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    I have no wind, if you want to know the truth. I'm quite a heavy smoker, for one thing—that is, I used to be. They made me cut it out. Another thing, I grew six and a half inches last year. That's also how I practically got t.b. and came out here for all these goddam checkups and stuff. I'm pretty healthy though.”(Hawthorne 1.1). What Holden is referring to is the professionals helping him in the mental institution open up about what happened a year ago when he was 16 and he is now telling his story a year later. This quote doesn’t show his unreliability but rather what were the mental break downs that has brought him into the mental institution in the first place. In this story Holden had many scenes with him being unstable. For example when Holden was explain to us about the time his brother Allie had died he had a mental break down and punched a window. Then what Holden was telling us in chapter 24 when…

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    When Neil finds something that he has interest in he becomes super excited and tells his roommate, Todd. “So, I'm gonna act. Yes, yes! I'm gonna be an actor! Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to try this...my father wouldn't let me. For the first time in my whole life I know what I wanna do and for the first time I'm gonna do it whether my father wants me to or not! Carpe diem!” (Dead Poets Society). After Neil learns about “Carpe Diem,” which means to think about the present and not the…

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    In an article by Jennifer Schuessler called “Get A Life Holden” an argument is made stating that Holden is just a “spoiled brat”. This just proves how misunderstood Holden is, He understands that he's fortunate but he doesn't go around parading his money Holden says, “All the two of them were eating for breakfast was toast and coffee, That depressed me, I hate it if I'm eating bacon and eggs or something and somebody else is only eating toast and coffee” (Salinger 15.17). He feels guilty about…

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    Although most children appear to want to grow up, most do not. In fact most kids are extremely afraid to grow up. This is certainly the case for 16 year old Holden Caulfield. At the beginning of the book The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden finds himself being kicked out of boarding school yet again. Instead of doing the reasonable thing, he decides to run away and roam the streets of New York City all alone. He has some wild adventures along the way. Including but not limited to;…

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    Holden Caulfield Rebellion

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    walk in the park. Regardless of how hard we try, we will always be faced with difficult instances in which we may not always have a solution to. Holden is stressed out by the events that are taking place in his life. This shows how teenagers such as Holden are also preoccupied with stress throughout their lifetime. When Holden hears the song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”, he accidentally hears the wrong lyrics which are if a body catch a body rather than if a body meet a body. This changes his…

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    thinks people are phony. He also, judges people based on their actions, their words, and their knowledge. While there is a football game going on Holden is watching the game from a distance on the top of a hill; he hears everyone down at the football game cheering and yelling for their team, and having a blast (The Catcher in the Rye 3). While everyone else is enjoying the game with their friends, Holden is friendless and watching the game all by himself. Holden tries everything to land some…

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    Holden Caulfield Sexuality

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    “In my mind, I’m probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw” (62). In a sense the reader can infer that Holden is fascinated with the idea of sex, however he claims that sex is something he doesn’t understand. He later stated he was feeling horny and attempted to have intimate relationships with Faith Cavendish, a former burlesque stripper, the blonde from the Lavender Room known as Bernice, and a prostitute by the name of Sunny. When Holden tried to attain a sexual relationship with these…

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    In text it states "I thought it was 'If a body catch a body,'" I said. "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.…

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    I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be.” Through the use of figurative language, Salinger highlights Caulfield seeing himself as protector of the children which is a metaphor of him protecting the children from losing their innocence, this metaphor emphasises Caulfield’s obsession of keeping the younger children ‘pure’ and positions the reader to feel positive of…

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    Banning Catcher In The Rye

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    is a cartoon that illustrates why Holden is a protector of innocence. In the Snapshots Cartoon, three boys are standing on a baseball field in the middle of a rye field. At the edge of the baseball field, Holden is standing with his back turned. He stands as a guard, the border between childhood and adulthood, waiting to save someone from becoming a “phony,” as Holden would say. This cartoon shows that Holden is trying to protect kids from the naughtiness of the adult world, because he simply…

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