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A Review of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - When The Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951, it was ranked number one on the New York Times Best Seller list (Time Magazine). Yet it has been one of the most frequently banned books in schools and libraries. Written in the late 1940’s by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, who gets kicked out of boarding school and how he passes the days before returning home ,wandering New York City. Since its publication, it has been a book both adored and ostracized....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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Use of Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner and Salinger - Use of Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner and Salinger How does an author paint a vivid picture of a character’s thoughts. Stream of consciousness, an elaborate, somewhat complicated technique of writing, is a successful method of getting inside of a character’s head. It is not only seeing their actions and environment, it is also understanding their entire thought process through what seems to be a chain reaction. While a character is performing actions and taking in surroundings through senses, thought flows through his or her mind mimicking the mind of a real person....   [tags: William Faulkner, Salinger, Literary Analysis]
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J.D. Salinger's story A Perfect Day for Bananafish - Seymour Glass is a war veteran on vacation with his wife Muriel. He seems to suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome because of the war. He recently has tried to commit suicide twice. Once by driving his father-in-law's car into a tree and again by trying to jump out a window. J.D. Salinger's story, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," seems to be a simple story about a couple on vacation in Florida and his encounter with a child named Sybil on the beach. Seymour's relationship with Sybil after further examination allows one to see that what really is taking place is Seymour's search for truth and innocence in the world....   [tags: Salinger A Perfect Day for Bananafish] 1470 words
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The Writings of J.D. Salinger - The Writings of J.D. Salinger Jerome David Salinger, known as J.D., is an American short story writer and novelist. He was born on January 1, 1919 and is still alive at the age of 81. J.D. Salinger was born and raised in Manhattan. He went to prep school at Valley Forge Military Academy from 1934-1936. He spent 5 months in Europe when he was 18 or 19 years old. Then, in 1937 and 1938 he studied at Ursinus College and New York University. From 1939 to 1942, he went to Columbia University where he decided to become a writer....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Essays]
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Franny's Behavioural Change in Salinger's Franny and Zooey - Jerome David Salinger’s Franny and Zooey is about a twenty-year-old college student Franny, who is seeking spirituality in her life. She is a member of the intelligent Glass family, whose children struggle with conforming to society after appearing on the television quiz show called It’s a Wise Child. Salinger’s novel is composed of two sections. The first section, Franny, deals with Franny explaining to her boyfriend her distaste of the college environment. The second section, Zooey, is the continuation of Franny where Franny discusses with her brother Zooey about feeling isolated from the people around her and finding spirituality in her life....   [tags: Jerome Davis Salinger, Franny, Zooey, Analysis]
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye      The novel The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, contains many complex symbols, many of the symbols in the book are interconnected. A symbol is an object represents an idea that is important to the novel. I believe the most important symbol in this novel is Holden’s idea of being the “catcher in the rye”.      Holden Caulfield, the main character in the novel, is not the typical sixteen year old boy. Holden has many characteristics that aren’t typical of anyone that I know....   [tags: Salinger Catcher Rye Essays] 2031 words
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Catcher In The RyeCatcher in the Rye by Salinger - Catcher in the Rye by Salinger 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. ~Chapter 18 Existence as it is. Well, based on Holden Caulfield's twisted neuro-functioning that is. Being the main character, the speaker and the only voice for an in-depth critique perspective in the book, Holden is the lone door to his realm....   [tags: Salinger Catcher Rye] 1228 words
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J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger's notable and esteemed novel, Catcher in the Rye, reflects the hypercritical views of a troubled teenager, Holden Caulfield, towards everyone around him and society itself. This character has a distinguished vision of a world where morality, principles, intelligence, purity, and naivety should override money, sex, and power, but clearly in the world he inhabits these qualities have been exiled. Holder desperately clings to and regards innocence as one of the most important virtues a person can have....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1237 words
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J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey Works Cited Missing In the novel Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger uses the Glass family to deliver his beliefs on religion and society during this time. One way in which he does this is by delivering the novel into two short stories. One deals with Franny, a young female who is at a crossroad with her beliefs, and the other deals with her brother Zooey who tries to help his sister through her difficulties. Once this book was published in 1961, it was an instant hit and made its way to the best-seller list....   [tags: Salinger Franny Zooey Essays] 1214 words
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J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye The passage of adolescence has served as the central theme for many novels, but J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, long a staple in academic lesson plans, has captured the spirit of this stage of life in hyper-sensitive form, dramatizing Holden Caulfield's vulgar language and melodramatic reactions. Written as the autobiographical account of a fictional teenage prep school student Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye deals with material that is socially scandalous for the times (Gwynn, 1958)....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Catcher Rye Essays]
