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The First Person Narrator in J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the first person narration played a critical role in helping the reader to know and understand the main character, Holden Caulfield. Salinger also uses symbolism to help portray the theme that not everything that glitters is gold. Holden, in his narration, relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration, Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and also helps to introduce the reader to many of the symbols strategically placed throughout the novel....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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The Catcher in the Rye - In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden expresses certain attributes of someone who is troubled with anxiety issues. From his disliking of activities to his obsessions of avoiding social anxiety and phonies, Holden exhibits improper language, depression, insomnia, and detachment, which together uniquely and clearly characterize him as mentally disturbed. However, at some points in the novel, Holden has an advanced language compared to that of Stradlater, Ackley, and others. In the beginning of the story, for example, while Holden was recalling a book he read, Holden says that he’s “Quite illiterate...but [reads] a lot” (Salinger 18)....   [tags: literary analysis, JD Salinger]
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Use of the Central Park Carousel in The Catcher in the Rye - People, places, songs, and even simple items such as a stuffed animal, a pillow, or a blanket can foster a person’s memory and take them back to a memory they hold dearly in their hearts. Often, such items of remembrance are used to bring back a person to their carefree and blissful childhood years. For many Americans, the Central Park Carousel in New York brings back memories of the entertainment of growing up in New York, and the wonderful memories of birthdays, family gatherings, and more. This historic carousel remains a timeless memory for those who enjoyed its delightful music, gleaming horses, and cheery atmosphere-never failing to bring a smile to ones face....   [tags: symbol, symbolism, J.D. Salinger]
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An Analysis of the Influence of Tragedy on the Innocent - From the years of 1938 to 1945, while the entire world was preoccupied with World War II, the Nazi Party led by dictator Adolf Hitler planned and executed the killing of almost six million Jewish people.This calamity snatched the innocence of those who survived in inconceivable manner. They suffer withanimmense amount guilt simply because they believe that are wrong for surviving whereas their loved ones paid the ultimate price. In recent years Holocaust survivors have had an “increased risk of attempted suicide” (Barak, Y)....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 2326 words
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Mental illness and Mental Disorders in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four American adults suffer from a mental disorder. This means that 57.7 out of 217.8 million people over the age of 18 are ill; never mind that mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in Canada and the United States. Holden Caulfield, the controversial main character of J.D Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, spends much of the book wandering through the streets of New York City. Kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time, he does many odd things: he calls a prostitute, tries to befriend a taxi driver, drinks with middle aged women, and sneaks into his own house in the middle of the night....   [tags: disability, bipolar disease] 2034 words
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Holden’s Sexual Confusion in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a coming-of-age novel set in New York during the 1940’s. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the story, is a detached seventeen-year old boy harboring feelings of isolation and disillusionment. He emphasizes a general dislike for society, referring to people as “phonies.” His lack of will to socialize prompts him to find nearly everything depressing. He’s alone most of the time and it’s apparent that he is very reclusive. This often leads him to pondering about his own death and other personal issues that plague him without immediate resolution....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 1295 words
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The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger and Looking For Alaska by John Green - Throughout history, authors of young adult literature are oftentimes forced to incorporate the perils of young adulthood into their plots, characters, and conflicts. Growing up in America is an experience unlike no other. Today, American young adults are part of a large generation called the Millenials, who are considered the most educated in American history. They are more open minded, progressive, successful, and technological. However, it is not all sunshine and rainbows for these young Americans who oftentimes have outstanding debt and job prospects that are unacceptably dim....   [tags: silent generation, war, conflicts]
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A Warning to All Young Adults in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - ... This made the book unusual and interesting at the same time. With that being said I believe that the point of view and the antagonist of this story go hand and hand. Holden is obviously the protagonist in the story, but the antagonist is none other than himself. This conflict is solely based on person versus self because Holden is having inner problems with his constant need for acceptance. At the same time he does have a conflict with another character in the story. Even though it was only for one chapter in the book, it is still an important part because the fight between Stradlater showed the built up anger that Holden had towards Stradlater and his opinion of women....   [tags: alientated, teenager, suicide]
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Both Amir and Holden grow and change over the course of their journeys in The Kite Runner and The Catcher in the Rye, but whereas the courage and inner peace that Amir gains enable him to come to peace with his past, Holden’s slow growing, understanding of people and maturity do not specifically result in any colossal changes in his life ; unlike Hosseini, who suggests heroism is something you gain through redeeming yourself and having peace with the past, Salinger suggests that heroism is not about the end point where you finally accomplish greatness, but along the journey where you ameliorate yourself....   [tags: amir, holden, fear, heroism] 1157 words
