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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger as Holden Caulfield - The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger as Holden Caulfield The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is home to the protagonist Holden Caulfield. There is no coincidence that he holds a striking resemblance to the author of the novel himself. Salinger seemed to have a similar childhood as Holden describes in The Catcher in the Rye. Both men also seemed to have a certain fascination with younger children, especially younger women. J.D. Salinger based one of his most famous characters, Holden Caulfield, on personal experience....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 424 words
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Salinger's Many Tones in "For Esme - with Love and Squalor" - J.D. Salinger displays many tones in his short story "For Esme - with Love and Squalor." In the beginning the tone is quite scornful and sarcastic towards his mother-in-law and his wife. Next, we see a sensitive and youthful tone, when the narrator, Sergeant X, interacts with children. There is also an angry tone that appears closer to the end of the story that refers to his brother. These tones are shown on several different occasions throughout the story; in each instance the tone describes the narrator's attitude toward the character....   [tags: Free Essays] 429 words
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Defies Against the Expectations in The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Throughout the novel, it is clearly that he completely loses his innocence through many incidents, such as often goes to the bar, calls up a prostitute, smokes cigarettes, and cusses. He discerns that he cannot stop the process of growing up but still refuses to give up. His realization on “ finding that the world is not what it seemed in childhood—that it is unfair and full of disappointment…is one of the biggest blows of young adulthood” ( McNamara). He dislikes the fact that the adulthood is full of corruption and that is why he gives his best shot to protect Phoebe’s innocence....   [tags: teenager, phony, innocent]
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My Opinions of The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden is very upset and gets drunk. He sneaks into his home to visit his younger sister Phoebe. He seems to have a good connection with her and tells her about his fantasy, where he saves children playing a game in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff from falling. This idea is based on mishearing a song called “Comin' Through the Rye”. Holden slips out when his parents come home and decides to visit his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini. Holden talks with the English teacher about life while drinking number of cocktails....   [tags: brief character analysis] 450 words
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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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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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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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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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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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Death in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Death is one of life’s most mysterious occurrences. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend why an innocent young child has to die, and a murderer is released from prison and gets a second chance at life. There is no simple explanation for this. Though, perhaps the best, would be the theological perspective that God has a prewritten destiny for every man and woman. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye Holden often finds himself questioning his faith and pondering why an innocent adolescent like his brother Allie has to die....   [tags: essays research papers] 533 words
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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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Holden’s Psyche in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, depicts a boy named Holden Caulfield whose psyche ultimately impacts his mental state. Throughout the novel Holden’s mental state gradually becomes affected by this damaged psyche. He either demonstrates the id or the superego, and rarely his ego. Holden’s psyche appears in the id, superego, and ego forms. The id, acts on impulses and wants instant gratification. This occurs when Holden has Sunny, a prostitute, come to his room. Holden tells Maurice, the elevator guy, “Okay,” I said....   [tags: mental, state, id, superego, ego] 541 words
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Adults in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - The adults that Holden appreciates As a general consensus, children are raised to trust adults. However there are some sinister and eerie adults out there that exploit the childish and test that trust. Children are taught that the principal is their friend and that the police men are there to help. As a child one is taught, protected, and cared for by their parents. As those parents become older, there is a regression where the parent almost becomes the child and the child the parent. In J.D. Salinger?s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the adults whom Holden Caulfield appreciates are childlike and helpless....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist Holden Caulifield views the world as an evil corrupt place where there is no peace. Holden has a phony phobia that restricts him from becoming a fully matured adult. In Holden's attempted journey in becoming a fully matured adult, he encounters many scenarios involving friendship, personal opinions, and his love of children. His journey is an unpleasant and difficult one with many lessons learned along the way; including the realization that he is powerless to change the world....   [tags: Papers] 559 words