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Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner’s Barn Burning, All the Dead Pilots, and Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - How does an author paint a vivid picture of a character’s thoughts. The answer is stream of consciousness. Faulkner and Salinger both used this literary technique but suited it their individual tastes. The purpose of this paper on the comparison of the use of stream of consciousness in the works of two American authors, William Faulkner and J.D. Salinger, is to define stream of consciousness, explain the use of it in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” “All the Dead Pilots,” and Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, compare the stream of consciousness in both writers’ literary work, and examine the influence their writing had on others....   [tags: Argumentative, Faulkner, Salinger]
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Salinger's Franny and Zoey - Salinger's Franny and Zoey It is the consensus of most critics that Seymour Glass is the most important character and the leader of the Glass family. This is a point that is obvious from the stories that Salinger has written about the Glass family. Seymour is looked up to and revered by all the children in the family and is his mothers “favorite, most intricately calibrated, her kindest son”(Franny 89). When catastrophe strikes in Franny and Zooey, the only person Franny wants to talk to is Seymour....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Franny Zoey Essays] 3197 words
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J.D Salinger’s Franny and Zooey - The Pessimistic and Bitter Franny Glass of J.D Salinger’s Franny and Zooey Young adulthood is often a time for maturing spiritually. Franny Glass, the protagonist of J.D Salinger’s novel, Franny and Zooey, began to question her religious beliefs, during this time of spiritual growth. Franny’s quest for religion caused her to become pessimistic, bitter, and emotionally unstable.      Franny held many strong beliefs that caused her to view her surroundings pessimistically. After spending three years contently in college, Franny changed her view of the college experience....   [tags: J.D Salinger’s Franny and Zooey] 532 words
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J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Ortgies - J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish At first glance, J.D. Salinger's short story 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish' is the story of a psychically-torn war veteran whose post-traumatic stress moves him to take his own life while on a second honeymoon with his wife. Indeed, that is the story, but that first glance does not reveal the inner motives and symbolic pathways Seymour Glass takes to reach the final decision to end his life. The carefully placed details and minute innuendoes are deliberate on Salinger's part, and they represent pieces of the puzzle to find out what is really happening in the protagonist's head....   [tags: Salinger Perfect Day Bananafish Papers] 1870 words
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J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye "There’s far more to the censorship issue than a ban on sex and four-letter words. I sometimes think that those of us who need to be the most clearheaded about these matters are planting the very trees that obscure our view of the forest," says Dorothy Briley. According to Briley, a vast amount more is needed than simply vulgar language and suggestive material to censor a novel. But this is the very reason why J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is frequently being banned from high schools....   [tags: Salinger Catcher Rye Essays] 912 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: The Symbolism Behind the Book - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: The Symbolism Behind the Book The Catcher in the Rye is written by J.D. Salinger. This book in particular is closely based on the life of Salinger. The symbols in this book are very highly developed and have a lot to do with the development of Holden's character and also explain how he feels about certain things in his life. The three most important symbols in this book are ducks in the pond in Central Park, the speech and discussion about digression at Mr....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1471 words
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Failed Support Systems in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Failed Support Systems in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Life is difficult especially for a teenager as they try to discover themselves. To make this journey of self-discovery alone is especially difficult. Support systems offer guidance and comfort along the way. The primary support system are parents. They begin the preparations for a child to take his place in society. Religion offers moral guidance. Friends offer positive self-esteem and encouragement. In the book, the Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, has none of these support systems....   [tags: Catcher Rye Salinger] 1035 words
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Childhood and Adulthood in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Childhood and Adulthood in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger     Holden Caulfield sees childhood as the ideal state of being. He thinks adulthood is filled with corrupt people. The only way anyone can win in the adult world is if the cards are stacked in his favor. The characters in The Catcher in the Rye play a diverse set of roles in the war between childhood and adulthood.       Children do not think of appearances very highly, but in order to be respected in the adult world you must always look your best....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger Papers]
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Holden's Depression in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Everybody feels depressed at some time or another in their lives.  However, it becomes a problem when depression is so much a part of a person's life that he or she can no longer experience happiness.  This happens to the young boy, Holden Caulfield in J.D Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye.  Mr. Antolini accurately views the cause of Holden's depression as his lack of personal motivation, his inability to self-reflect and his stubbornness to overlook the obvious which collectively results in him giving up on life before he ever really has a chance to get it started....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger Papers]
