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  • 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 essay, “Salinger’s Depiction of Trauma in The Catcher in the Rye.” J.D. Salinger served in World War II and his experiences in the military may have heavily influenced his writing, especially The Catcher in the Rye. Yahya and Ruzbeh argue that Salinger’s…

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  • Childhood In Catcher In The Rye

    Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has the same mentality: he does not want to grow up. His bias towards innocence and fear of adulthood leaves him with one purpose in life: to save those from enduring the pain of maturing. Due to a mishearing of Robert Burn’s poem “Comin Thro’ the Rye,” Holden envisions himself as the hero at the end of the cliff, catching innocent kids coming through the rye. He wants to become a catcher in the rye. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Symbols

    if they just flew away.” Title/Author: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger Explanation: The recurring mystery of what happens to the ducks is mentioned…

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  • Commentary On The Catcher In The Rye

    Authorial/ Contextual Notes The Catcher in the Rye’s author, J.D. Salinger, grew up in New York city during the 1920s, and attended surrounding boarding schools in the area. Salinger drew upon his time growing up in New York to develop the characters, plot, and theme of his main novel, The Catcher in the Rye. J.D Salinger reflected upon his time in the Upper West side elite boarding schools, and used his experiences to develop the groundbreaking novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger, similar…

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  • Phony Catcher In The Rye

    Caulfield, the sixteen-year-old narrator in the book The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, is protecting himself from reality and creating a “fantasy realm” for himself to dwell in. He is lost in the thoughts of growing up and having to conform to society, becoming something he hates, a phony. We learn more about the untrustworthy narrator as the story, told from his perspective, is played out in a jaded moreover, rebellious viewpoint of his life after he gets kicked out of school for…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Phoniness

    surrounded by dishonesty and phoniness. “Phoniness” is a constantly repeated word in the novel because it is the word Holden uses to describe the adult world. “Phoniness” for Holden, stands as an embodiment for everything that’s wrong in the world around him. Holden considers himself a representation of the world of childhood, which is to him the opposite of “phoniness”. In J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden learns to accept the loss of innocence in him and in the children in his…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Banned

    The Catcher In The Rye The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger ( who wrote the first six chapters during a war) should be banned from a high school curriculum because it is inappropriate (curse words and sex talk), it is corrupt (promotes prostitution), and some teenagers are not mature enough for books like this. Books are banned because of racial themes, sex and profanity, violence, negativity, witchcraft, and unpopular religious or political view. The Catcher In The Rye should be banned…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Setting

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story about childhood, and of finding one’s self in society. It is the story of Holden Caulfield and his everyday encounters and problems with other people in society. The story depicts a week in the life of Holden, a week full of events and encounters that permanently change his life forever. In the Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger uses the character of Holden Caulfield, conflict, and setting to convey the theme that although the world may seem to be…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Relationships

    Throughout J.D. Salinger’s the Catcher in the Rye, Holden finds himself wandering towards a telephone booth, aching for a person to call. Often, he will pick up the phone, think of someone to call, and then make up an excuse as to why he shouldn’t call, hanging up. The relationship longed for by Holden is at his fingertips; all he has to do is commit to the call. Along with struggling to go through with calls, Holden has very few friends he is able to talk to. He runs into the problem that his…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Argument

    J.D. Salinger’s controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye, was first published in 1951 and was originally published for adults. As popularity grew for the book so did his audience and Salinger’s novel soon became popular with teenagers. The story is a three day narration of events that happen to Holden Caulfield beginning at his boarding school Pencey Prep and ending in a hospital in California. Holden is a troubled youth who struggles to find his place in the world and is having a hard time…

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