F. Salinger 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay example

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The theme of alienation is depicted through the main character Holden Caulfield, in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 (Wenke). Salinger pursued his dream of becoming a writer by graduating from Columbia University (“Catcher”). The Catcher in the Rye is the representation of Salinger’s childhood and adolescence, which he claimed “...in a 1953 interview with Shirley Blahly… ‘his boyhood was very much the same as [Holden Caulfield’s], and it was a great relief telling people about it”’(Wenke 123). Since little is known about Salinger’s childhood, critics believe that he and Holden are one person (Wenke). Holden is an isolated teen who alienates himself from the outside world, and the people in his life have a habit of abandoning him as well. The feeling of loneliness leads Holden to fall into depression and to have an obsession with death.
Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy who is afraid of adulthood is described by Geismar as “...the innocent child in the evil and hostile universe, the child who can never grow up”(61). He experiences alienation from several of the characters within the novel. He has a different view of the world which gives him difficulties to relate to the other youth. Trowbridge further explains Holden as, “The idealist, the person who sees a difference between what is and what ought to be and is bothered by that vision into some sort of action…” Holden’s diverse way of thinking leads his…

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