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A Short Biography of J.D. Salinger - J. D. Salinger was an American writer who wrote fiction short stories and novels. Some critics don't like his books, yet others do. He had a remarkable life and story. Salinger was an influential 20th century American writer whose works were very scrutinized. Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919. He was known as J. D. Salinger. He was born in New York, New York. His father's name was Sol Salinger. His mother's name was Miriam Jillich Salinger. His father was Jewish and his mother was a Christian....   [tags: influential American writers]
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The Catcher in the Rye: Salinger's Autobiography - America during the 1940s and into the 1950s saw post-war prosperity, the introduction of household conveniences such the modern CPI and the washing machine, and an increase of enrollment into prep schools. Novelist J.D. Salinger uses his own experiences and the emotional impact they had as major influences on his work. Salinger’s life of solitude, military service in WWII and the childhood he spent as a prep school student is reflected directly through the actions and thoughts of Salinger’s most recognized character, Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye....   [tags: self-identification, adolescence, holden]
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J.D. Salinger is Holden Caulfield - Jerome David Salinger is an odd character with a colorful background. He was a young man unable to complete college and obtain a degree, yet he was made very popular due to his writing abilities. “Despite his slim body of work and reclusive lifestyle, ‘Salinger’ was one of the more influential twentieth century American writers.” states Biography.com, “His landmark novel, Catcher in the Rye, set a new course for literature in post World War II America.” The Catcher in the Rye told a story of Holden Caulfield and his struggle to find something pure in a world filled with “phonies” (Biography)....   [tags: Biography]
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The Story of J.D. Salinger - ... 14). To Holden, everything seemed to drive him crazy, anything that he considered phony he would push himself away from. Going back to when Holden first dropped out of high school in the beginning of the novel, his action can relate to Salinger’s lack of interest in school when he was a teenager. For example, Holden states in the following quote, that even though he dropped out of high school he still manages to perform one of his favorite things to do: read. “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot”....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories] 2495 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden would rather volunteer to sit on top of a bomb and die then to go to war. Mr. Spencer is another minor character Salinger uses to illustrate Holden’s view of adults. Holden sees Mr. Spencer as someone old and dependent. Mr. Spencer is someone who doesn’t “know his ass from his elbow” (12). This shows Holden’s view of adulthood, an old age where they become dependent on others and become ill and old. Holden doesn’t see adults as smart either, mainly because they don’t understand him. Salinger uses Mr....   [tags: story and character analysis] 644 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a very complex and interesting person to take into consideration and psychoanalyze. His various traits make him a different person from the rest of the phonies in the world. Holden says, “All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. How would you know you weren't being a phony. The trouble is, you wouldn't.” What Holden doesn’t realize is that he is a phony as well....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1504 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Through the use of imagery Salinger is able to display the direct actions done by Phoebe that had really stuck with Holden's memories. Every action that is brought up shows a part of Phoebe that Holden loves. Holden loves the young, innocent, and smartness of kids. So therefore Salinger used a lot of description to further display why Holden believed that Phoebe was so great. Holden likes the kids so much that he says that they kill him “That kills me. Old Phoebe” (68). Many of the actions that Phoebe does “kills” him whenever she does something....   [tags: story and character analysis] 974 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... When dealing with children, adults tend to ignore reality and dumb down to their level and way of thinking. As shown in A Perfect Day for Bananafish by Salinger, Seymour (the adult) meets with a Sybil (young girl) and makes up imaginary creatures such as a Bananafish and they look for it. Also, they talk about things they enjoy, but keeping a sense of humor : "Do you like wax?" Sybil asked. "Do I like what?" asked the young man. "Wax." "Very much. Don't you?" Sybil nodded. "Do you like olives?" she asked....   [tags: great American novels] 517 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden feels like when no one is around, he will feel less intimidated with his hat on. Holden also admits, “But it was freezing cold, and I took my red hunting hat out of my pocket and put it on--I didn't give a damn how I looked. I even put the earlaps down. Nobody was around anyway.” (Salinger 48). Even though Holden says people will not care how he looks, he still puts his earlaps downs. Holden is very self conscious about having the hat on. When Holden has his hat on he immediately feels safe and comfortable in his own skin....   [tags: holden, symbolism, hanting hat] 609 words
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The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger - ... Like Salinger, Teddy is interested in eastern philosophy and believes that he has lived thousands of lives through incarnation. He also believes that at one point in time he was very close to enlightenment. He said that the reason he didn't reach enlightenment was because he fell in love with a girl. In his next life he said he didn't want that to happen again so he avoids having a emotion towards anyone. He believes that his family is way to caught up in materialism and he does not want to be part of that , so he meditates....   [tags: short story analysis] 884 words
