The Catcher in the Rye

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Phonies In Catcher In The Rye

    In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, it is clear that the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, struggles to deal with a myriad of issues that weigh heavy on his mental health. Salinger utilizes cynical narration to display the difficulty Holden has blending in with a world full of “phonies” as he calls them. As the story progresses Holden’s imagination and fantasies stray further and further away from reality, to the point where he even longs to live in solitude in a cabin in the woods. Holden is also…

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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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  • The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

    his attentiveness toward the rhythms of speech by using italics quite frequently in order to let the reader know when a character is placing emphasis on a word, or even on just a syllable, in dialogue. The emphasis of a single syllable shows a realism to the dialogue of The Catcher in the Rye rarely seen not only in the works of Salinger?s time, but also before and after it. Salinger?s emphasis on the rhythm of speech is mirrored in his emphasis on the rhythm of thought, which, in turn,…

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  • Bildungsroman In Catcher In The Rye

    Adolescence is quite possibly the most awkward moment in one’s life. It is a transition from youth to adulthood, in which a person experiences puberty, gains insight to their true identity, and has to figure out plans for the rest of their life whilst balancing all the crazy mishaps life has to offer. It is a troubling, yet rewarding period of time, and in the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield experiences all of this within a span of five days.…

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