The Catcher In The Rye a novel by J.D. Salinger is narrated by a boy named Holden Caulfield who is about 16 years of age. Holden Caulfield tells his story from an institution in California about his journey from Pencey Prep School in Pennsylvania to New York City. Holden is a troubled boy who has flunked three out of the four high schools he 's attended due to bad grades and when given notice of him being

  • Catcher In The Rye Theme Analysis

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    Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help develop and inform the text 's major themes. One of the recurring themes in the novel The Catcher in the Rye is the omnipresent theme of death. It could be argued that the novel is not only full of references to death in the literal sense, physical disappearance, but also in the metaphorical, taking the form of spiritual disappearance, something which Holden often focuses on, along with the actual theme of mortality. It