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J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey - ... Her isolation makes her want to “just disappear,” because she fears that she will “just ruin the whole weekend” due to her complaints about all her problems (Salinger 18). Her mental breakdown is also demonstrated through her sudden excursion to the lavatory, where she “broke down” and “cried for fully five minutes” (Salinger 22). Her prolonged sobbing on a pleasant date shows that she is in a distressed state and unable to contain her emotions. Her overwhelming emotions also emphasize how college has increased her anxiety....   [tags: Franny's psychological change] 1375 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - To be young is to be full of bliss, ignorance, and innocence. The world is whatever the child wants it to be. The child is happy living in a pristine world, until one day when that pristine world gets shattered. Death brings the child to reality like a shovel cutting into wet cement. It is hard to overcome for a child because it is so foreign to them. Death leaves a scar on every person, but fo a child the wound is harder to mend because of their ignorance of death and innocence. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D....   [tags: death, innoncence, ignorance] 1162 words
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J.D. Salinger's A Catcher in the Rye - Books that have shaped America are slowly starting to disappear. Many of the previous social norms have fallen out of fashion, and because of this reason numerous books are beginning to become banned. Blasphemy, racism, sex, and violence are all ethical reasons for books to be censored. Despite being a worldwide best seller, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has been on the banned books list since 1961 ( (Baldassarro). The Catcher in the Rye tells the short journey, of anti-hero Holden Caulfield, between the end of the fall semester and Christmas break (Salinger)....   [tags: censorship, banned classics]
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The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, a sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield gets expelled from his school and runs away before his parents find out. He goes to his home town, New York, and encounters many people. Throughout the novel, Caulfield is still coping with the death of his brother Allie. His attitude slowly decreases and various signs of a mental disorder are exhibited through his actions and his thoughts. Some people believe that he does not have a mental disorder, he is just grieving; however, he has clear symptoms that he is suffering from depression and anti-social disorder....   [tags: depression, character analysis]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Nostalgia can be considered an invertible feeling that everyone will experience at one point in their life. The definition of nostalgia is “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations”. The Catcher in the Rye contains characters which follow the definition of nostalgia, to the point where it will affect their outcome in life, causing nostalgia to become an egregious trait. Everyone who overly desire or reliant on nostalgia can not be successful in life....   [tags: nostalgia, story and character analysis] 869 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” (17). When Holden first puts on his hat, he had just gotten back from meeting with Mr. Spencer, his history teacher. Mr. Spencer gave Holden advice about his grades and about life. He also talks to him about being kicked out of Pencey. At that point, Holden would have needed or wanted help, possibly from Allie. Also, when Holden tells the reader what Allie is like, he says, “I’ll tell you what kind of hair he [Allie] had…he was sitting there, about a hundred and fifty yards behind me…that’s the kind of red hair he had” (38)....   [tags: story and character analysis] 791 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... J.D. Salinger enhanced his novel by using appealing writing styles. Holden’s realistic language, as first person narrator, directly grabbed the attention of readers. Even though Salinger consistently used colloquial language filled with slang, this allowed better understanding of conflict between adolescents and adult society and developed a connection to younger readers. Holden insists on speaking his mind without unnecessary embarrassment or extended apology just like authentic young people (Reiff 68)....   [tags: story analysis] 1088 words
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The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger - J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye depicts a short span in the life of a sixteen-year-old boy who has a lot to say about others yet recognizes little about himself, in the beginning of the book. Holden Caulfield is not your typical bildungsroman protagonist. From open to close, the story only details a few days of life. This novel gives a new twist to the typical Bildungsroman story, as many might question if Holden ever does mature by the end of the book but it's observed that Holden goes through character development, despite it being in the last moment of the book itself, as he c...   [tags: holden, phoebe]
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... This is exactly what happens to Holden Caulfield when he expelled from Pencey Prep School. He thinks being alone and taking care of himself with no help is what is suitable for him. Holden eventually sees that being antisocial has in some ways had more of a hindering effect on his life rather than benefiting him in any way; he is also worried about being a negative impact in anyone’s life (Salinger 115). He spends the book contending every opportunity he is given to be responsible. Holden finally finds a way to accept responsibility with his sister Phoebe when he realizes that “he cannot be responsible for taking her away from what she finds hopeful and good even in the world he so distr...   [tags: accepting responsibility]
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JD Salinger Research Paper - Jerome David Salinger, also known as J. D. Salinger, is a fascinating author best known for his novel, Catcher in the Rye. Although Salinger only published one novel, he wrote several short stories for magazines like The New Yorker and Story. A large number of these stories went on to be compiled into books such as Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. Despite the fact Salinger has not published any stories in over 45 years, his reputation is still quite popular....   [tags: Biography] 1674 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, is a troubled man who does not have everything going right for him. He shows obvious signs of depression and a few symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Throughout the book he keeps thinking about his brother Allie, who passed away. The only reasonable explanation for his mental illnesses is that he misses Allie, and he does not know how to function normally again. Everything he does reminds him of Allie in some sort of way. Mental illness is very common in someone who is suffering from the loss of a love one, but it is in no way a normal act of a teenager....   [tags: censorship, holden caulfied]
