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  • Holden's Catcher
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    Catcher in the Rye Symbolism The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, is a display of characters and incidents portrayed through the eyes of an adolescent. Holden Caulfield, the main character has been revealed in the first person view in a unique narrative of a teenage boy who forms a transition into adulthood. Holden perceives the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no purity and that individuals in the world acquire a trait known as "phony". Throughout the novel, Holden Caulfield...
  • Holden's Thoughts And Personal Feelings
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    People go through depressing periods in their lives as teenagers, and some experience it more severely or for longer periods of time than others. In The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger expresses this time of dejection through the protagonist Holden's thoughts and personal feelings. Holden's tone reinforces a theme of suicide and depression. He is sarcastic, biter, and occasionally upbeat. Holden's skepticism and sarcasm stem from his belief that many people are fake. He believes that many peopl...
  • Childish Side Of Holden
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    The Catcher in the Rye Many times in literature, the setting is particularly significant to the novel in terms of plot, themes, or characters. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, takes place in 1950 New York City. The main character, Holden Caulfield, got expelled from school and goes into the city for a few days before returning home. He spent his time dealing with his feelings about growing up. The setting is significant to this story because it supports the theme of Holden trying to gro...
  • Phoebe Asked Holden
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    The Happy Catcher The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger. This novel is about a boy, named Holden Caulfield, who goes through a very depressing time. In The Catcher in the Rye, there are significant items of the story such as, Jane, Allie's baseball mitt, the carousel, and the title of the novel. Jane Gallagher was significant in the story because she obviously meant a whole lot to Holden. No matter how depressed Holden was feeling, he would always feel better whenever he tho...
  • Holden Believes
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    'Sometimes characters can allow a strong feeling or emotion to dominate their lives. ' ; Holden allows the strong feelings and emotions of death, society, school and innocence to dominate his life. Holden is a very sensitive boy who can not ignore his problems, instead he dwells on them. These feelings and emotions are dominant because Holden believes strongly in them. The strong negative feelings that Holden has for his school and it's community are present because of it's concern for an image....
  • Holden's Expressions Of His Thoughts And Feelings
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    The Catcher In the Rye: First Person Narration is Critical In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, the first person narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden, in his narration, relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration, Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings. He thus provides the reader not only with informati...
  • Holden And Phoebe
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    'Phillips 1 The Personalities and Emotions of Holden Caufield By: Wendy Phillips (Pearl River Community College) In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger tells of Holden Caufield's struggles in life. Holden is a somewhat troubled mind, who has very strong beliefs and thoughts. Holden has many problems going through adolescence. Holden is presented to the readers as being very different in a way that other characters were portrayed during the time period the novel was written. Everyone t...
  • Scene With Mr Spencer Holden
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    The Catcher In The Rye In chapter two, Holden reveals some of his most important traits through his interaction with Mr. Spencer. In this scene, it is the first time you see Holden communicating with someone, but even in the beginning, he is apathetic the lesson Mr. Spencer is trying to teach him. However, although he looks at someone like Mr. Spencer negatively, he justifies his or her imperfections and keeps from disliking someone too strongly. Unfortunately, Holden does the same to himself as...
  • Allies Death And Life
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    What was Holden's problem? Use incidents and examples from the book to support your conclusion. In the book "The Catcher in the Rye", by J.D. Salinger. The main character of the book and narrator was Holden Caulfield, who moves from prep school to prep school. He is sixteen years old and a junior at Pence Prep. Holden is intelligent and sensitive. Holden's problem in this book was that he felt lonely and scared of the adult world. He was also confused about life and the people in it. Holden feel...
  • Holden As A Christ Like Figure
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    Catcher in the Rye By: Matthew J. Previts E-mail: Holden Caulfied: Saint, Snob, or Somewhere In-between? Although J.D. Salinger has only one novel to his credit, that novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is recognized as an exceptional literary work. The key to the success of The Catcher in the Rye is the main character, Holden Caulfield. There are many different critics that view Holden in many different ways. Some believe Holden to be a conceited snob, while others see Holden as a Christ-like figure...