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Holden´s Struggles in J.D. Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye - ... The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling” (187). This fall that Holden is heading toward has started with flunking out of school. Holden’s largest failure appears to be his inability to apply himself at school, which makes his life even harder. Also, Mr. Spencer is concerned about his ability to apply himself as he is failing 4 classes and “getting the ax is something he is familiar with” (4). Holden just wants someone to talk to and wants to break his depression by succeeding....   [tags: Teenager, Self-Esteem] 638 words
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Controversial American Literature, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye - ... Teenagers in the era the book was written semi-followed in the footsteps of their parents, but started to become more independent. They were encouraged to attend college by putting the idea of marriage over education in the trash. Although they were given some new life achievements in this new era, teenagers were still constantly being put between a situation, basically living an “in between” life. Holden lives between adolescence and adulthood. His red hunting cap is symbolic of his identity - something most teenages struggle to find....   [tags: depression, teenager, hero]
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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner - “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” (Twain) The Nobel Prizes were established all the way back in 1895 by a Swedish inventor by the name of Alfred Nobel. He established a foundation that was dedicated to encouraging achievement and diplomacy, this foundation most commonly referred to as the distributer of the Nobel Prizes. These prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions in a wide array of subjects including; physics, chemistry, literature, peace, physiology, medicine and economic sciences....   [tags: nobel prize, salinger]
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Deceitfulness in The Scarlet Letter and The Catcher in the Rye - The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, both are books relating to the alienation of an individual wanting to fit into society. In the Scarlet Letter, the protagonists, Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale have committed adultery which is a sin unacceptable in the Puritan Society. Hester is married to Chillingworth, the strange doctor who is out for revenge. Pearl is born to Hester, as an outcome of their sin however Hester does not reveal who the father is....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hawthorne, Salinger]
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Deception, Hardships, and the Brutalities of Life in Various Literary Works - There is an old cliché that talks about how life isn't a bowl of cherries and that it presents hardships to everyone. Thomas Hobbes takes this cliché to another level when he says, "The life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." To most this quote is depressing and dismal, but in many literary works, it portrays the plot that develops throughout the work. From Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, to Hamlet in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, and even Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, the life of man doesn't seem all that it's cracked up to be....   [tags: salinger, Hobbes, fitzgerald, shakespeare]
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The Desire to Perpetuate the Purity of Children - In The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss wrote, “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” Children live in a world full of innocence, ignorance, and bliss. They are not affected by the corruption of the world; therefore, naiveté is preserved. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, innocence is shown through the pond and Holden’s desire for being a “catcher in the rye”; through Phoebe, Allie, and Sunny for their adolescence; and through the carrousel and the Museum of Natural History for their conservation....   [tags: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 1189 words
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Holden Caulfield's Mental Condition in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - Where do the ducks go during the Winter when the water is frozen. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the character, Holden Caulfield, has an underlying mental condition. He failed out of four schools; he saw his friend commit suicide; and his younger brother died of cancer. These life-changing experiences paved the way for Holden’s insecure and unstable life. By his narration, Holden hints at his disorder throughout the book without fully explaining his condition. Holden’s many insecurities, his teetering on the edge of childhood and adulthood, and his irrational ideas help the reader realize that Holden has a mental problem....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 1099 words
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Holden Caulfield, from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - ... Socio-economics is one of the main differences between Holden Caulfield and Will Hunting. Holden comes from a wealthy family, while Will is from South Boston and works as a Janitor; however, their personalities are very similar. Holden believes that the “game of life” is only a game for the privileged. He says, “Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it....   [tags: game of life, wealth, good will hunting] 690 words
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Individuation in J.D. Salinger’s Shoeless Joe and Shakespeare’s Hamlet - One could speculate that the human condition is that of fragmentation, a dichotomy of the many aspects of personality that make us who we are. C.G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology formulated a school of thought called junginism to explain this state of disunity. One theory from the Jungianism school of thought is the process of "individuation.” The process of individuation refers to the course in which an individual unifies and integrates all aspects of his/her personality. Individuation is clear in both the character “Ray Kinsella” from J.D....   [tags: Ray Kinsella]