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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The ducks, When it gets all frozen over?'(Salinger 18-20.). This quote presents his need to stay the same. He doesn't want to be like the ducks and fly away to somewhere new and change their ways. Holden knows the answer to this rhetorical question. He just doesn't want to acknowledge the fact that the ducks move on in life and change frequently. He wants the ducks to be frozen in the lake forever but this isn't the true reality in life, things always have to change and life goes on no matter what, you can’t freeze in time and live in the past like Holden wishes too....   [tags: beliefs, holden caufield] 1591 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Do you ever wish you could return to the early time of your existence where the innocence and purity of childhood enveloped you on a day-to-day basis. These were the times when committing wrong doings were not only met with meager consequences, but also expected of you by the parental guardians or guides in your life. In "The Catcher in the Rye" , written by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, expresses his yearning for this feeling continuously throughout this detailed depiction of a struggling young man who craves nothing more than to make the dream he has given his entire being to, into a reality he can physically experience....   [tags: depression, holden caulfield]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s classic coming of age tale The Catcher in the Rye, entices readers through his hyper-critical scrutinization of the post-war consumer world. The novel itself is acclaimed to be quite autobiographical; the similarities between Salinger and Holden are numerous. Holden is an avid critic of materialistic American ideals, and he aims to preserve innocence in others, and to save himself from falling into the land of adulthood. After failing out of prep school, Holden retires to the streets of New York City, searching for the little purity he has left....   [tags: innocence, criticism, holden]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... For a moment, this makes Holden not so depressed because he is a fan of little children and their innocence to the world. The references to the title of the book disappear until a few chapters later when Phoebe corrects Holden that it is "if a body meets a body". She also corrects him on the fact that it is not a song, but rather a poem written by Robert Burns. Delving deeper, I looked at the entire poem by Robert Burns. The poem reads as the following: "Coming thro' the Rye" (1796) Coming thro' the rye, poor body, Coming thro' the rye, She draiglet a' her petticoatie Coming thro' the rye....   [tags: story analysis] 669 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield’s experiences, and the transformation he undergoes in reaching a point where he “misses everybody” (Salinger 277), resonates much with the author’s experiences illustrated in the poem “Necessity for Irony”. In the poem, Eaven Boland expresses the irony of looking for something and later realizing that the thing you were looking for was already there—and now it is gone. He states that this realization “brings pain” since one recognizes the fallacy of his/her actions too late. Boland, “with [his] back turned to [his daughter]” (line 46), searched for beautiful things, thus ignoring the truly beautiful thing which he would grow to realize he missed....   [tags: Holden Caulfield, character and story analysis] 624 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is a strange character in the story The Catcher in the Rye. He is first seen this way by when he gets expelled from a school called Pencey Prep. He is expelled for flunking almost all of his classes. Holden then watches his school play in a football game from afar and decides he wants to say bye to his teacher. After that he decides to leave Pencey early and head home to New York. He goes out drinking and hitting on women while he is there and then goes to see his sister, Phoebe....   [tags: Holden Caulfield, character analysis]
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Catcher in the Rye by Salinger - Throughout the novel, Holden struggles to find meaning and purpose in his life. Holden’s ambivalence about growing up is an extension of his struggle to find his way in what he finds to be a cruel, heartless world run by corrupted adults. From beginning to end, Holden behaves hypocritically as a result of his internal struggle as he tries to find his identity and his external struggle with the society in which he lives. There are numerous examples of Holden’s actions contradicting his beliefs as he attempts to find identity and meaning in his progression into adulthood....   [tags: hypocritcal, identity, adulthood]
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses symbols to give meaning to Holden’s journey through New York City and explain the inner turmoil that drives his mental collapse. For example, Salinger uses the Holden’s preoccupation with the ducks to exemplify his resistance to adapting, especially to his imminent adulthood. Throughout the novel, he asks several people throughout the book where the ducks in Central Park go during the winter. None of them are sure, and this increases Holden’s feeling of panic....   [tags: symbolism analysis] 630 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - J.D Salinger writes from personal experience in his novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The American author lived in New York City and attended a Manhattan public school for most of his adolescence before attending a boarding school that he soon failed out of. His experiences were a major part in not only the plot of his novel, but in building the character of Holden Caulfield. As the male protagonist in this coming of age novel, Holden Caulfield was faced with several obstacles to overcome. During his journey he deals with stress, anxiety, and difficult decisions while he was exposed to prostitutes, thieves, financial difficulty, and other foreign aspects of this unfamiliar reality....   [tags: biography, emotions, conscious]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... After his brother's death he starts viewing the world in a entire different way. The slightest things depress him and it is rare for him to find things that did not. "What I did I started talking sort of out loud to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very angry or depressed." (Salinger,98). He says this when he is visited by a prostitute. Whenever something depresses or confuses him he refers back to Allie ,which is most of the time. "Everyone can leave....everyone except Allie" (Salinger, 136)....   [tags: story and character analysis] 959 words
