When Holden gives his hat to Phoebe at the end of the book, he says "don't let me disappear" 198 looking up to his dead brother Allie in the sky. The passing of the hat is symbolic of his desire to protect his sister with his prized hat just as he imagined that the hat protected him. Holden's red hunting hat also symbolizes the fight between himself, wanting to remain a child forever, using all the protection it offers, and his lingering desire to enter the adults' world. First, when Holden watches Phoebe go around in the carousel, it starts raining and he himself admits that his "red hunting hat really gave [him] a sort of protection, in a way" 212-213. Holden's hat symbolizes protection from childhood - not just from the sun or weather.
Holden has not matured and is unable to deal with the responsibility of living on his owe. He childishly uses a hunter’s hat to disguise him self from others. The truth of his life is sad and soon leads to his being institutionalized. He tries to escape the truth with his criticisms. Knowing he will never meet his parents’ expectations, his only true friend is his eight-year-old sister Phoebe, to whom Holden tells that he really wants to be ‘the catcher in the rye”.
This feeling of loneliness and alienating themselves from the world leads teens down a depressed life. One of the most prevalent themes in the novel The Catcher in the Rye is how loneliness affects teenagers and leads them to a buildup of unhappy emotions. Salinger shows Holden’s loneliness when he tries to think of someone to talk to when he first gets to New York. Instead Holden gets to the phone booth and “ends up not calling anybody” (59). Holden really wants to talk to someone, but as soon as he thinks of whom he might walk to call, he either comes up with a reason for why they would not want to talk to him, or a reason why he would not want to talk to them.
Mr. Winston said that he “have not as yet decided on trying the experiment, and…hardly think it probable [he] shall.” Mr. Winston knew if he tried to pass as being white in the North it would not work because except him and probably would try to kill him (Webb 41). Clarence Jr. was another character who had parents who were of mix race and when they were killed he was forced to pass as being white. Mr. Balch t... ... middle of paper ... ...ass her house just to see her face. When he met back up with his sister Em, he asked her to mail a letter to Little Birdie stating to come and visit him because he had been very ill. When Little Birdie received the letter she immediately went to visit him but unfortunately, when she arrived at his home he died.
He does not even call his parents after getting kicked out of Pencey. Holden does not want to grow up because of the loss of innocence that occurs with growing up. He always praises little kids and the purity. He wants to be the catcher in the rye for children so that they do not fall off cliff and lose their innocence. Holden sees that the adult world is full of phonies and even says his own brother is phony so he does not want to grow up.
This quote shows how Sanford Pinsker interprets Holden’s remarks as confusion and uncertainty of complex “adult” emotions and ideas. Holden starts realizing how phony and complicated life is. “…the comic irony, the colloquial language the theme of anti-phoniness…[Holde... ... middle of paper ... ...chological development and psychological breakdown...the people who Holden criticize are virtually all representatives of a corrupt society … the book portrays the manners and follies of the [society] … and Holden represents a sensitive social critic who reveals the evils of this phony society.” (Pg 1 Robert Bennett). This quote shows how he feels that Salinger is portraying the real world, with society’s flaws and negative aspects. Holden experiences many new emotions and aspects of life as he grows up.
So, they decided to form a government, but soon the kids mutinied against the leader and later nihilism and terror ruled. Anyway, many reader ponders, why did at the end, anarchy and savagery ruled, and many analysts blame the theme of the book. The author William Golding says that the theme of the book is “an attempt to trace the defect of society back to the defect of human nature”. Yes, the theme of the book is the conflict between Civilization vs. Savagery and the loss of innocence. The main conflict in Lord of the Flies is civilization vs. savagery.
J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye exposes the main character, Holden Caulfield, to the adult world; a world in which Holden does not want to believe in. Faced with many obstacles, Holden is forced to enter into an adult-like state of mind, something in which he can not manage on his own. Holden’s many failures, including, his relationships with others and getting kicked out of multiple prep schools greatly contribute to his longing to remain a child. Holden states once on a museum trip that, “Certain things they should stay the way they are.
Holden has a near obsession with the death of his younger brother Allie, who died at age thirteen due to leukemia. Holden had punched and broke all the windows in the garage out of anger; he says that his hands still hurt from the incident. Throughout the novel, Holden dwells on Allies’ death. From Holden's thoughts, it is obvious that he loves and misses Allie. In order to hold on to his brother and to minimize the pain of his loss, Holden brings Allie's baseball mitt along with him where ever he goes.
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is afraid of growing up, this fear is known as the Peter Complex. Holden does not want to relinquish his freedom for responsibilities and therefore rebels, refusing to face the consequences. This fear leads to Holden being kicked out of multiple schools and failing grades (Salinger 8). Due to his grades it can be assumes that Holden missed out on quite a few opportunities especially considering he is fairly accomplished at writing. Meanwhile, Charlie fears loss, he has already lost his Aunt Helen and the previous spring he lost a friend, Michael to suicide.