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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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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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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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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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Escape is the Theme in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn - Escape is a recurrent theme within both J.D. Salinger’s ‘the Catcher in the Rye’ and Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and both Twain and Salinger use linguistic and literary features to develop the theme of escape. The ‘Huckleberry Finn’ extract occurs after Pap has taken Huck to live in his cabin. Huck decides that he needs to escape from Pap’s violent and drunken state- “I made up my mind I would fix up a way to leave there”. The ‘Catcher in the Rye’ extract occurs after Holden has had a fight with Stradlater and is about to decide to escape from Pency - “I decided what I’d really do....   [tags: death, blasphemes, language]
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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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Open Up and Bleed, by Paul Trynka, Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - In my time as a student, I have come across a myriad of novels, short stories, novella, articles, and the like. Written works are really hard to avoid in life, especially as a teenager in high school. Needless to say, it's hard not to form an opinion on such works. I have come to find many titles that I admire, both fictitious and non, such as Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka. There are many more pieces of writing that I merely tolerated, Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby was surely not the greatest work that my favorite author produced....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rating] 977 words
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The Theme of Escape in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by JD Salinger and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain - In extract one from chapter 12 in The Catcher in the Rye Holden takes another taxi ride from his hotel to a nightclub. He meets a cab driver, a man named Horwitz, and engages him in a conversation in which he reveals his anxiety towards society and his growing depression. Extract 2 from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is from chapter 16 and features Huck and Jim drifting further south on their raft to Cairo, whereupon Huck grows more concerned about the enormity and consequences of his actions....   [tags: society, slavery, freedom]
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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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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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To What Extent Does Salinger Make You Sympathize With Holden Caulfield - To What Extent Does Salinger Make You Sympathize With Holden Caulfield The Catcher In The Rye By J.D.Salinger J.D Salinger has made the main character and narrator, Holden Caulfield, very complex. He has many good qualities that help the reader to sympathize with him. However throughout the novel the reader comes to realize that Holden’s behaviour around other characters often contradicts the opinions he has expressed to t he reader. This makes us see that, at times, Holden is no better than the characters he dislikes....   [tags: English Literature] 1389 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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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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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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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 Adolescent Crisis of The Catcher in the Rye - The Adolescent Crisis of The Catcher in the Rye Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is valid, realistic, representation of the adolescent world. The book is about adolescent crisis. The main character, Holden, runs away from his expensive school because he is an academic failure and finds intolerable the company of so many phoneys. Holden is a rangy sixteen year old who has grown too fast. Girls are on his mind. Whenever girls do something pretty, even if they're ugly or stupid, you fall half in love with them....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays Salinger]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger - “Don’t tell people what you are thinking, or you will miss them terribly when you are away” (Salinger 214) says Holden Caulfeild as he warns the world. Salingers novel pinpoints the many fears and phobias of growing up from an immature, pessimistic, “everybody’s a goddam phony” perspective that makes it relate-able to young transitioning teenagers. Salinger's Caulfeild is afraid of growing up and the unknown prospects of entering the adult world after experiencing a life changing event. Holden, clinging to his innocence, most importantly learns how the Phony adult world not only treats people like HC poorly, but it kills them....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye Essays]
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Holden Caulfield´s Innocence and Purity in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - ... This passage from the story tells a lot about Holden, “I couldn't think of anybody to call up. My brother D.B. was in Hollywood. My kid sister Phoebe goes to bed around nine o'clock--so I couldn't call her up. (...) My parents would be the ones. So that was out. Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher's mother a buzz, and find out when Jane's vacation started, but I didn't feel like it. (...) Then I thought of calling this girl I used to go around with quite frequently, Sally Hayes, because I knew her Christmas vacation had started already--she'd written me this long, phony letter, inviting me over to help her trim the Christmas tree Christmas Eve and all--but I was afraid her mother'd...   [tags: companionship, judgemental, mature, pleasures] 848 words
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Holden the oppsite of good - Holden the opposite of a good In the twenty first century many things have changed. Laws have become stricter, medical science has advanced and schools have changed teaching styles for the better. Holden the main character in “The Catcher in the Rye” would not have been a role model if he lived today. Although the times were different and a lot of things slipped through the cracks his actions would not have been acceptable today. There are many reasons Holden is a very poor role model. People can see this through; his academics, his social life and lastly his habits....   [tags: The Catcher and The Rye, JD Salinger]