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Commentary on The Book: A Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - ... Needless to say, Hinkley had a fascination with Holden Caulfield and what he stands for. One could presume Hinkley had similar motives to Chapman: protection of innocence. Some conspiracy theorists believe certain copies of The Catcher in the Rye have certain trigger words that set-off people to commit murder, but it is more likely these men latched onto the ideas presented in the novel. Holden’s purpose is to keep the innocence in the world. When he went to deliver his note to Phoebe’s school, Holden stops and tries to erase a “f--- you” on the wall....   [tags: Assassination, Socialism, Post-War ] 561 words
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Immaturity of Holden in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Immaturity of Holden in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden, cannot accept that he must move out of childhood and into adulthood. One of Holden’s most important major problems is his lack of maturity. Holden also has a negative perspective of life that makes things seem worse than they really are. In addition to Holden’s problems he is unable to accept the death of his brother at a young age. Holden’s immaturity, negative mentality, and inability to face reality hold him back from moving into adulthood....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 566 words
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Diagnosis of Holden Caulfield in A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - The period of adolescence is one of growth. There will be necessary physiological, sexual, and mental changes in a person during this period, therefore making it one of the most important sections of life. If an error is found during the growth of an adolescent, it must be corrected. Holden Caulfield, is an erred adolescent, so he must be fixed. This paper will present a diagnosis for Holden, provide evidence for this claim, provide a hypothetical source for his syndrome, and then recommend a course of treatment....   [tags: Bipolar, Mental Illness, Depression]
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Holden's Obsession with Sex Depicted in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the main character in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger. Holden also has a huge obsession with sex, even though he remains a virgin. Throughout the book, Holden constantly refers to people as “phonies.” There are many times in the book that show how obsessed Holden is with sex. Holden Caulfield feels that sex should happen between two people who care a lot for each other and respect one another. He doesn’t think that sex should ever be a casual thing. He sees sex as degrading, no matter what....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]
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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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A Perfect Day For Bananafish By J.D. Salinger - A Perfect Day For Bananafish By J.D. Salinger A Perfect Day For Bananafish was written in 1948 by the American writer Jerome David Salinger. This was just three years after the ending of World War II, where Salinger was stationed in Berlin, Germany. From further analysis of the short-story I have come to the conclusion that Seymour is Salinger’s role model. Seymour has just returned from World War II, as well as Salinger had when he wrote the story. Seymour returns to his native country very confused, dysfunctional and with some psychic issues....   [tags: essays research papers] 584 words
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What is Bothering Holden in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye on the surface is a story of an ill-behaved boy wandering the streets of New York getting into all sorts of mischief. Though, when looked at past the surface, we see a story of a troubled young man that is yearning for attention, acceptance, and love. Many theories have transpired about Holden Caulfield and his problems. Among them are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and that he is just traveling through the five stages of grief. PTSD is a disorder that has symptoms such as efforts to avoid thoughts or feelings that are associated with the trauma, avoiding activities or situations that bring up memories of the trauma, lack of interest in impor...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 586 words
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Commentary on J.D Salinger´s Story: A Perfect Day for Bananafish - ... Muriel’s mother questions the mental stability of her husband, who has gone through World War II as a soldier. The two debate about his personality and emotions, which is a start to a ‘not so perfect’ day. In addition, Seymour has mixed feelings for other people.“Seymour's apparently irrational statements about these things are his ironic recognition that the child's simple, sure mind, if more comfortable than his own, is no more infinite, no more transcendent” (Lane). It seems ironic that Seymour knows that Sybil, the girl, has a innocent and youthful mind while he does not....   [tags: World War II, Disturbed]
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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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Judging Others in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Antolini is saying if he doesn't begin to put himself in school, then he is not going to like the outcome of his decisions. Holden is silenced and doesn't know how to respond because he knows Mr. Antolini is being authentic in a world full of phonies. He is taken back and becomes exhausted and falls asleep on his couch; he then wakes up to Mr. Antolini touching his head. Because Holden is concerned and assumes that Mr. Antolini is trying to make a pass at him, he flees to Grand Central Station....   [tags: Fake, Phony, Teenager]
