Salinger ' Salinger 's ' The Catcher Rye ' Essay

1586 Words Apr 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Dharani Nachiappan
Ms. Catenacci
08 April 2015
Salinger’s Fascination of Forlornness in The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye is known internationally as an influential and analytical narrative. It follows the story of Holden Caulfield who goes through a series of events that make him feel alone and neglected in the world that he is living in. Many themes are present throughout the novel but the most recurring and dominant theme is forlornness. This is the feeling of loneliness one has when realizing that no one can really make sense of one’s existence in this world. The author J.D. Salinger’s intention throughout the novel is to present the theme of forlornness by comparing Holden the fictional character to Salinger himself, portraying Holden as a “lonesome boy” and through the settings that Holden is placed in. Many sources show that Salinger and Holden share a similar upbringing. In The Catcher in the Rye Holden attends Pencey where he is forced to depart because he had failed four out of the five courses that he was required to take. The one course that he did pass was English. Holden had previously been expelled from many prep schools so Pencey was just another on the list. Salinger also shared a very similar life growing up. He had attended various prep schools such as McBurney until he finally graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy (Biographies 2015). Thereafter he moved between many colleges not graduating from any, though when…

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