  • Holden Thought
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    Holden Caulfield can be analyzed through his thoughts, actions and circumstances which surround his everyday life. Holden acts like a careless teenager. Holden has been to several prep-schools, all of which he got kicked out of for failing classes. After being kicked out of the latest, Pency Prep, he went off to New York on his own. Holden seems to have a motivation problem which apparently affects his reasoning. The basis of his reasoning comes from his thoughts. Holden thinks the world is full...
  • Feelings Of Isolation Holden
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    Love, Affection, and Adulthood In J.D. Salinger's controversial 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character is Holden Caulfield. When the story begins Holden at age sixteen, due to his poor grades is kicked out of Pencey Prep, a boys's chool in Pennsylvania. This being the third school he has been expelled from, he is in no hurry to face his parents. Holden travels to New York for several days to cope with his disappointments. As James Lundquist explains, "Holden is so full of despair ...
  • Holden's Right Of Passage To Maturity
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    Adolescence is a complicated time in a person's life. Often, an adolescent does not know where they fit in. As an adolescent Holden Caufield is faced with the harshness and pressures of reality in growing up. A feeling of loneliness and alienation is what typical teenager's face on their passage towards maturity. Holden Caufield's psychological battle leads to his destruction amongst his relationships with other people but is really just typical teenage behavior which many feel is a "rite of pas...
  • Holden And Stradlater
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    The novel The Catcher in the Rye is about a young man named Holden Caulfield who is on a subconscious quest to find love. Holden attends a private school named Penny where he feels he does not fit in once again. Holden Caulfield is reliant on physical love, family love as well as friendship in order for him to feel accepted in society. Holden has a subconscious desire for physical love to make him feel a part of society. Holden hired a prostitute to help him get over his feelings of being alone ...
  • Next Day Holden
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    A Catcher In The Rye - Summary The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown, some time in 1950. Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep, and of his subsequent psychological meltdown in New York City. Holden has been expelled from Pencey for academic failure, and after an unpleasant evening with his self-satisfied roommate Stradlater and their pimply next-door neighbor Ackley, he d...
  • Holden's Feelings About Stradlater
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    In J. D Salinger's book The Catcher in The Rye the question "Who was Holden Caulfield's antagonist, was a question that struck me, and was a question that was not really emphasized on in the book. It was unsure of who it actually was until you thought about his relationships with his teachers, friends and peers through out the book. In the dictionary, antagonist is defined as one who contends against another. I believe Holden is his own antagonist. Holden proved through out the book that yes, in...
  • Holden's Sentimental Feelings About Childhood
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    Holden is by far the most complex character in the book. He serves three major purposes in the novel. Firstly, he stands as a critic of society, taking a stance against phoniness, hypocrisy, obscenity, and passiveness. Secondly, he is an adolescent, caught between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. In this position, he demonstrates the need for maturity as well as the need for honesty and integrity. In relationship to the plot of the novel, Holden stands as a sort of anti-hero. He makes no l...
  • Strong Relationship Between Holden And Phoebe
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    The Catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger How mature do you consider Holden to be? The main character of the book, 'The Catcher in the Rye', Holden, is a character full of contrasts. On the one hand he often comes across as an immature young teenager, but also sometimes as someone who is far beyond their years. From first to last Holden is very contradictory in the way he portrays himself and we are left confused as to whether he is indeed the mature character he wants to be or whether he is just ...
  • Holden Faces Sexuality And Relationships
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    J.D. SALINGER In Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, an american teenager, is subject to a terrible identity crisis and an alienation problem. This alienation can be explored through two major points: Holden's loneliness, a direct and concrete manifestation of this alienation and his relationships, both emotional and physical that could help him to break from this shell, but that he rejects, afraid of the change they could bring. Both of those, relationships and loneliness, evol...
  • Holden's Different Episodes Of Crazy Outbursts
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    Do you often feel depressed or isolate yourself from others? If you do, you are like Holden Cau field, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye. In this book, Holden is a teenage boy of about 16, who just got expelled from his school, Penny Prep. The story takes place over the course of three days in Holden's life. In J.D. Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye, it would be a good idea for Holden to be put in a "rest home' because of his depression, crazy outbursts, and because of the way he iso...

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