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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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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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The Catcher in the Rye - The Fallout In the Novel, The Catcher in the Rye, salinger is an expert on using literary devices such as symbols, motifs, and themes to drive messages into a reader’s mind. One of these symbols is falling. in certain parts of the story falling comes up either swiftly or rather bluntly. the symbol of falling is an important, but at times, hidden symbol. Firstly, Holden tends to fall down flights of stairs many times. Holdens dramatic downfall begins with him getting kicked out of Pencey. As he heads out of the dorm, he shouts, “Sleep tight, ya morons!” and he says as he runs out, “Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck.” The next t...   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel] 538 words
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Holden Caulfield: Dynamic or Static? - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story of Holden Caulfield's growth as a person. Some view Holden as a static character, and say that by the end of the novel he hasn’t changed. I’d say that on the contrary Holden is an extremely dynamic character throughout the story. Holden does change and grow as a character because he lets go of wanting to protect innocence in the world, we see Holden begin to grow into what Erik Erikson believes is the stage of development for adolescents, and he starts to be willing to apply himself....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger] 659 words
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The Catcher in the Rye: Story of a Troubled Teen - J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher In The Rye, attempts to show the reader the life of a regular boy with troubles on his mind. The rich and troubled Holden Caufield is that boy. His parents are quite wealthy and want Holden to be successful in life as well, but they do not nurture Holden with the amount of love that is necessary. Holden feels the absence of love, which causes him to suffer a variety of emotional problems. Holden needs direction in his life because he constantly struggles to find the meaning of life on his own....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 963 words
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Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield of Catcher In The Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield Ever since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Salinger's portrayal of Holden, which includes incidents of depression, nervous breakdown, impulsive spending, sexual exploration, crudeness, and other erratic behavior, have all ascribed to the controversial nature of the novel. Holden embarks on a journey and through every turn in the road, he deals with conflicts within himself searching for the truth in a society full of falsity....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1006 words
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Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye - The Quest For Love in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In the Rye In many novels written by J.D. Salinger, there is a recurring theme of love that arises and that indicates the character of the individual in the novel. Salinger uses love in the context of being a device that is used to protect and to care for people who need protecting and caring. In Salinger's novel, Catcher in the Rye, love is used by a character, Holden Caulfield, who struggles desperately to find a certain somebody or anyone to allocate his love to, but realizes finally, that this love is not necessarily expressed through saving " the children in the rye" from the time of trial, but actually caring for them and being th...   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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Characters in A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger - Characters in A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger The characters in Salinger?s ?A Perfect Day for Bananafish. seem to exist in opposite worlds. On one hand, Salinger creates Muriel to represent materialism and superficiality and on the other hand, he creates Sybil to provide justification of the child-like innocence rarely found in society. Salinger?s main character, Seymour, is aware of the superficiality expressed in Muriel?s world and chooses not to be apart of it. Seymour wants to be a part of the simple immaterial world that Sybil represents....   [tags: A Perfect Day for Bananafish]
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Societal and Individual Interdependency in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye - In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with the way they are and everyone would accept the differences of others. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and not everyone accepts who they are . Is there a reason why people cannot be content with their lives or with the differences of other people. The answer is yes, and the reason for the discontent is society. With society telling the masses what is, and is not acceptable, it is no wonder that people seem “lost”, and are desperately searching out their place in the sun....   [tags: essays research papers] 2001 words
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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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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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Suicide in A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J. D. Salinger - A Perfect Day for Bananafish follows the events leading up to the eventual suicide of Seymour Glass. In the story, Seymour is described as a lost spirit who sees himself as being fundamentally different from his social environment following his wartime experience; he leaves the war “seeing-more” and as a result, awakens to find that he has lost touch with the material world. Salinger uses the story’s dialog as the medium for conveying Seymour’s struggle; he establishes the shallow nature of the environment Seymour is exposed to using the dialog between Muriel and her Mother while simultaneously giving clues about Seymour’s character from the perspectives of the two women in his life....   [tags: A Perfect Day for Bananafish] 2071 words
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Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Since the beginning of time there have been billions of books written. From those books have come novels. From the novels have come masterpieces. From the masterpieces have come critically acclaimed titles. From those critically acclaimed titles have come classics. Classics represent the highest acknowledged standard of writing. The ingenuity of their literary elements is impeccable. A classic will inspire, intrigue, enlighten, and more importantly draw the reader into the world of the author....   [tags: Papers] 1339 words
