The Catcher In The Rye By J. D. Salinger: An Analysis

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Do you ever feel that time moves by too quickly? Life is the natural occurrence as it only moves forward. In the novel. The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield, feels the same way. The novel revolves around the 17-year-old boy reflecting back on his life from a mental institution. He talks about the various struggles of alterations and the phoniness of the adult world. He narrates his story from when he is kicked out of Pencey Prep, a boarding school and he summarizes the people he encounters and the problems situated with him. He leaves to New York city where he struggles with changing into an adult. From the novel, it shows that he does not like change and he wants time to be unchanged and continue to …show more content…
The change is too much stress in his mind to bare and thus he wants to run away and get rid of his problems. When he goes on a date with Sally Hayes, he asks her to run away with him, where he made the spontaneous idea, saying, “Then all of a sudden, I got this idea...How would you like to get the hell out of here.”(Salinger 146) He asks her to run away together and get married, however, his idea is not thought out and thus ends with Sally saying no and Holden insulting her. Holden shows that he wants to get away from change and live in an environment because he does not have to worry. His irrational decisions show that he is struggling with the stress of it. Similarly, Holden makes another reckless decision when he is seen running away from Pencey Prep. Holden is sick of Pencey Prep and its exposure to the adult world, thus disgruntled by the change that he encounters. As well, he runs away to give his parents time to cool down since he is kicked out of Pencey Prep, but Holden’s irrational decision to run away would cause more problems as his parents would get angrier, worsening his scenario. He displays his immaturity, relating to not being able to grow up easily when he cannot think through his ideas fully. Also, a more reckless behavior is shown when he drinks alcohol and smokes as stress relievers for him. Aside from relieving stress, …show more content…
His actions of being trapped in memories, his consistent enviroments that he enjoys, and his reckless behaviors all show to prove this point. Holden’s memories had kept him from moving forward in life, where his memories or ideas cloud his judgement, leading on to his struggles. The readers can see that he does not like the idea of change and avoids it when he talks about the places he feels comfortable with, like his hat or museum. These situations show his control as he feels like time has frozen and his problems would stop. As well, Holden displays reckless behaviors showing how it is hard for him to learn to grow up because he make decisions without thought to runaways from his problems of change or simply just tricking others that he is maturing. In the end, Holden makes a lack of progress of becoming an adult and maturing. He shows that he tries to stick with his past and current events instead of looking onwards towards new idea. The idea with life is that, it is about starting fresh everyday because from there on, events can get better and progress. All in all, life can only go forwards and the future should rewrite the past, which Holden should learn to

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