Analysis Of The Novel 'Catcher In The Rye'

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Catcher in the Rye analysis The Novel “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is often know for being the novel that led to the death of pop culture icon John Lennon, but it is also known as one of the greatest novels ever written. Although it does not move me to strike down a Beatle, it does move me to consider my own relationships and what we as a society value and promote among each other. At the beginning of the novel, Holden Caulfield’s pessimism prevents him from succeeding, or even attempting to fit in society, because he is too close minded to the world around him. However by the end of the novel he learns to accept others and to take action in his life. As the novel begins we are introduced to a character that can only really be described…show more content…
This proves to be a major deterrent for him on many of his adventures in the big city, and will ultimately cause him to change his outlook on the world. The first thing that Holden notices about the Hotel is that “[it] was lousy with perverts” (Salinger 81). He immediately takes the negative stance on a situation and this prevents him from taking advantage of the situation and developing as a person. This attitude is what almost drives Holden to the grave. As his adventures in New York continue he pushes people further and further away in the idea that they are all phonies and Holden is the one in the right. This ideology is flawed, and that is one of the main messages that Salinger wants the reader to understand. This pessimism is constantly driving others away such as Sally Hayes when he asks her to run off to the woods forever with him. Holden even said that in the middle of their conversation, he “was beginning to hate her” (Salinger 172). Salinger discourages this behavior through Holden by showing that this attitude cannot even allow Holden to accomplish the easiest tasks. He cannot even bring himself to have sex with a prostitute that he had already hired because he just wanted to talk, despite his constant allusions to him being a sex maniac. In Behrman’s “vision of the innocent” he describes Holden as having the “he has the deadpan literalness and the all-or-nothing combativeness of the passionate adolescent” that will force others against him (Behrman 3). This pessimism prevents him from maturing and accepting the role of adulthood, even though he just wants to be the catcher in the rye. His attitudes directly relate with Holden’s inabilities to adapt to the changing world. Through all of his endeavors in New York, he is slowly and slowly broken down into a realistic man. His emotional collapse and his physical collapse seem to coincide as

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