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Holden's Mentality in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye - Holden's Mentality in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye A young man going through puberty, not knowing what he is doing or where he is headed, becoming increasingly insane, in a world in which he feels he doesn't belong in, and around a bunch of "phonies." This would describe the position of Holden Caulfield, the controversial protagonist and main character in The Catcher In The Rye (1951) written by J.D. Salinger. The book, all narrated by Holden in first person, in its very unique and humorous style, is about Holden, and all the troubles he has encountered through school, family, friends, and basically life....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays] 875 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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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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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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A Perception of the Surname Glass - “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contained water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.” (Ali 1). This quote represents the fact that as humans we are all designated on this earth with different names, personalities, and exterior make ups. However, it still does exclude the fact that in the end we are all human beings, just as we are designed to cling on to an idea higher than ourselves. We are also designed to take on perceptions of different truths about society and life itself....   [tags: identity, personality, Salinger, name, family]
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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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Censorship of The Catcher in the Rye - Censorship/banning of certain books help protect children from the evil ways of the world that they should not see until an older, more mature age. Books with cruel language and mature thoughts and circumstances should only be read by teen children or young adults. At a more mature age students are more likely to be able to comprehend the content within the book. As well as a lower chance of the students being frightened by the crude language and activities found within the text than a younger child might be....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, sex and alcohol ]
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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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Holden Caulfield as Protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Holden has a bleak outlook on life, but respects the basic human qualities. He views the world as having been taken over by materialistic objects such as money and that people do not realize the importance of basic human qualities such as love and kindness. He believes that these basic human qualities can take people further than any material object can. Holden is very cynical of everything around him. He sees the worst in everything and everyone....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, protagonist] 677 words
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Is Catcher in the Rye More than Just a Story of Holden's New York adventure? - The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger is not just a story about a teenage boy, going through hardships and complaining a lot. It is truly a tale about growing up, where you as a reader learn more about yourself and how you view others. J.D. Salinger uses Holden Caulfield, as a sort of bridge that teaches us about human nature, feelings and difficult times. J.D. Salinger achieved this very well because Holden is such a unique character but nevertheless we can all relate to him in some way. In this essay/analysis I will go through some of the underlying themes of the novel, that create it more than just a story about some kid in New York....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, story analysis] 952 words
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Franny And Zooey - In the novel, Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger, it is overwhelmed with many themes; the novel also reveals an important message on finding ones self and dealing with the difficulties and struggles of life; these themes consist of religion, egos, and culture. Franny Glass struggles with the phoniness and egotism that spreads through society. She longs to escape her problems and decides to get away from it by withdrawing into spirituality religious values through the Jesus Prayer. She soon realizes the down fall of her solution and through her pains and challenges; she learns how to deal with social unpleasantness....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1544 words
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Emotional Damage, Hidden Truths, and Accepting Responsibility in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye - Emotional Damage, Hidden Truths, and Accepting Responsibility in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye When one finds themselves in a reader’s position, they search for things in the novel that they can relate to. J. D. Salinger wrote a story that contained countless topics that people, past, present and future, can relate to in several ways. The novel follows the story of a troubled boy named Holden who leaves school due to his poor academic performance, an altercation with his roommate, and complications with his emotions due to the traumatic loss of his brother....   [tags: Novel, Teenagers, High School]
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Grief and Bereavement in The Catcher in the Rye -      The Catcher in the Rye has been described, analyzed, rebuffed, and critiqued over the years.  Each writer expresses a different point of view:  It is a story reflecting teen-ager's talk--thoughts-emotions--actions; or angst.  I believe it is an adult's reflection of his own unresolved grief and bereavements.  That adult is the author, J.D. Salinger.  He uses his main character, Holden, as the voice to vent the psychological misery he will not expose -or admit to. If there are 785 instances of profanity in the book, I contend there are well over a hundred scenes where Holden used the word depressed.  D"Ambrosio presents this same thought saying, "It should be obvious by now th...   [tags: Alienation of Salinger Revealed]
