Literary Analysis : ' The Catcher Rye ' Essay example

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The Catcher in the Rye Essay #1: Literary Analysis Pain and suffering are definitely a main idea in both The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Both stories’ main characters/narrators express pain and suffering throughout the stories, thus giving the reader a gloomy, negative feeling whilst connecting with the story. The Catcher in the Rye is very discreet in showing Holden’s pain. Holden Caulfield has lived a very tragic and sad life. The first main devastating event that occurred in Holden’s life was his brother’s death. His brother, Allie, died from leukemia when Holden was thirteen years old; Allie was eleven (Salinger 38). This obviously sets the story up from then on to be sad, especially since this is what caused Holden’s mental and emotional stability to deteriorate. Holden is then shipped off to several schools, but he just gets kicked out of all of them. Holden says, “They kicked me out… on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself at all” (Salinger 4). When Holden is being kicked out of his current school, Pencey Prep, he abruptly leaves before he is destined to: “I just didn’t want to hang around anymore. It made me too sad and lonesome” (Salinger 51). It gets worse from there as Holden’s yearning from human love and affection increases. When Holden arrives at his hotel in New York after going out to flirt with older women at a night club called “The Lavender Room”, the elevator…

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