Chinua. Salinger 's ' Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

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Phonies in the Wheat The Novel “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is often known 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 as quirky. The very first social encounter that the reader hears about is the football game, and from the beginning Holden separates himself from the rest of the school and sits on the opposing side of the school. This is quite symbolic because in every situation that Holden encounters, he will do the exact opposite of what society expects. “The whole school except for [Holden] was there” and so the reader is introduced to the isolationist and pessimistic attitudes that Holden takes in the world (Salinger 5). His initial interactions with the reader suggest that he is disappointed with his past and believes that he will have a bleak future. He says to Mr. Spencer in their meeting that he feels “some concern for [his] future… but not…

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