Catcher In The Rye 5


"I keep picturing all these kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's big but me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff -What do I have to do, I have to catch them. I mean their running, and they don't look where their going, so I must come out of somewhere and catch them."(Salinger,173)
J.D. Salinger, in his timeless classic, The Catcher in the Rye, a novel depicting the complications of life as an adolescent, uses reality verses allusion, phoniness in society, and the loss of innocence as themes in his novel, to present the true inner character of Holden Caufield. Beginning to learn the truths of society and growing up, ...

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wishes to accomplish an futile task, save children from growing up, and protect them from the corruption of adulthood. The following presents an example of Holden's inability to grasp the differences between reality and allusion. "Somebody written 'Fuck You' on the wall. It drove me damn dear crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids would see it, and then how they'd wonder what the hell it mean, and finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed, so I rubbed it out."(Salinger,201) Presented here, an another example on how Holden once again attempts to accomplish the impossible, save children from the words and instances that they are going to transpire no matter how hard someone desires to hide it. Holden allows himself to live in a state of unrealistic thoughts, with the idea that change will forever be deleterious. Yet Holden seems frightened to admit to himself that change and development are a necessary part of reality. The only way one would be able to avoid ...

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in nature. Yet he himself acts phony, attempting to portray himself as someone else, someone better, and older, at points. Such an example would be when he speaks with Ernie Morrow's mother. In this instance, he characterizes himself as someone he hates. Another depiction of phoniness would be Stradlater, Holden's roommate at Pencey. Stradlater presents the perfect phony attitude that Holden has such distaste towards. His main worry seems to be that he must illustrate himself as the perfect jock; built, clean-cut, and gorgeous, and that bothered Holden to no end, because Stradlater never presented his true character, he constituted the word fake. Movie actors are yet another example ...

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