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Catcher in the Rye by Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a teenage rebel who is exploring the world on his own. The author, Salinger, uses many tools to deepen the impression on the reader such as linking the title to the story in an intricate way or creating a complex name for the protagonist. The symbols used in The Catcher in the Rye are there for a just reason, an example being how the author used the title, which is also a poem, as a symbol. Salinger uses the geographical locations, such as the Museum of Natural History, as symbols as well....   [tags: symbols, style, setting]
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Symbols in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - As the source of the book’s title, this symbol merits close inspection. It first appears in Chapter 16, when a kid Holden admires for walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk is singing the Robert Burns song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.” In Chapter 22, when Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to do with his life, he replies with his image, from the song, of a “catcher in the rye.” Holden imagines a field of rye perched high on a cliff, full of children romping and playing. He says he would like to protect the children from falling off the edge of the cliff by “catching” them if they were on the verge of tumbling over....   [tags: symbolism, literary analysis]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden demonstrates how dependent he is on Phoebe. Growing up, Holden has always been alone, kicked out schools, does not have anyone to talk to. However, throughout the book he realizes how much Phoebe cares for him, and that he isn't alone because he has her. Holden is dependent on Phoebe because she loves and cares for him, which he doesn't see anyone else doing. Throughout Holden's life, he has pushed people away and judges them; however, he is very affectionate about Phoebe....   [tags: story and character analysis] 535 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... The protagonist’s journey begins from his attempt to failure within his future. As he steps into the “real” world, Holden’s perceptions towards humanity are distorted due to his past wicked experiences and present state of mind. While Holden continues his heroic cycle, some of the most important aspects in creating a perfect hero figure are visible in his own character, consistently struggling through lack of confidence and strength. Becoming a part of this society Holden lived in involved fitting in, forcing people to get involved in faking their own identities to eventually classify in these labels that society keeps creating through time....   [tags: story and character analysis] 656 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden interprets people's action differently because according to him, everyone has different motives. In Holden’s mind, he seems to think that all his surrounding is phony because it isn’t to his expectation. Holden doesn't think of himself as a phony because he thinks something sets him apart from all the other phonies that surround him. Holden perceives himself as a good guy with a heart that can't be distinguished from other people. The only thing that he considers worth of value is a child's innocence....   [tags: story and character analysis] 872 words
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Censorship for J.D. Salinger - Censorship is an ongoing topic that is debated when it comes down to what books student should and should not be reading in school. The book “Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger is one of the most controversial books because of the content that is said in the book. Sex, alcohol, drugs, and profane language are what is mentioned in the book. In my opinion, censorship should be in place so books like “Catcher In The Rye” are banned from schools so students are not able to read such books with that material....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, sex and alcohol]
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J.D. Salinger's Development of Holden Caulfield - ... I mean she’s had all A’s ever since she started school. As a matter of fact, I’m the only dumb one in the family. ...I’m the only really dumb one.” This is Salinger directly representing his academic level through Holden as “Salinger’s Valley Forge 201 file reveals he was a ‘mediocre’ student… his recorded IQ was far from that of a genius” (as stated by www.wikipedia.org). When Salinger attended McBurney School, he tried to conform so he can fit (one way was calling himself Jerry). While at this school, he also acted in plays and wrote the school’s newspaper....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]
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Innocence In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Consequently, Holden’s constant thoughts about suicide lead to his own loss of innocence and advancement toward adulthood. Likewise, Holden is also consistently rejected when he seeks help from others. On Saturday night, Holden rides the cab to Ernie’s. During the ride, Holden “sort of [strikes] up a conversation” with Horwitz, the cab driver, about the ducks in Central Park (Salinger 81). Holden does not know where to go and feels lost, relating himself to the ducks during winter. However, Horwitz blatantly shows no interest in the ducks and diverts the conversation to the fish in the pond instead, thinking that winter is “tougher for the fish” (Salinger 82)....   [tags: death, childhood, holden] 1416 words
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A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J.D. Salinger - "I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll see if we can catch a bananafish" (Salinger 7). A bananafish is a fictional creature created in the mind of Seymour Glass, a character in J.D Salinger's "A Perfect Day For Bananafish." They are much like any other fish but they swim into holes where bananas grow, and eat so many bananas that they cannot escape. "A Perfect Day For Bananafish" was published in 1948 in the New York Magazine ("A Perfect Day For Bananafish"). The story is set on the sunny beaches of Florida, soon after WWII in 1948, expressed when Muriel, another character in this short story says, "He calls me Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948" (Salinger 4)....   [tags: seymour glass, communication]
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J.D. Salinger: His Own Character? - We might remember Jerome David Salinger as a man no one really knew. However, we may very well know more about him than we realize. To understand Salinger, we must not search, or invade the privacy he once so treasured, but take what’s right in front of us, and add it up. Looking back at Salinger’s past, we find many answers; but, what is the question. Well, there’s a question I’m here to answer, and that is: What in JD’s life led to how he wrote, what he wrote, and why he was oh-so-reclusive. Born New Year’s Day, 1919, to the Jewish Solomon Salinger, and his Christian mother, Marie-eventually changed to Miriam, to better fit in with her husband’s side of the family-Jillich....   [tags: Biography ]
