Essay about Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

2270 Words Aug 14th, 2014 10 Pages
In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger the main character, Holden Caufield, struggles with many problems which, after being deconstructed, all centralize around a feeling of fear. These problems include his insecurities, his loneliness, and his fear of the adult world and growing up. Holden’s actions and feelings throughout the book can be further understood by being analyzed using a deconstructionist criticism.
A deconstructionist criticism uses an investigative look at details found in a work of literature. By using this criticism the reader can further understand the meaning behind vague statements made in a work of literature. This criticism deconstructs specific parts of a book to help the reader better understand the message being conveyed. A deconstructionist looks beyond words used in a novel and pays attention to the text as it relates to the novel. They also tend to believe that the words are untrustworthy to speak for themselves and reveal their true meanings, which is why they take time to understand the meaning of the words themselves. This is very important while reading The Catcher in the Rye because the narrator, Holden Caufield, is very unreliable. This means that what Holden says can’t be taken at just face value and must be furtherer investigated in order to find its true meaning.
Holden Caufield is the main character and the narrator in The Catcher in the Rye. However, Holden is not a reliable narrator and he often uses defense mechanisms to hide…

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