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Evil and Corruption in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Evil and Corruption in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. His view of the world does not change much through the novel. However as the novel continues, Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this. In the book Holden succeeds in making us think that the world is crazy. Shortly after Holden leaves Pencey Prep, he checks in to the Edmont Hotel in Manhattan which was "full of perverts and morons....   [tags: Essays on Corruption] 608 words
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Holden's Attitudes Toward Childhood and Adulthood in Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. In the book Holden hears a quote “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he want to live humbly for one” (Salinger 188) which he embraces as he matures throughout the story. Holden’s opinions of childhood and adulthood change as he grows through experience. Throughout the story Holden emphasizes his love for childhood innocence. In a passage he says “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the golden ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything.” (Salinger 211) This immediately points to his affinity for innocence and not havi...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 608 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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Parallels Between the Conflicts of J.D. Salinger and Holden Caulfield from Catcher and the Rye - ... That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all” (Salinger 173). Holden implies if you fall of the cliff of childhood you mature, but if Holden catches you, you remain innocent. Holdens views on innocence directly impacted the way he viewed of adults. The views he had on adults corresponded to the years when Holden lived with his parents. His parents were absent for the majority of his life. The only situation he would heard from his parents was when he got kicked out of school....   [tags: childhood, innocence, lonliness]
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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 - 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 Communist Manifesto in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger depicts a narration of Holden Caulfield’s encounters. Holden is portrayed as a high school student that is judgmental towards adults while kinder to the youth. Holden does not want to grow up and he thinks that if one is approaching adulthood, one will turn into a phony. Holden’s leniency towards younger people, such as his sister, is because of his dilemma of growing up or not, his distaste for adult phonies, and his own childhood. Holden’s dislike for adult phonies causes him to not want to enter adulthood....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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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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Free College Essays - Salinger's Style in Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters - Salinger's Style in Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters   Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters   J.D. Salinger exhibits a unique and interesting style throughout his many short stories. Salinger's use of language is what distinguishes him from many of the writers in his time (Kazin 296). Salinger is an expert at using the language of his stories to convey emotion to the reader. There is never a leisurely moment in a Salinger short story as he keeps the reader's attention through his excessive use of details....   [tags: Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters Essays] 644 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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A Literary Analysis of The Catcher in the Rye - Written by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic fiction novel. Holden Caulfield, the main character, writes in a hospital about events that had occurred before the previous Christmas. In the text, Holden states “...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 everyone 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: J.D. Salinger novel]
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Overcoming Trauma in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Overcoming Trauma in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden is in a rest home, where he speaks about his past and discusses his thoughts and feelings of his memories. Holden tells about his life including his past experiences at many different private schools, most recently Pensey Prep, his friends, and his late brother Allie which led to Holden’s own mental destruction. I believe that Holden Caulfield is mentally disturbed and shows many signs of it throughout the novel....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 659 words
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Holden´s Red Hunting Hat in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... For a buck. Ya like it?’” (29). In this part, Holden takes off his hat and asks his roommate if it is ok for him to wear his hat, although indirectly. So, he is asking if it is okay to express himself. Holden wants positive acknowledgement for his individuality. Salinger writes, “I couldn’t find my goddam hunting hat anywhere. Finally I found it. It was under the bed” (45). He has a sense of panic when he can’t find his hat. He refuses to leave it behind. Holden wants to hold on to the things that make him unique....   [tags: security, comfort, uniqueness]
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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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The Censoring of J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - Since its initial publication in the year of 1951, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, has been a target of controversy, debate, and discernment. This astounding novel is centered on a boy, Holden, who is writing his story within the confines of a psychiatric hospital. Through the recount, Holden encounters serious obstacles that are hard to deal with as a 17 year old. With prostitutes, teen sex, profanity, and other irrational behavior, one would understand the debated opinions of the novel....   [tags: reality, controversy, narrator, storyline]