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Non-Conformity in The Catcher in the Rye and Igby Goes Down - The Catcher in the Rye¬ and Igby goes down, written by JD Salinger and Burr Steers respectively, explore the issue of non-conformity among youth. As Steers’ text is an appropriation of Salinger’s, similar ideas and opinions are presented, however they are affected by both context and medium in the way that they are conveyed, and the composers view on the issues. Despite this, their purpose remains the same, and that is to show the positive and negative sides of non-conformism on the mental and physical health of contemporary youth....   [tags: JD Salinger, Burr Steers, Literary Comparison] 1165 words
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Theme of Maturity in The Bean Trees and The Catcher in the Rye - How does one know that a person is maturing. Are there signs. What defines maturity. “A mature person assumes responsibility for his or her actions” (“Maturity”) but does that mean someone who cannot do that should not be considered mature. In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, both Holden and Taylor go through a period in their lives where they start “putting aside ‘toys’ and fantasies...seeing the world as it really is” (“Maturity”). For Taylor, adulthood is thrust upon her when she “inherits” Turtle, while for Holden it takes till the end of the book--when he is with Phoebe--to realize....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Barbara Kingsolver] 929 words
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How does J.D Salinger use the character of Holden Caulfield to explore - How does J.D Salinger use the character of Holden Caulfield to explore the issues related to growing up. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ was written in the late 1940’s and first published in a magazine in 1947. The novel is like a bildungsroman but only consists of two and a half days in the life of a 17 year old boy called Holden Caulfield, although he argues that the book is not about his “lousy childhood”. Holden seems to be very conscious of this and doesn’t want it to be “all that David Copperfield kind of crap”....   [tags: English Literature] 2481 words
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A Loner's Intervention - The 1951 novel, The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a classic that should be read throughout the decades. Salinger accurately portrays the struggles of being a teenager and finding yourself. The author did base many of the situations presented in the book on moments of his own life: the moving from school to school, knowing an older Columbian student, and many other ones. Salinger did an impressive job in captivating his readers from page one to the end, and it probably has to do with the unusual protagonist, Holden Caulfield....   [tags: JD Salinger, The Cathcer In The Rye, Analysis]
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The Themes of The Catcher in the Rye - ... To Holden, the children in the rye are representative of innocence and purity, a state he wishes he could return to, to avoid growing up and becoming an adult—going off the symbolic cliff. Americans of the 1950s identified with this nostalgia for the ignorant bliss of children, for a time before the disillusionment of the Cold War. The themes of childhood innocence and the death of its purity in adulthood that Holden’s sentimental dream symbolizes reflect the struggle that young Americans growing up during the Cold War had faced when trying to reconcile their burgeoning sense of morality with their fear of what adults were capable of doing to the world....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, story and character analysis]
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Afraid of Change - Change is an inevitable process of life and often it can be extremely difficult to deal with. A change can be as small and insignificant as changing a habit, or maybe even as huge as switching schools or death. The Catcher in the Rye is a novel about the main character’s, Holden’s, journey of growing up. He experiences many varying types of changes. Holden is afraid of change and in many situations throughout the novel, he resists both change and the process of maturity. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the motif of the Museum of Natural History is the main object that helps to develop the theme of Holden’s fear of change, and it is obvious that he fears change and complexity more...   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger, fear, innocence]
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The American Landscape of Literature - The authors J.D Salinger and Joseph Heller have created novels that depict the American landscape based on spirit, culture, identity and values. American spirit is defined through rebellion in both novels. J.D Salinger captures rebellion through Holden’s refusal to go with the flow of society, and Joseph Heller shows rebellion using Yossarian to capture rebellion by his ideals that it is better to survive then fight in a war while most Americans uphold the belief that it is an honor to sacrifice oneself for one’s country....   [tags: Literary Analysis, J.D Salinger, Joseph Heller] 2091 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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The Phony Theme of The Catcher In The Rye - The Phony Theme of The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger        In life there comes a time when everyone thinks that they are surrounded by phoniness. This often happens during the teen years when the person is trying to find a sense of direction. Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old teen-ager is trying to find his sense of direction in J.D. Salinger's, "The Catcher In The Rye." Holden has recently been expelled from Pency Prep for failing four out of his five classes. He decides to start his Christmas recess early and head out to New York....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger]
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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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The Total Package of an American - The definition of “what it means to be an American” is difficult to outline in exact terms; however, through the characters in Catch-22 and Catcher in the Rye, Joseph Heller and J.D. Salinger manage to do just that. American spirit, identity, culture, and values are four aspects of America that are the basis of what it means to be an American. The characters in Catch-22 and Catcher in the Rye provide the reader with a solid base of what Americans are all about. Most Americans are independent, fun loving, patriotic, and firm in their beliefs; however, some but few Americans are greedy and imbecilic....   [tags: Literary Analysis, J.D Salinger, Joseph Heller] 2463 words
