Analysis Of Catcher In The Rye

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Assignment 02: Fiction, Literary Criticism and Drama: (a) The Catcher in the Rye (J.D.Salinger) Question asked: The title of the novel is taken from a poem by Robert Burns. Read this passage carefully and write an essay in which you explain how this poem sums up Holden’s deepest desire, and how this theme is developed in the novel. Write between two and three pages. Introduction: Holden Caulfield a 17 year old teenager is the narrator of the book “The Catcher in the Rye” J.D Salinger illustrates in his book “The Catcher in the Rye” of a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up. Holden Caulfield’s sister Phoebe is 9 years old; he has big respect for his younger siblings. Allie who is Holden’s younger brother died of leukaemia. Essay: Holden Caulfield is a 17 year old teenager, who is the narrator and protagonist in “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden is telling his story directly to the reader from a mental hospital in southern California. From the beginning we as the reader notice that Holden is not a traditional narrator. He gives details about his birth, his parents and all that David Copperfield kind of crap" (referring to Charles Dickens' novel by the same name).Holden’s favourite story “The Secret Goldfish” is written by his older brother D.B, whom he describes as a “terrific” short story writer. “The Secret Goldfish” is about a child who buys a goldfish and doesn’t allow other people to look at the fish, because het bought it with his own money. This foreshadows Holden’s passions for the innocence and authenticity of childhood. In Chapter 3 Holden returns to his dorm room after being pestered by Ackley. Of all the places in the novel this is where Holden discusses his hat, the most famous and recognizabl... ... middle of paper ... ... is trying to catch Holden in the midst of a “fall.” But Mr. Antolini “fall” describes is very different from the one Holden had imagined. Holden desires an idyllic world of childhood innocence; But Mr. Antolini describes that Holden is giving up or disengaging himself from the real world, or that he would fall in a void that removes life around him. In both these cases, we see that Holden envisions himself as the protector rather than the one to be protected. Holden is the one who really needs to be “caught”. But Mr. Antolini thinks that Holden feels disconnected from his environment, and, his assessment is accurate. Holden wants to attempt to be his own saviour, but Mr. Antolini’s imagines Holden’s falling presents in a more accurate image of what awaits Holden on the other side of the “cliff.” This thus reveals the weaknesses of Holden’s romantic outlook.

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