Analysis Of Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger shows the transition of a young teenager who struggles to find himself in the adult world. Holden Caulfield encounters many different elements that he had been influenced by the world around him. He views the world full of “perverts” and “phonies”. As a result of his views, Holden withdraws from society because he believes society is “broken” and very flawed. Holden’s view of society is developed based on his experiences such as the death of his brother, flunking out of many schools, an unrealistic dream of becoming the catcher and the rye. He becomes very judgmental of others which are his way of feeling better about himself by looking at things cursorily and His approach is to dismiss thinking deeply…show more content…
He does so because he understands that if he allows Phoebe to follow him westward, he will fail his dream of protecting her innocent; instead of preventing her terrible fall into adulthood, he will be as guilty of pushing her over the edge of childhood as the anonymous "pervert" who scribbles profanity on her elementary school walls. Thus, to save her, he must sacrifice his passionate disdain for adult phonies and submit to the indignity of their "asking me if I 'm going to apply myself ' (213)…” Holden Caulfield suggests that children should be respected and protected. He wants to be the catcher and the rye to protect children from “falling over”. As a result of Allie’s death, Holden feels guilty and loses faith in the adult world, and his own future. The baseball mitt represents Holden returns to the field where childhood still remain themselves, not entering the adulthood and Holden’s life is much simpler. Furthermore, Holden is still not able to face reality like an adult, instead, Holden tells Phoebe that he just wants to catch kids from falling off a cliff. On page 173, “… Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they…show more content…
Holden wants to protect children from having to face the harsh realities of life, therefore, he wants to be a catcher in a rye. He feels so protective of others based on his own distorted outlook on the world. He hates the falseness of other people, similar to his school, but all Holden sees around him is liars and thieves. He sees Pencey Prep as a microcosm of New York City, which is filled with degenerates. Holden 's parents, also show his disregard for adulthood with their high social class position. They have not taught Holden about what is an actual reality, rather they send him off to a boarding school, creating a communication barrier between each other. Holden 's sister Phoebe, however, reflects the morality of childhood because she is bold to confront life. Adults lose the ability to be authentic and upfront, while children are more direct. One of the themes of the novel is Holden Caulfield 's conflicted relationship with youth and adulthood. In “Reconsidering the concept of therapeutic landscapes in J D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” written by Leonard D Baer and Wilbert M Gesler, the authors, discuss the significance of the transition between childhood and adulthood had an effect on Holden Caulfield. The authors compare J D Salinger and Holden such as both of them lived in New York City, Holden’s desire to neglect society and migrating to different locations became a reality for
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