Essay on The Catcher Of The Rye By F. Salinger

1196 Words Nov 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Pain and loss affect people differently, but it is these emotions that allow people to feel compassion and empathy. Every experience in life, every heartache, every joy, plays a hand in shaping a person. Nowhere else is this more evident than in, J.D. Salinger’s novel, the Catcher in the Rye. In his novel, the main character Holden Caulfield experiences painful loss during a pivotal time in his life, which shapes his personality and his outlook on the world. Holden’s loss turns him into a bitter, sarcastic teen, with a penchant for protecting the innocent. J.D. Salinger’s the Catcher in the Rye utilizes casual diction, pessimistic tone and symbols of innocence to portray the effects of traumatic loss during adolescence.
Holden loses his younger brother, Allie, at the young age of 13. Allie was a bright and outgoing kid, but died suddenly from Leukemia. It is difficult to deal with loss at any age, but to lose a sibling at 13 is incomprehensible. The novel takes place after Allie’s death and throughout the book Holden’s mood is overwhelmingly negative and bitter. He sees all adults and teenages in a unfavorable view, calling them phonies. He said, “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies” (Salinger 13). Throughout the story, Holden’s use of the word phony attaches a pessimistic tone to adults. He criticizes adults so much because he wants to hold onto his childhood, the childhood that included Allie.
Holden’s use of profanity…

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