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Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - One of the purist times in a person’s life is childhood, during this time life is easy and often romanticized. As a person grows older the innocence and naivety of childhood begins to fade into a hardness caused by the harsh realties of adulthood. Though the transition from childhood is hard, one most remember not to rush into adulthood savor your innocence . In Catcher In the Rye , by J.D. Salinger the main character Holden Caulfield is in the transitional stage, he finds it hard for him to grow-up and act like an adult....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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A Perfect Day for Banafish by J.D. Salinger - ... Through the store, Salinger paint Seymour as a guy who has difficultly communicate with adults, even with his wife; but he can easily communicate with children. “He can "see more" than anyone else in the story.” (James 3) As the hint Salinger gives to reader “see more glass,” (Salinger 6). He see the material life that adults persue; but children remain the innocence. He recognizes those adults as bananafish in the hole and tell the bananafish’s store to Sybil. Sybil’s innocence amazes Seymour when she tells Seymour that she saw the bananafish....   [tags: character analysis] 749 words
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A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger - ... Seymour and Muriel do not truly communicate a single time throughout the entire story. Muriel is unable to see Seymour's desperate need for help because she is blinded by her obsession with herself. Seymour's disorder is only shown when interacting with adults. Seymour is noticed by everyone else in society by a man who is completely out of control. Seymour finds his escape in children and is fighting a constant battle about his childhood innocence. Seymour seems to pertain very well to a young girl named Sybil....   [tags: short story review and analysis] 815 words
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J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Censorship - America is a nation founded upon a set of unified core beliefs that were never meant to be opposed or infringed upon known as the Bill of Rights. As America has grown and developed over the years, these core beliefs do not seem to be as sacred as they once were. Many great pieces of art and literature have been produced, but society expectations of what is acceptable. Censorship occurs when a group of people impose their beliefs upon others, thus removing material at the request of the group. Book censorship is one of few areas that are censored from the public, and it is a shame that a select few individuals can determine what is acceptable and what is not....   [tags: First Amendment, Banning Books]
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J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Holden Caulfield is the primary reason of the novel’s sustained readership. Anyone even remotely familiar with the text can point out that the protagonist who uses ‘crazy’ verbatim and mentions the cognates of that word over fifty times, has been alleged to be a misanthropist, a human “who dislikes everything.” Christopher Parker contends, “Holden likes the only things really worth liking…because he is sincere and he won’t settle for less.” Several critics in the recent past have concurred with Parker’s line of thought....   [tags: caulfield’s remarkable picaresque journey ] 1441 words
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The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger - Depression can come at many different times in your life and in many different ways. Dictionary.com defines clinical depression as: A depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected (Random House). Throughout the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” the reader is inside the head of the troubled and depressed main character and narrator, Holden Caulfield....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Clinical Depression]
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Is Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye a Trigger for Murder? - ... This begs the question what caused Chapman to fire five shots into one of the most revered musicians of the time. As Mark David Chapman was standing trial he recited the famous passage from the book “I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around–nobody big, I mean–except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff–I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them....   [tags: banned, innocence, chapman]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - ... Spencer’s house, “After I shut the door and started back to the living room, he yelled something at me, but I couldn't exactly hear him. I'm pretty sure he yelled ‘Good luck!’ at me. I hope not. I hope to hell not. I'd never yell ‘Good luck!’ at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it” (Salinger, 15). Taking a saying that is supposed to encourage people, and warping its meaning until it is a bad thing shows mental instability. No sane person would take a compliment as an insult....   [tags: story and character analysis] 593 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye is a popular novel written by J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, the book was originally written for adults, but it is now remembered and adored by people from all parts of the world and people from all walks of life – especially by teenagers – a likely effect that was only inevitable considering the center stage of the narrator the great crumby flake Holden Caulfield, to use his style of speaking, who accurately portrayed teenage angst and loneliness in a style that many youngsters could and do relate to.1 The book is about his quest to find himself after being threatened with expulsion at the expensive prep school that he attends....   [tags: sexism, gender role, 50's novel]
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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Holden’s loneliness and lack of love continues throughout the novel. Holden has been wearing a red hunting cap every day, asking the cab driver what happens to the ducks in the central park lagoon during the winter and even attempting to pick up girls. As part of picking up girls, Holden meets a young lady named Sally Hayes. As he wanders around town, a boy coming out of church is singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye” and Holden stops and wonders what that could possibly mean. Later in that day the date did not go so well and Holden decides to run away again, but he couldn’t possibly leave without saying goodbye to his sister Phoebe....   [tags: holden, american culture]
