Analysis Of 'Catcher In The Rye'

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Holden Caulfield: Twentieth Century Teen Template The Catcher in the Rye is the story of a young boy, who is just trying to find himself as he enters adulthood. The story is told through the eyes of Holden Caulfield recounting his adventures after being expelled from yet another school. Majority of the story takes place over the course of a few days, involves a trip to New York, nuns, prostitutes, teachers, an old girlfriend and family. Known as “The ultimate novel for disaffected youth,” let’s take a look how Holden Caulfield, goes through his awkward adolescence years and see how it continues to relate to today’s youth. J.D. Salinger wrote The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, right at the end of WWII. During the war, many teens were required…show more content…
He is forgetting how to love, and it’s happening largely because he is starting to see the world and himself for what it really is. Many teenagers fall into the same skeptical outlook on life just as Holden did for that very reason. As they grow to see the world and get direction, they have found it difficult to find a place to bestow their love. In the end Holden is real and that is truly why teenagers resonate with him. Salinger did a wonderful job on making him real. The youth of the 20th century clung onto Holden’s attitude towards life as they learned about the world themselves. His process of growth attracts teen readers as they go through the same emotions and thoughts as he…show more content…
It has had a gigantic impact on our teens, as well as the development of our pop culture. The book itself has been quoted in movies and television shows around the world. The movie Charlie Bartlett follows along with the story line quite closely. The movie involves many similarities such as Charlie coming from a wealthy family and getting kicked out of countless private schools. Charlie also has issues fitting in at his new schools and gets into meaning less fights. There actually have been many movies that have followed very closely to the same story line as The Catcher in the Rye, but they never seem to have the same impact as this well written novel. The American pop culture can’t get enough of Holden Caulfield and his outlandish attitude. American band Green Day actually wrote a song called Who Wrote Holden Caulfield it talks about the young man and uses several quotes directly from the book such as “Where do the ducks go in the winter?” and “put my hat on and get out of

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