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Self-tranquility and Love in the Book A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger - ... Therefore the term Banana Fever is a reference to the greed in society. Just like the Bananafish are greedy for bananas, humans are greedy as well. So, while everyone is infected with Banana fever. Seymour turns to a serious solution. With this being said, In the story, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" JD Salinger uses symbolism and foreshadowing to portray child vs. adult mind sets. The symbolism in “A Perfect day for Bananafish” portrays JD Salinger’s theme of child and adult mindsets. "The bananafish story is Seymour's parable of his defeat in life and decision for death: Seymour, coming into the world with a rare capacity for love, takes too much aspiration to it, becomes trapped by ma...   [tags: buddhism, greed, materialism]
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The Influence of Women in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - ... He was moved from prep school to prep school in what must have felt like an attempt by his parents to keep him away from their home. Holden was affected very deeply by his mother specifically despite the fact that he talks about both of his parents with equal disdain. Even with all of his talk about his father's job, most of Holden's nervous ticks and character traits seem to come from his mother. For instance, Holden mentions "phonies" forty-four separate times throughout the novel (Corbett 68-73)....   [tags: Protection, Mother]
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Alienation and Isolation in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden’s red hunting hat is the symbolic feature that alienates him from society. Ackley tells Holden “Up home we wear a hat like that to shoot deer in, for Chrissake… That’s a deer shooting hat” (Salinger 30), meaning Holden’s hat is only worn while hunting. Holden does not seem to care much for Ackley’s opinion and he wears it anyways. This shows Holden’s individuality and his uncommon desire compared to society’s- alienating him from the rest of society. Another symbolic feature is the catcher in the rye....   [tags: in touch with society] 692 words
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Censorship and Banning of Books - Censorship can be traced back to the ancient times of BC. It is the act or practice of making the freedom of speech socially acceptable morally, politically, and objectively. Today censorship is displayed in media, television, music, and other forms of universal entertainment. Society has more so became lenient with the amount of censorship compared to years and decades ago, which is becoming controversial. The amount of censorship we include in childrens lives, as well as others makes a difference in today's society....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye]
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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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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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Holden's Depression and Self-Doubt in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - As Eugene McNamara stated in his essay “Holden Caulfield as Novelist”, Holden, of J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, had met with long strand of betrayals since he left Pencey Prep. These disappointments led him through the adult world with increasing feelings of depression and self-doubt, leading, finally to his mental breakdown. Holden’s first betrayal was that of his memory and innocence by an egotistical peer. At Pencey Prep, he roomed with a student named Stradlater; the epitome of a teenage jock....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 722 words
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Psychological Battle in JD Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye - ... This is pivotal because it is evident that his depression and emotions influence his thoughts. This becomes interesting and relevant to the reader because they can relate to the influential power their emotions have, and they can watch throughout the novel Holden falling deeper and deeper into his own mind. Holden’s constant attachment to unrealistic ideas indicates his struggle with hyper tendencies and an exaggerated view of reality. Struggling to remain on topic, Holden has impulsive and dramatic bursts of insight and ideas that he does not give proper thought to before presenting them....   [tags: Depression, Teenager]
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The Hero's Journey of Holden Caulfield - “If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” (Joseph Campbell). Every character walks through an astringent journey throughout their lifetimes. This journey can be viewed as the Hero’s Journey. Undertaking the journey of the hero can elevate the character achievement. The protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye--Holden Caulfield with no exception undergoes the journey. Holden’s journey ventures beyond what he is able to endure, forcing him into the unknown territory. Holden received the quest call to adventure, and responded to the call for the journey when he left Pencey prep school....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger]
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Catcher In The Rye - "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....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 729 words