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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Holden Caulfield, J. D. Salinger’s protagonist in the novel “Catcher in the Rye”, is a seventeen year old experiencing that period of life between childhood and adulthood, often referred to as "years of teenage angst”. Caulfield says in the novel “You had to feel a little sorry for that crazy sonuvabitch”, which is exactly how I feel towards Holden (Salinger 39). The use of vulgar language and taboo subjects has made this novel a main concern in the censorship debate for over sixty years. Thankfully we have moved past the outright banning and destruction of literary works that challenge traditional views, protecting the freedom of one’s right to express their thoughts, opinions and imaginati...   [tags: holden caulfied, childhood, censorship]
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Conflict in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye - The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, portrays many different ideas in an everyday society. These ideas and thoughts are expressed through the protagonist in the novel, Holden Morrissey. Holden views many things in society as fake or “phony” at an idealistic point-of-view. This contributes to many conflicts and biased thoughts throughout the novel. The way that Holden thinks and acts causes many conflicts to take place during the course of the novel. Because of the way he thinks, he doesn't relate to people of his own age leading to countless problems....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 505 words
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Censorship for J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Teachers and parents are very protective of children. That is okay for the most part, but at some point the children are going to have to grow up. It is fine for some censorship in books for schools, but maybe just for the actual children. In high school, every student is referred to as a “young adult.” Let these kids be young adults by reading some adult language. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye should be banned for elementary and middle school but allowed in high schools. The main themes of Catcher in the Rye did have parts to do with sexual interaction and alcohol....   [tags: underage drinking and sex themes]
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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye is one of the most famous books in American literature. Written by J. D. Salinger, it captures the epitome of adolescence through Salinger’s infamous anti-hero, Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield learns about himself and his negative tendencies, and realizes that if he does not do something to change his perspective, he may end up like his acquaintance James Castle whom he met at Elkton Hills. Holden tries to find help to mend his outlook on life through Mr. Antolini so he does not end up like James, who did not want to face the problems he created for himself....   [tags: holden caulfield, james, american literature]
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Meaningful Symbols in the Rye by J.D Salinger - ... This is true in a sense because he does make a connection with Phoebe involving the hat. Holden believes that the hat was a barrier. It protected him from turning into a phony adult. Because the hat protected him, he feels that it will do the same thing for Phoebe. Holden took his “hunting hat out of his coat pocket and gave it to her.” Another key symbol in the novel is the ducks in the Central Park lagoon. The ducks in the pond reflect Holden’s personal life conflict....   [tags: ducks, central park, lagoon]
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Depression in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - Depression, a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. This mental illness demonstrates to affect teens as much as it affects adults. Studies show that 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood. When you deal with depression, you often find it difficult to live an everyday normal life. The “Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D Salinger, narrates on the main character Holden Caulfield, a hostile and negative person, who suffers from severe depression....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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Holden in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist, a 16-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield who lives in the 1940s, struggles to concur with the views of his society. After getting kicked out of boarding school once again, Holden runs away to New York. He decides to have an adventure of his own, instead of returning home. Holden's experiences in New York lead to further disruptions in his life, which eventually cause him to be put in rehab. Holden would struggle with the same issues if he were a teenager living today....   [tags: character analysis] 927 words
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Corruption in Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - If you were to witness something corrupt, what would you do. Would you try to stop it. Or would you just look the other way and pretend it was not there. In today’s society, corruption is almost everywhere, and too often, people just look the other way, allowing it to continue. In writing The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger attempts to show people the evils of a corrupt society, and how it can harm anyone. He does this through Holden’s experiences at Pencey and in NYC, as well as the uncertainty and confusion that Holden feels about sex....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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The Catcher In the Rye: Genuine or Phony? - J.D. Salinger published Catcher in The Rye in 1951. The main protagonist in the novel, Holden Caulfield experiences many conflicts and predicaments. It is common for Holden to hold opinions on characters throughout the book. His opinionated nature shows that human interactions mean a lot to him. Holden generally likes genuine people opposed to phony people. The comparison of genuine and phony is shown throughout the novel, especially when Holden meets new people. His true personality is shown to the reader when we see whom he respects and despises....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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