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Catcher In The Rye Essay Comparison With Freud - I think Holden Caufield is one of the few sane characters in The Catcher in the Rye. List reasons why you think Holden is sane, or normal compared to the average teenager. I think holden is sane because he is like most other teens. They deal with emotions, mood swings, relationships with others, etc List some other characters and show how they are stranger than Holden. Mr. Antolini- holden awoke to him patting/petting his head, then asking holden not to leave afterward. P.192-193 Examine Holden’s interaction with society, including family, friends, teachers, etc. Phoebe- Holdens little sister, he loves her most of the family, and she is one of the reasons that stops him from thinking abou...   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1452 words
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Innocence In Catcher In The Rye - If there were one word to tell what the theme of the book was it would be innocence. How we are all innocent at some point, how to try to keep our innocence, and how no one can keep their innocence forever. We all fall from our innocence. Adam and Eve fell from grace and innocence and set the tone for all of our lives. Throughout the whole book Holden is trying to make people keep their innocence and he wants to hold onto it himself. What he needs to learn and does learn through the course of the book is that no one can keep his or her innocence....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 1244 words
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Holden Caufield in Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger - The setting of this story takes place in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. The home of Pency bording school. Pency is one of those college prep schools that advertises only the best aspects and never mentions how much the students will hate going there. On the brochure there is an unrealistic, imaginary student that does not exist playing polo. In real life Pency, there are a couple hundred spoiled little rich students whose parents do not want the burden of raising them. The point of view in this story is expressed in first person....   [tags: essays research papers] 1198 words
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Catcher In The Rye - Caulfield Called Away From the Field "I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be," Holden explains to Phoebe (173). The only job Holden can see himself doing is saving children from falling off a cliff or growing up because Holden idealizes the innocence and no shame children possess; and he, himself, wants to return to that state of mind. Holden's wanting to preserve the purity of children, shows his "coming of age" because he soon realizes his roles and responsibility and how the inevitable is adulthood....   [tags: J.D. Salinger] 987 words
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Wisdom In The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Sallinger - It is widely agreed that Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye is unarguably the quintessential coming of age and initiation story . This story has been compared against Ellis’ Less Than Zero and T.S. Elliot’s Wasteland as being among the literature that best elucidates the alienation of our youth . The story of Holden’s transition into manhood has been compared against the American transition into consumerism after the world wars . The story has been elevated above bildungsroman to an epic of Odyssean proportion ....   [tags: holden, nuns, charity] 2635 words
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Buildup of Emotions and Lack of Communication: A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Sallinger - The human mind, only able to withstand so much pressure before losing control, is like a volcano. The harsh truths that accumulate throughout the course of one’s life can lead to devastation, the eruption of the mind’s volcano. American twentieth century author, J.D. Salinger, illustrates the devastating consequences caused by a buildup of emotions and a lack of communication in his short story, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish.” Salinger “has become, in biographer Ian Hamilton's phrase, ‘famous for not wanting to be famous’ ” (Stevick)....   [tags: human mind, communication, materialism]
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Mental Illness and Death in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger - ... The death of a sibling at such a young age is not something many people can even imagine let alone actually go through. In this case, Allie's death is very tragic and prolonged because: “ he got leukemia and died...” (Salinger 38). All death is hard to go through but having to watch a loved one slowly and painfully suffer to the end of their life brings a whole new level of hardship. A tragic event like this would be hard for a young child to cope with and would affect them more because of their lack of understanding....   [tags: PTSD, tamara hill, human experience] 807 words
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Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye - One definition of a microscope is "an optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of objects." Holden Caufield can be symbolized by a microscope and its parts: the field of view, the focus, and the magnifier. Holden is like the whole of the microscope in three ways. Firstly, a microscope is delicate and needs great amounts of care to keep it in good shape. Holden is also like this. He needs interaction with people to keep him healthy. Secondly, a microscope views things with scrutiny and is used to see things that may not be seen by the naked eye....   [tags: J. D. Salinger] 304 words
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A Letter from Holden from Catcher in the Rye - A Letter from Holden from Catcher in the Rye Dear Holden, Hi mate, what’s gone wrong with you. I can’t believe this has happened to you. You were fine when I left, after Allie dying and all. You know when I last saw you I was with Rachel (The English Actress). Well I proposed to her and she said yes. I am organising our honeymoon and the wedding so I am a bit tied up at the moment. So that is why I am writing a letter and not coming down to see you in person. In your previous letter, on a few occasions, you seemed to talk as if you were a different person....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Essays] 1170 words