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Holden Caulfield: Typical American Teenager - It is difficult to really define American teenagers, but they’re seen as confused and without any real identity age wise. Although not as prominent as in the 20th century, teenagers have to deal with a misleading phoniness in society today. The teenage years are when a person really decides (or has a decision forced on them) how their views will develop, such as living with optimism or pessimism. Because of pressure from media, peers and parents, teenagers either try to grow up too quickly or simply refuse and get left behind....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger]
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For Esme- With Love and Squalor - For Esme- With Love and Squalor 1) In “For Esme- With Love and Squalor,” J.D. Salinger addresses a part of every person’s life. Everyone experiences periods in their life when they question the world and what is happening around them. Most people probably do not experience it quite as dramatic as the writer of the story, Sergeant X, does. He finds himself in the middle of the pure madness of war, and is having a hard time coping with the realities of the situation. Eventually, people find their way of dealing with these moments....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Literature Essays] 1083 words
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J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye and Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down - Comparative Essay The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger and Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers are both displayed as rites of passage texts. The respective protagonists of these two texts are Igby Slocumb and Holden Caulfield. These two characters are both on a journey motif, a journey of self discovery in which they both attempt to find meaning in life and understand societies values and attitudes. The two protagonists demonstrate non-conformity and rebel against the apparent hypocrisy present in their respective societies....   [tags: essays research papers] 1485 words
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Esther Greenwood of Bell Jar and Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye - The adolescent protagonists Esther Greenwood, of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, and Holden Caulfield, of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye both struggle to forge and maintain normal relationships with others. Though both characters are virgins, they share a preoccupation with sex and losing their virginity, and react nearly identically when faced with initial sexual encounters. The characterization of Esther and Holden results in the recurrent themes in both novel of failure to meet the expectations of others, the inability to interact with others in educational, personal, social, and familial environments and the resulting isolation, despite living in one of the largest citi...   [tags: comparative essay, Sylvia Plath, J.D. Salinger]
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The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a controversial book from many aspects. There was a public uproar when it was primarily released in 1951, mainly due to the profanity and sexual exploitation within. Salinger was able to construct the text in a unique manner, writing from the perspective of a highly critical, lonely and depressed 17 year old boy, Holden Caulfield, who recounts an incident which occurred one year ago. Holden was expelled from Pencey Prep, a rich and well known prep school with a good reputation....   [tags: J. D. Salinger] 1002 words
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Ambiguity in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Sylvia Plath’s The Ball Jar, and Richard Heller’s Catch 22 - Ambiguity in literature after World War II reflects and explores issues of self and society. These two ideas often work against each other instead of coexisting to form a struggle-free existence. J. D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, and Richard Heller illustrate this struggle with their works. These authors explore ambiguity through different characters that experience the world in different ways. Identity, while it is an easy concept, can be difficult to attain. These authors seek out ambiguity with the human experience, coming to different conclusions....   [tags: american literature, catcher in the rye, the ball ]
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The Color Red in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - As once said by Socrates, a famous Greek philosopher, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He believes people should read between the lines, and in the case of books, delve into what the author is trying to say by using symbols and imagery. To someone who does not examine the book, The Catcher in the Rye, it may seem to be about a “messed up” teenager who wanders around town and doesn’t care about life. But when a range of ______ are explored, one will find that this book has common themes of innocence, changing, growing up and also death....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays] 501 words
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J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish versus Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat - Throughout J.D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” many different themes are used to reveal how the protagonist is lead to his ultimate demise. In the stories, there are many themes that are used such as the fall from innocence into despair and ruin, split personality casing the character’s ruin, and deterioration into madness and obsession. This paper’s intention is to offer a clear presentation on how the two author’s works are similar and different....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1414 words
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Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Holden from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Holden from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye Holden from "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D Salinger and Christopher from "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon are both two very interesting first person narrators in many different ways. Holden is a 17years old boy having difficulty staying in schools more than 6 months because he doesn't work enough and Christopher is 15 years old and has asperger's syndrome....   [tags: Papers] 1072 words
