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  • The Catcher In The Rye

    Holden Caulfield is a young man, slowly losing his innocence through a drawn out, series of unfortunate and almost disturbing events. Holden experiences very similar symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, and shows common reactions of PTSD. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden goes through what appears to be a psychological breakdown over his journey of those few days, which is assisted by the events Holden is going through--similar to a soldier’s,-- Holden’s undermining of his condition, and the ignorance of the commonly reoccurring symptoms. Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD is a condition that is common among soldiers from combat, people with near death experiences, or other disturbing or scaring events. Some of these other events may include natural disaster, terrorist attacks, car accidents, sudden family deaths, rape, assault, abuse or others. “There are three main types of symptoms and they can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time: 1.Re-experiencing the traumatic event. 2. Avoiding reminders of the trauma. 3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal”(Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). In Catcher in the Rye, Holden frequently mentions his depression. He also often explains things from his past, many times, things that are somewhat dark and disturbing. “ ‘Wait a second—take the rest of your dough, too.’ I started giving her the rest of the dough she 'd lent me. ‘You keep it. Keep it for me,’ she said. Then she said right afterward— ‘Please.’ That 's…

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  • Catchers In The Dye Essay: The Catcher In The Rye

    Catcher in the Rye Essay The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D. Salinger tells the journey of narrator Holden Caulfield, who searches for some semblance of belonging in the world he cannot grasp. Through several obstacles and experiences Holden pulls farther away from the “phony” world and descends further into madness. Holden’s journey to his “terrible fall” is seen as inappropriate seeing as Salinger’s work has made it on the banned books list but it is a transformative story with a blatant…

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  • Catcher And The Rye

    conversation; but there’s one thing he couldn’t do right. As of you may have guessed it, he couldn’t pronounce his “m’s” right. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, his mom was probably devastated!” Well my friend you were right. Every night my mom would always try to get Josh to say mom right.”say momma, Joshua Bo Montano.” My mom pleaded. “.....Wwaammma..” Josh said. “No! That’s not how you say it!” My mom cried out. I knew I had to do something. They were gonna put Josh in a speech class. I told…

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  • Dialectical Analysis Of 'The Catcher In The Rye'

    Camille Stone Ms. Freeburg English 11 Honors-6 24 August, 2012 The Catcher in the rye: Chapter 1 Significant passage: “You were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn’t win” (2). Speaker: Holden Caulfield Audience: Reader Significance to the story: This passage shows the extremity of the schools dignity and school spirit. Reading this helps you realize that the school doesn’t tolerate failure and imperfections. You can assume that this could be one of the reasons…

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  • The Importance Of Education In The Catcher In The Rye

    J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy who describes a couple days of his life in extreme detail while being a patient in a mental hospital. Throughout the novel the reader learns about Holden and gets an insight on how he sees life and deals with the problems that he comes across. Holden has a very different approach than most people on the way he thinks and does things. The way that he deals with situations leaves the reader questioning and…

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  • Theme Of Symbolism In Catcher In The Rye

    In the Catcher in the Rye, the author J.D. Salinger uses a variety of symbols to represent the struggles and challenges the main characters and narrator Holden Caulfield faces throughout the novel. Through the use of symbolism, Salinger is able to give additional meaning to the plot beyond what is being described by Holden. Through Holden 's desire to be a catcher in the rye, his goal of protecting the innocence of children is conveyed, but the golden rings on the carousel represents his…

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  • Analysis Of Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

    Throughout the course of the novel, it is apparent that Caulfield is struggling from some type of “internal clash” (Gaynor 88) that causes him to feel the amount of resentment toward society that he does. Many critics argue that Salinger’s depiction of the painful transition through adolescence in The Catcher in the Rye closely resembles his own life journey. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya and Ruzbeh Babaee, two professors at University Putra Malaysia, discuss this connection in their 2014 critical…

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  • The Symbolism Of The Catcher In The Rye

    Growing up poses challenges to most people at some point in their lives. 16-year-old Holden Caufield is no exception. He is an apathetic teenager who’s flunked out of many schools. Underneath the cynical exterior though, Holden is troubled. He has different methods for escaping his problems but in the end they just cause him more problems. J.D Salinger, in his novel The Catcher in the Rye shows that often times when an individual faces problems in their life they will try to find a means to…

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  • Examples Of Fear In Catcher In The Rye

    Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, holden's fear of change is that change is not only everywhere, but can not be stopped . No matter how hard holden tries he will have to change his ways and become an adult. Little do we know it's already happening. Holden doesn't like change. He likes everything around him to stay the same for as long as it can. Holden often say in the novel there are many times his life changes around him. Change happens in everyone's life no…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Book Analysis

    Book Analysis: The Catcher in the Rye The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a tale told by the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. The story is set in the 1950s and adolescent Holden reflects on the events that lead him to end up in a mental hospital. Holden begins the story with how he failed out of his fourth school, Pencey Prep. He recalls some of the experiences at the school and shares about his brother dying of leukemia and how he was an innocent child. Holden then travels to…

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