Essay on the catcher in the rye

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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 messages that help teens through the hardships of growing up. Holden, the main character, is created to be a normal troubled teenager with confusion of everything around him. The story is a reflection of Holden’s past told by himself in a mental institution. It begins with him failing classes and saying goodbye to Pency Prep. Throughout the story, Holden is nerved with phony and fake people, struggles to find confidence, uses unpleasant vocabulary, and faces a cruel future. “The Catcher in the Rye” paints a realistic view of life, “Holden was, and still is, held up as a cultural icon because he is not the stereotypical teen found in many novels” (Privitera, 203). Although a summary of this story may seem inappropriate to most, it can be pried apart to display deep, important meaning. This novel teaches the reader how hard it can be to cope with the death of a loved one. His brother, Allie, died from leukemia when Holden was thirteen years old. Holden’s anger and confusion in life is because he never got over his little brothers passing; he states, “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage” (Salinger, 39). Teens often get confused and don’t know how to handle life when a curve ball is thrown at them and they usually become destructive and run away from their emotions; instead of facing them. In agreement, Dudley Barlow states, “This is why Holden is so angry, and swears so much, and why he ends up in ‘this crumby place,’ a mental institution…” (Barlow, 58). Holden continues to run away from his feelings throughout life because he was never psychoanalyzed or learned how to ease the hurt. Holden may not always make the right choices, but he shows a sweet sensitivity to children that most teenagers don’t have. He seems to not have a care in the world about his own life, but he expresses a sense of wanting to preserve the youth in the children around him. Holden explains the title of the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” as “… 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…” (Salinger, 173). This is seen as an obvious statement, but holds more meaning than what is read. Holden imagines himself protecting the children from growing up and doesn’t like the feeling of not being able to control or preserve the young innocence that they hold. Even though his own life is unstable, he has a heavy heart, and wants to prevent children from making the mistakes that he did. One of the biggest educational messages in this novel is presented when Holden goes to visit Mr.