Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Rye ' Essay

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The Catcher in the Rye is a social commentary that criticizes the superficialness of adulthood, through the eyes of the rebellious protagonist: Holden Caulfield. Holden is an academic failure who carelessly flunked out of his preparatory school, Pencey Prep, due to intolerable grades in each of his courses except English. Holden, following his academic liberation, continues his life, traveling around, criticizing the world around him in a cynical tone, attacking the phoniness and unbearable corruption of the adult world. As a consequence for his acrimony for the distastefulness of adulthood, Holden views children as a fragment of hope and happiness because their preciousness has not yet faced the brutal deterioration of adulthood. Holden takes it upon himself and assumes the responsibility to barricade these precious children from transitioning into adulthood. Holden determines that he can limit the phoniness in the world and act as a catcher for children before they lose their innocence as they fall off the cliff into adulthood.
The first mentioning of something comparable to the title of the novel comes in Chapter 16. Holden is walking in New York City, on his way to purchase records and theater tickets, when he observes a young boy blissfully skipping along the frozen streets of Broadway. Holden walks closer to the little youngster, hoping to overhear the melody he is singing, in an attempt to satisfy his sudden infatuation. He was humming: “If a body catch a body coming…

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