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The Battle of Adolescence in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... “The fish don’t go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddamn lake… Their bodies take in nutrition and all, right through the goddamn seaweed and crap that’s in the ice. They got their pores open the whole time. That’s their nature, for Chrissake” (107-108). Horwitz, the cab driver, doesn't have an answer for Holden’s “stupid” question about the ducks, but begins to talk about the fish. Horwitz explains that the fish remain in the pond all year, feeding off of the “crap” that is frozen in the ice, because it’s their “nature”....   [tags: curiosity, fear of change, holden] 734 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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Literature Revir of J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... He keeps telling her that he is a very popular kid in the school to make her happy and it greatens his chances to get with her. He really isn’t a popular kid at all, it is just making the mother more happy and proud of so. If she is happy then he has more of a chance. He realizes that he Isn’t going to see her again since he doesn’t go the school anymore, and he wants to get it and probably never see her again. On the trip home from his old school and meeting the mother, he gets off the train and goes to a hotel for the night....   [tags: problem, school, life, friends] 738 words
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Holden's Depression in Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, portrays Holden Caulfield as a manic-depressive. Holden uses three techniques throughout the novel to cope with his depression. He smokes, drinks, and talks to Allie. Although they may not be positive, Holden finds comfort in these three things. Holden smokes a lot when he is nervous, or bored. When the stripper is in his room he noticed that she is shaking her foot as if she is nervous. He offers her a cigarette, twice. Both times she says no. Holden offers Sunny the cigarette because he thinks it would calm her down, like cigarettes calm him down when he is nervous....   [tags: J. D. Salinger]
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Anything but a Failure in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Holden hadn’t learned how to deal with this traumatic event which, in turn, caused him to fail classes. The article, “A New Focus on the ‘Post; in Post-Traumatic Stress” by David Dobbs, talks about trauma as a whole and how some react to it. Dobbs writes, “Both culturally and medically, we have long seen it as arising from a single, identifiable disruption. You witness a shattering event, or fall victim to it-and as the poet Walter de la Mare put it, ‘the human brain works slowly: first the blow, hours afterward the bruise.” Holden experienced trauma exactly as defined....   [tags: holden caulfield, PTSD] 745 words
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Preserving Innocence in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - ... “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” (122). In this quote, Holden is specifically referring to children. According to him, all adults are phony and superficial. He fears that as children start to mature, they will begin to realize the sinful and unpleasant nature of reality, and become the phony adults that he resents. He believes that the only solution for children to retain their innocence is to never expose them to the real world....   [tags: maturity, innocence, shallowness, adult] 746 words
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The Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caufield - The Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caufield In J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden Caufield, describes in detail the parts of his life and his environment that bother him the most. He faces these problems with a kind of naivety that prevents him from fully understanding why it is that he is so depressed. His life revolves around his problems, and he seems helpless in evading them. Among others, Holden finds himself facing the issues of acceptance of death, growing up, and his own self-destructiveness....   [tags: In J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye] 748 words
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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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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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Childhood Innocence is Everything in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... Now he understands that “if [kids] want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything” (211). They should be allowed to make mistakes on their own, and learn from them without any interference “If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them”, they have no need for anyone to protect their innocence (211). The additional significance of this scene lies in the gold ring’s symbol. It is a physical manifestation of the book’s main theme, the fear of growing up....   [tags: carousel, utopia, self-worth] 773 words
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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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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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Jd Salinger - Salinger, J(erome) D(avid) (1919- ), American novelist and short story writer, known for his stories dealing with the intellectual and emotional struggles of adolescents who are alienated from the empty, materialistic world of their parents. Salinger's work is marked by a profound sense of craftsmanship, a keen ear for dialogue, and a deep awareness of the frustrations of life in America after World War II (1939-1945). Jerome David Salinger was born and raised in New York City. He began writing fiction as a teenager....   [tags: essays research papers] 787 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 - ... 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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Innocent and Corrupt Characters in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a classical coming of age novel that deals with a youth’s mental adjustment to a modern world. Holden Caulfield, Salinger’s troubled protagonist, has a flawed view of the world where youth and integrity fights maturity and corruption. Salinger explores this dichotomy using a variety of motifs and symbols. In this novel, Salinger denotes innocence by the way Holden views a variety of characters. First, Jane Gallagher, Holden’s childhood friend, displays innocence through her actions, and Holden’s opinions of them....   [tags: literary analysis, character analysis]