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Catcher In The Rye - From the Outside, Looking In Despite the debate that may wage on regarding the status to be afforded J. D. Salinger's writings, the author's books have not quietly faded into obscurity. Although published almost a half-century ago, the author's most famous work, Catcher in the Rye, enjoys almost as healthy and devoted a following today as the book did when it was first published. Because of a self-imposed exile that began almost at the same time the Salinger's career was just taking off, much of the substance of the writer's life—his thoughts, ideals, writing objectives—remain shrouded in mystery....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Book Review Catcher Rye] 1679 words
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Holden Caulfield and The Catcher in the Rye - A Character Sketch of Holden Caulfield In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is the main character that the book revolves around. He is a seventeen year old boy that sometimes acts immature: "Some times I act like I'm thirteen" (13). He stands tall measuring six feet two and a half. Even though he is young, one side of his head is "Full of millions of grays hairs" (13). This grey air seems unusual and atypical because he had it since he was a child. Most people know him say he acts like he is twelve, including his father....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]
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Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - Holden Caulfield seems to have all these different kinds of people stuck together in one body. He can be very generous, as he is to the nuns, very mean. He even lies to people. But one thing Holden has is a moral code that he goes by. In the Catcher in the Rye Holden shows at least three elements of his moral code. One of his elements of his moral code is that it’s all right to lie to make people feel better. One quote to prove that is, “Old Mrs. Morrow didn’t say anything but boy you should have seen her....   [tags: essays research papers] 460 words
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger - ... In 1951 when the book was published, there was no category of Young Adult Fiction, therefore he attracted the attention of all the readers, and all the audience, since he was creating a new genre. Nevertheless, this new genre would cause greater controversy than awe. In “The Catcher in the Rye”, the abundant words of foul language, sex and drugs, make Salinger’s main character, Holden, a pathetic man to some, and an admirable man to others. “The Catcher in The Rye” amazes some readers but offends others....   [tags: fiction, own experience] 723 words
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Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye - Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye The coming of age novels, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, and A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, both interpret the lives of adolescent boys journeying through their conflicts and inner confusion to reach the level of maturity. Salinger and Knowles both discern the literal ways a typical teenager grows up with the help of literary elements such as plot, setting, character development, conflicts, irony, symobolism, theme, and point of view....   [tags: J.D. Salinger John Knowles Adolescent Boys Essays]
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The Character of Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye - ... This is especially true, when it comes to the adults that try to help or even just talk to him. Holden shows his tendency to lie, at the very beginning of the novel, when he talks to Mr. Spencer at his house. After assuring Holden that he will definitely feel some concern about his future, Mr. Spencer says that he would “like to put some sense in that head of [his]” that he is “trying to help [him], if [he] can.”(14). However, Holden lies about how he has “to get going” because he “[has] quite a bit of equipment at the gym [he] has to take home with him”, because he thinks that “they were too much on the opposite sides of the pole” (15)....   [tags: ill-mannered, narrow-minded, negative]
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Arrogance in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - ... Instead of expressing and possibly realizing the feeling of inferiority, a narcissist pretends to be perfect. The narcissist could be strictly hiding imperfections in exchange for the jealousy of others who believe the narcissist is great the whole way around. Although researchers are looking into the real cause for arrogance, a definite answer is currently unavailable. Many theories, ranging from how a person is raised during childhood to the inability to manage stress, try to explain the root cause for arrogance, but for the time being psychologist do not know the real root cause....   [tags: siddhartha and holden’s views ]
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Fanfiction of Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger - Well, my fanfiction is about Sunny from The Catcher in the Rye. Sunny is the prostitute whom Holden Caulfield attempts to connect with, and not the kind of connect one would normally do with a prostitute. Holden attempts a real emotional connection with her. In my little fanfiction I am going to create my own little back-story for our little prostitute, but I have not done a whole lot of writing so I am sure it will be a woot, more or less. Sunny is a young prostitute, to be exact she was “young as hell” and “she had a little weeny-winy voice” according to Mr....   [tags: protest, realization, rebel]
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J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye - Literary Analysis In the book The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, characterization of Holden Caulfield reveals a classic coming-of-age story. Throughout the novel, Holden’s character develops and begins to transition from being a child to being an adult. His journey in the story helps him recognize his true identity, in both positive and negative ways. The Catcher in the Rye takes places in the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s in both Pennsylvania and New York. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, finds himself stuck in difficult situations and must find his own way out....   [tags: literary analysis] 716 words
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