Isolated Existence Throughout the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D.Salinger’s message portrayed is without the love and support of friends and family, we would all feel isolated. Holden is constantly feeling alienated because he doesn't put forth the effort to be friends with people, such as “the Saturday of the football game. […] I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. […] You could see the whole field from there (Salinger 2). Holden shows no effort in walking down to the student section to socialize with all the other kids, he finds it hard to connect with others. Holden repeatedly expresses his loneliness to us, hoping someone can come into his life and be strong for him. He “got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead” (48). This is the first time we see Holden admitting to his depression, but still no one makes any effort to help him through his, leaving him to feel nothing but isolation from the world. As Holden makes his way back home, he is desperate to find someone to hangout with, he asks the cab driver, "take me to the Edmont then," I said. "Would you care to stop on the way and join me for a cocktail? On me, I'm loaded." (60). Holden feels as though he is making an effort to meet people, but now no one is returning the favor. Having very few people you can turn to in the world is hard on Holden, and Salinger depicts this message…
Emma Lange 9/16/14
Essay: Catcher and the Rye
Profane, sexual, and vulgar content are often cited as reasons for banning a book. J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most controversial books of all time. It is heralded as a classic yet, according to the American Library Association, the Catcher in the Rye was the third most banned book from libraries and schools as recently as 2005. It earned the ranking of nineteenth most challenged books between the years…
Freeland – Block 8
Understanding and Uncertainty
Knowledge is best obtained through experience. This is shown in J.D. Salinger’s
in the Rye
, a young adult novel about a boy named Holden Caulfield in New York, who is
surrounded by social and academic pressures and wants to be different from everyone else.
Through analyzing Holden’s encounters and mindset, it is revealed that the book supports the
argument that Holden or any other teenager has conflicts with society and struggle to grow up…
The Catcher in the Rye
In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger represents childhood as a stressful turn table of mixed emotions. The intense moments of Holden’s life (like in chapter one at the football game, where Holden feels excluded from his entire school as he glares down at everyone in the stadium) are amazing representations of childhood at a glance. Most teenagers go through hell during high school, and Holden Caulfield is a prime example of that. This book was interesting because of Salinger’s…
Catcher In The Rye
Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, reveals the hardships that teenagers endure as they mature and enter adulthood. Holden Caulfield, the narrator, tells the story of his hardships. Any teenager’s mind can lose focus, especially in Holden’s case. Holden has many issues that lead to the root of his problems. Holden has been kicked out of several schools and endures many more issues. He suffers from the loss of a loved one, financial issues, and parental neglect. These…
a. How does the context created in the first 20 pages of the novel create how the ending occurs for the reader?
In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger published in the year 1951, the context created at the beginning of the novel is that the character Holden Caulfield occurs to believe that the world is full of stupid people – who cause his relationships to be unsatisfying and unfulfilling. At the end of the novel, Holden is seen to find the satisfying and fulfilling relationship he had…
The Catcher in the Rye
“The Catcher in the Rye,” a novel by J.D. Salinger introduces love, loneliness, loss of innocence, and the struggles of becoming an adult through a teenage eye. Holden is a very unpredictable character that looks at life with more detail than most. He shows sensitivity with sly symbols throughout the novel and proves his innocent misfit in the world. These symbols teach small and big lessons of life. “The Catcher in the Rye” should not be censored because of its beneficial…
Advanced U.S. Literature B
26 January 2015
In The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Sallinger, a young Holden Caufield is refusing to grow up. There are many symbols of his youth throughout the book, such as his curiosity about ducks.
"I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got…
20 July 2013
Catcher in the Rye Interpretive Analysis
Why does Holden so passionately despise “phonies”? Is Holden himself a “phony”?
Holden Caulfield absolutely hates phonies, but shows signs of being one himself,
suggesting he may be a hypocrite. He dislikes phonies because he believes that they are fake and
hypocritical; corrupted by the ways of the world. His idea of a phony is someone who lies for
money or attention. Holden wants a pure, clean society where no one is corrupted by greed…
Daniel A. Edery
Catcher in the Rye/Swing Kids
In life, while trying to overcome obstacles there are two options: either it is
overcome, or not. But there are many reasons behind whether one fails or succeeds.
Holden Caulfield was “troubled”, and had many obstacles to overcome, most of which
were his fault in the first place. He was failing out of school and was therefore getting kicked out. Also, he had this idea that everybody was a “phony”. Because of this notion he…