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J. D. Salinger - J. D. Salinger Biographer Ian Hamilton notes that J. D. Salinger has been notoriously "famous for not wanting to be famous" (4). Born in New York in 1919 and still living today, Salinger leads a rather reclusive lifestyle, choosing to avoid the general attentions of the press, and thus making his life a difficult subject for study. His work, however, has been cherished and studied for many years. He has published many works of fiction both in book form and in magazines such as the New Yorker and Esquire....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Mental Analysis on Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - Today in the United States, according the Nation Institute of Mental Health, , almost one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, and one in seventeen adults are suffering from mental disorders that can be considered serious, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, panic disorder, and post traumatic stress disorders (Health Care Service Corporation) (The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America). J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, provides the narrative of a young adult, Holden Caulfield, who I believe shows many symptoms of several different mental disorders....   [tags: disorders, symptoms, stability, mental]
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The Theme of Change: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... One demonstration in the innovative that further interprets the hardships of considering with change in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden's discussion in his brain about the Eskimos in the repository. This is discovered on p.121-122, when Holden moves to the repository while waiting to go on a designated day with Sally Hayes. Holden enters a part of the repository where there are Eskimos fishing in a lagoon. He sees two Eskimos that have just finished catching a fish. He then states, “The best thing, though, in that repository was that everything habitually stayed right where it was....   [tags: eskimo, death, compromise]
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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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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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Allegory in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye - In 1951 the book “The Catcher in the Rye” was released, ten years later it had become the most censored book in all schools. In 1981 it had become the most censored book in the United States, however in that time it was also the second most taught book in all high schools. “Wolf, Baldassarro R. "World.eduNewsBlogsCoursesJobsPartners." Worldedu Banned Books Awareness The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Comments. World.edu, 11 Jan. 2011. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.” “The Catcher in the Rye” is one of the most controversial books in the history of writing....   [tags: censored, controversial, banned, book]
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The Reason Behind the Censorship of Salinger's Catcher In The Rye - The Reason Behind the Censorship of Salinger's Catcher In The Rye Many charges have been made against J.D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in attempts to censor the book. Most of these charges are used as a smoke-screen for the real reason this book is considered "dangerous". There have been several attempts to have Salinger's novel removed from High School libraries and reading lists. The most notable instances are: 1978 -- it was removed from an optional reading list at a High School in Issaquah, Wa....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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salinger - LIFE AND PHILOSOPHY OF J.D. SALINGER J.D. Salinger is one of the most renowned writers of his time. J. D. Salinger is most known for his controversial in the Catcher in the Rye. Salinger is also known for many of his writings such as Franney and Zooey, Nine Stories, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. The summer of 1930 he was voted “The Most Popular Writer”. “Salinger is a beautifully deft, professional who gives us a chance to catch quick, half-amused, half-frightened glimpses of ourselves and our contemporaries, as he confronts us with his brilliant mirror images” (Lomazoff 1)....   [tags: essays research papers] 847 words
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Analysis on the Ocean Full of Bowling Balls by J.D. Salinger - Anyone with genuine interest in literature, has heard about the recent leakage of Three Stories, a collection of three short stories written by famous American writer, J. D. Salinger. While I do not support the fact, that those are now known to general public despite author’s wishes for the stories not to be published until 50 years after his death, I cannot say, that I wasn’t thrilled when I heard they leaked. I will only focus on one of the three stories here, namely The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, precursor to the famed The Catcher in the Rye, taking place on the day of Allie’s death....   [tags: bowling ball, ocean, life, death] 849 words
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Censorship in Society - The 1950’s novel the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger has caused quite a controversy ever since the book’s publishing date. It is known as one of the greatest pieces of literature in American history but it is also known for its profanity, sexual content and psychological instability. The main character, Holden Caufield is a reckless teenager that is seeking adventure in the streets of New York City after he flunks out of his prep school. Throughout his tale, Holden conducts himself in a very precarious way....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye]
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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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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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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: 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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