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The Past Affects the Present - ... On the other hand, when Holden is feeling lonely and thinking about death, he suddenly remembers Allie and his funeral. “I have about fifty aunts and lousy cousins…They all came when Allie died, the whole goddam stupid bunch of them. I have this one stupid aunt that kept saying how peaceful he looked lying there. I wasn’t there. I was still in the hospital” (201). When Holden is at his lowest, he seems to go back to the negative aspects of memories. Holden does not talk a lot about not going to Allie’s funeral because it would cause him too much pain....   [tags: J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 693 words
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Where Is Your Innocence? - Children—when you see one, you cannot help but smile a toothy grin. When you love one, you wish they would stay that way forever. In the book Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, is also a firm believer of this. Many times in the book, Holden finds himself in situations where he confronts purity and the harshness of the real world. All these situations have one thing in common, also one of the themes in the book: the preservation of innocence. When Holden goes to meet his little sister, Phoebe, at her school, he notices crude graffiti, not once, but three times....   [tags: J.D. Sallinger's The Catcher in the Rye] 572 words
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The Catcher in the Rye Should Be Banned - Catcher In The Rye was written in 1951 and for this time period, the book’s content was extremely ahead of its time. Its frequent foul language and sex-driven themes led it to be banned by several school systems across the country since its release. Some people may question why Salinger has Holden Caulfiend cursing so much. Some may see Caulfield’s persistent offensive language as unnecessary and unbecoming for a young person of Holden’s age. As an example, on page 129 when Caulfield is comparing his and Sally’s skating skills to the rest of the people at the ice-skating rink in Radio City....   [tags: J.D. Sallinger novel should be censored]
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The Morality of Reading The Catcher in the Rye in School - The Morality of Reading The Catcher in the Rye in School The story of The Catcher In The Rye, can and is misinterpreted by many people. It is very easy to find The Catcher In The Rye immoral if you are reading the book only to prove that idea. This is so because you can ignore the good things and ideas the author is trying to convey by using certain incidents that might be labeled wrong. On the other hand, if you are reading the book and taking that extra step to analyze the things that Holden Caulfield does and the things that happens to him you end up having a greater appreciation for the novel and what it says....   [tags: Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Education Essays] 958 words
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To What Degree Does One Need to Know an Author's Background to Understand and Appreciate a Novel? - Searching for background information about a novel or its author before reading it, is a matter that is subject of discussion all around the world. While many people believe that the different literary works ‘’speak for themselves’’ and do not rely upon further investigation, the truth is that every story depends on background information to be fully comprehended and appreciated and. The very celebrated, criticized and prominent novel ‘’The Catcher in the Rye’’, by J.D Salinger is not the exception....   [tags: editorial essay, the catcher in the rye]
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The Writing Style of The Catcher in the Rye - Jerome David Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is a truly unique novel in terms of writing style. The story is told in a second person narrative style by a character named Holden Caulfield, and is written loosely in a fashion known as 'stream of consciousness writing'. The stream of consciousness style of writing is that in which the writing directly follows the character's thought process in either an interior monologue or through the character's reactions to external occurrences. Stream of consciousness writing is not typically used in books due to its clearly-defined limits and its extreme demand for a talented and devoted author....   [tags: essays research papers] 1322 words
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Holden Caulfield is Lost in The Catcher in the Rye - In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, the leading character, Holden Caulfield, emerges as an adolescence lost in his own private world of pain and suffering, yet ostensibly he was able to provide himself with all the luxuries and splendors of American society. Holden is presented as a failure who struggles to stay in at least one of the four schools he's been kicked out of. This can reflect that Holden can't manage to get by in life. Throughout the book, it is obvious that Holden is running from so many things such as growing up, reality and people who are phonies....   [tags: catcher in the rye, holden caulfied]
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Psychoanalysis of Holden Caulfield - Psychoanalysis is a psychoanalytical theory and therapy that aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the conscious and unconscious elements in a human mind by bringing fears to the conscious mind. According to Sigmund Freud, “The unconscious silently directs the thoughts and behavior of the individual” (Freud 95). Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is sixteen years old and does not act his own age for he is stuck in his own private world, filled with pain and suffering....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]
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The Complexity of Holden Caulfield - The Complexity of Holden Caulfield J.D Salinger writes from personal experience in his novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The American author lived in New York City and attended a Manhattan public school for most of his adolescence before attending a boarding school that he soon left. He also suffered a mental breakdown while serving in the army. His experiences were a major part in not only the plot of his novel, but in building the character of Holden Caulfield. As the male protagonist in this coming of age novel, Holden Caulfield was faced with several obstacles to overcome....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Considering the Praises and Criticisms of The Catcher in the Rye - Considering the Praises and Criticisms of The Catcher in the Rye   Since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Critics have argued the moral issues raised by the book and the context in which it is presented. Some have argued that Salinger's tale of the human condition is fascinating and enlightening, yet incredibly depressing. The psychological battles of the novel's main character, Holden Caulfield, serve as the basis for critical argument....   [tags: Catcher Rye Essays]
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