He went on to enroll in several colleges, including New York University and Columbia, though he never graduated. Holden himself entertains thoughts of a similar suicide. He also mentions that he is troubled by the fact that he has changed every time he returns to them. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. When parents have more money and can afford to send their children away from school or hire to have someone else raise them, the child my feel neglected. When the story begins, it starts while Holden is still at Pencey.
At the same time, Holden takes few steps to mitigate his loneliness. Salinger's only novel is no different. He calls his former English teacher, Mr. The title is most likely the single most important word choice that the author must make. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. It's no coincidence that the hat is the same color as Phoebe and Allie's hair. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera.
Holden sees childhood as kids playing peacefully in a field of rye and adulthood as the kids falling off the cliff and dying. Holden represents the attempt to shelter kids from growing up, and more personally, represents his desire to avoid the harshness of adult life. Holden looks for the flaws in everyone and tries to eliminate that person he sees as a threat, such as when Holden decides to face off against the phony Stradlater after Stradlater's date with Jane. Luce, who likes to pose as a sophisticate, lacks the maturity or good sense to tell Holden that these feelings are admirable. Near the end of the novel, Holden gives the hat to Phoebe, the only person who has been able to penetrate his loneliness. Holden mistakes the words in the song, much in the same way he mistakes the cause of his torment--it comes from himself, not from others.
The Ducks in Central Park: Holden wonders where the ducks go in the winter when the pond in Central Park freezes over. Even if that's true, it's difficult to trace any particular author's influence in Catcher because it's written in such a fresh and unique voice with a degree of candor and brashness perhaps unprecedented in American fiction. Spencer stand out as examples. When the entire world around him appears phony, where can he go to grasp hold of some reality, some stable truth? He can be a highly insightful narrator, and he is very aware of superficial behavior in those around him. When he finally does fall in love with , he soon discovers that Stradlater has a date with her, which confirms his suspicion that everything he loves eventually deteriorates. As his thoughts about the Museum of Natural History demonstrate, Holden fears change and is overwhelmed by complexity. Whenever someone does end up showing him even a hint of such love such as , Holden ends up being disappointed.
Sally refuses, and Holden gets angry and curses at her. He rubs it out with his hand so the kids at the school won't be exposed to it and wonder what it means. In spite of the fact that he wants to connect to someone and is obviously interested in sex, Holden feels awkward and confused in her presence. Salinger, was born in New York and was a recluse from the army. Most of the novel describes his almost manic quest for companionship as he flits from one meaningless encounter to another. Holden is being expelled for poor academic performance, but Stradlater wants to cheat by having Holden do his English theme for him since Holden does write well. It represents Holden's inability to prevent the loss of innocence in others.
He impossibly tries to avoid pains that are inevitable for human mortals while they live. To a great degree he is numb to the pains and joys of life. It represents Holden's inability to prevent the loss of innocence in others. When he looks at her, he cannot help but feel the same tortured love that he felt for Allie. Through his lying and deception, Holden proves that he is just as guilty of phoniness as the people he criticizes. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The one time in the book he seemed truly happy was at the end when he finally decided that you have to let kids fall.
He repeatedly mentions how important it is not to get attached to anyone, since this will lead to missing them once they are gone. This situation ends in him being punched in the stomach. As readers, we can see that Holden's alienation is the cause of most of his pain. It is part of life and part of growing up. Salinger uses minor characters in the Catcher in the Rye to tell the readers about Holden and his views about the world. Allie had died several years earlier and his death made a lasting impression on Holden. He mentions the hat every time he wears it, symbolic of his desire to mention how independent he is.
Draw on evidence from resources used in class, class discussion, and reading the novel, and write an essay identifying and explaining at least three reasons why this book is relevant to teenagers and should be read in high school classrooms. The Ducks in Central Park: Holden wonders where the ducks go in the winter when the pond in Central Park freezes over. The book was an instant success on publication, and still today, over sixty years later, the novel still sells around 250,000 copies each year. Allie had died several years earlier and his death made a lasting impression on Holden. He is looking for any sort of answer he can get. Allie covered the glove with poems written in green ink so that he would have something to read when things got boring in the baseball field. His random and repeated lying highlights his own self-deception—he refuses to acknowledge his own shortcomings and is unwilling to consider how his behavior affects those around him.
He decides there's no reason to wait for the term to end and instead goes to New York City for a few days, planning to hide out there in a hotel before going home to face his parents. Throughout the novel, Holden reminisces about his younger brother, Allie, who has passed away. He never sees in her a maturing woman and a growing girl. Catcher in the Rye by J. Legacy After publishing The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger became a recluse.
He thinks about what his mother did to get the stakes, and how she bought him the wrong kind. For example, when a religious speech is given to the school by a wealthy undertaker, he reacts scornfully. What makes The Catcher in the Rye unique, however, is not the fact that Holden is an alienated teenager, but its extremely accurate and nuanced portrayal of the causes, benefits, and costs of his isolation. Understanding the words Holden uses will give you a greater understanding of the prose. D Salinger is a very known american writer whose literature became very popular. The novel details two days in the life of 16-year-old after he has been expelled from prep school.