Essay on The Catcher And The Rye

1808 Words Jul 4th, 2016 8 Pages
When deciding what genre of novel to write, it can be difficult for a writer to choose since there are so many to choose from. Even if a writer often chooses to write novels of mostly one type of genre, it can be nice to mix things up. In the beginning of The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist’s brother has died and the protagonist is in a period of awkwardness. Then, throughout the book the protagonist encounters many situations where his way of thinking is challenged. By the ending of the book, he obtains his maturity and discovers his identity. From these characteristics, it is apparent that the Catcher in the Rye is a bildungsroman, a type of book in which the protagonist stops being an adolescent and matures.
A bildungsroman starts with an emotional loss followed by a period of awkwardness which culminates in a ‘setting forth’ on a journey alone by the protagonist. All of these steps are presented in the beginning of “Catcher and the Rye”. The loss that the protagonist, Holden, starts the book with is the death of his brother, Allie. This is apparent because when Holden talks about how he reacted to Allie’s death he avoids how he feels emotionally and only writes about what he did; for example Holden writes, “My hand still hurts me once in a while…but outside of that I don’t care to much. I mean I’m not going to be a goddam surgeon or a violinist or anything anyway” (Salinger 39). In the quote Holden insists, “that he doesn’t care too much,”…

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