The Catcher in the Rye Essays

  • 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

  • Misanthrope In Catcher In The Rye

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    also fail to think through the possibilities. In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, it is heavily enclosed on regarding a 16-year-old boy, Holden Caulfield. The book goes through the memories he has, as many things are revealed about him and how he critiques, specifically, society. Holden is not an easy character to understand, which forces the reader to use clues and moments throughout the book to open up Holden. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden can be interpreted as a misanthrope because of his seclusion

  • 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

  • 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

  • Characteristics Of Catcher In The Rye

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    In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden, the main character wants to be a catcher. Holden hears a young boy on the street singing. “If a body catch a body coming through the rye and it made Holden feel better” (Salinger 115). He wants to be the only big person around in a rye field, near a cliff, to catch all the kids playing from running off the cliff. It is obvious from this statement that Holden wants to help children, but how can Holden when he cannot even take

  • Loneliness In The Catcher In The Rye

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    A Perspective on Loneliness in The Catcher in the Rye What should a person do if he or she is kicked out of boarding school? JD Salinger traces Holden, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, on his lonely path after he is expelled from a boarding school. Salinger writes a tale about the coming of age of a teenager who pushes away all of his friends when he needs them the most. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger shows how Holden’s struggles with developing and maintaining friendships result

  • 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

  • Stubbornness In Catcher In The Rye

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    The Catcher in the Rye In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger writes about a teenager struggling to find his place within the existence of the reality of others. Salinger creates shocking events that lay out the foundation of the the main character Holden Caulfield’s life in the novel. Salinger uses Holden’s characteristics throughout the novel such as Holden’s stubbornness to establish a much bigger theme in the book along with many other symbols. In the paradoxical personality of Holden

  • Catcher In The Rye Reflection

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    “The Catcher in the Rye” explores a teenager’s struggle with the rejection of growing up and his confusion within society. The novel starts off with Holden getting expelled from Pencey Prep around Christmas time. Holden tends to criticize everybody around him. Only a few times in the book does the reader have actual evidence of Holden self- reflecting. Holden is a very troubled 16 year old who cannot seem to get past the death of his brother, so his mental state breaks down. Holden does not understand

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alienation In Catcher In The Rye

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    Was Holden ever associated with society? Throughout the whole book, The Catcher in The Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield had many dislikes to the things that most people liked. This was very noticeable of how Holden was extremely judgmental of almost everything and everybody. He criticized and philosophized about people who were boring, people who are insecure, and, above all, people who are “phony.” He was very antisocial, his beliefs weren’t the same compared to other people. This connected

  • Catcher In The Rye Thesis

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    THE CATCHER IN THE RYE The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger and published in 1951. The controversial novel was first written aimed at adult audience but gained popularity with adolescent readers because of its ' themes of adolescent rebellion. The main focus is not put on the events but on the main protagonist himself including his emotions, views and morals. The novel is set somewhere around the 1950s and is narrated by the main protagonist Holden Caufield. Holden doesn 't

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Misfit In The Catcher In The Rye

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    In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger portrays a fascinating juvenile misfit character extensively named Holden Caulfield. Holden goes to school at the age of sixteen and is said to be a misfit in society. However, even though society is corrupt in some ways, Holden Caulfield is a misfit no matter if people say he is misunderstood in the eyes of society. To understand why the character Holden Caulfield is a misfit, it must be understood. A misfit is a person that is not suited or is unable

  • Catcher In The Rye Summary

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    thinking about (based on a mishearing of Robert Burns's Comin' Through the Rye): he pictures himself as the sole guardian of thousands of children playing in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff. His job is to catch the children if, in their abandon, they come close to falling off the brink; to be, in effect, the "catcher in the rye". Because of this misinterpretation, Holden believes that to be the "catcher in the rye" means to save children from losing their

  • 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

  • Rationale Catcher In The Rye

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    Rationale The catcher in the rye Title: What if the story ended different? Type of text: Alternative ending to the text Purpose: To show how a small change in choice could affect holden’s life The Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old boy from New York. The novel starts with Holden, writing in his book, hinting that he is in some sort of mental facility .Even though he comes from a wealthy family,because of his loss of interest in studies,and low grades, he gets expelled

  • 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