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Catcher In The Rye

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"If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us." - Franz Kafka

This quote from Franz Kafka explains that the value that literature can have to a person. When an author writes a piece of literature the author must connect, and awaken the readers sole. He must bring new life to the readers thoughts and ideas and awaken their sole. The ice-axe in Kafka’s quote is the pen of the author, while the sea frozen inside us is the mind and thoughts of the reader. If the athour does not break the sea frozen inside the reader, then the author has failed. Trully great literary works awaken the sole, deeply connect with readers, and change the readers outlook in the world. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger breaks the sea frozen inside American youth by depicitng a young boys path through rebellion against school in the 1950s.
This quotation exemplafies that all works of literature are not of equal value. The Catcher In The Rye awakens the soul of youth across America and the rest of the world. Holden, just as many young students is struggling in school and coping to find their place in life. As young readers follow Holden on his journeys, many are in similar shoes to the main character of the novel. This in turn, can change the readers perspective, as they have a direct connection to the main character in the novel. The Catcher In The Rye is a valuable piece of literature that can help teach children across the globe the value of education even when failure seems inevitable.
The main conflict in The Catcher in The Rye is Holden’s struggle vs. society (Man VS Society). The novel is based around Holden’s struggle to find his place in life among schools such as Pency Prep. Many young people across the world are in the same struggle, trying ti find their palce in life, and constantly struggling upstream against society. The value of a book like this is significant because it educates the youth of the world on the struggles of finding your palce in life, and greatly relates to our youth on a personal level.
The second conflict in the novel s is Holden’s struggle VS himself (Man VS Self). At Pency Prep, and througout the novel, Holden always talks about how fake everyone around him is. He hates cheap and fony people, and can’t seem to find anyone in the world that isn’t cheap and phony. Many young people are at the same loss in the world, trying to find real, sincere people. This helps Salinger relate to young readers even more then he had previously.
Holden’s journey through the novel has it’s high points and lows, and ultimately symbolizes everyones struggle through life, and struggle to find their place in life. We see Holdenn transform from the beginning of the novel to the end. When the novel begins, Holden is failing school and is completely rebellious towards society. Towards the end of the novel holden is transformed and realizes that he must stay with his family and being applying himself with his studies. Most importantly, Holden realizes that in the end, everything is going to turn out all right.

“ If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us.” – Franz Kafka
This quote by Franz Kafka exemplafies how The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger is an extremely valuable piece of literature. Salinger’s novel is an ice-axe in and of itself that can break the sea frozen inside the worlds youth. It deeply relates to young scholars across the glove who are all, like Holden, trying to find their place in life. Pency Prep is symbolic of all of the educational institutions ofr our youth in the world, and Holden is symbolic of all the students sturggling to find their place in life. This was a novel that needed to be written, a novel that teaches our youth that you will go through tough times, it’s about getting through them that makes you a better person.

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