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  • Holden Caulfield Through The Use Of Character
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    The Thinking Man The Catcher In The Rye Margaret Atwood once described the thinking man as on who resists, believes survival is a necessity, is isolated and alienated, and who is aware of the elements that make one's psyche and physical being disappear. Atwood's "thinking person" is exhibited in Holden Caulfield through the use of character, plot, & symbolism. To begin with, the "thinking person" is portrayed through Holden Caulfield's character. On eof the characteristic's of Atwood's "thinking...
  • Holden's Sweater
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    catcher in the rye: themes By: Rob The Catcher In The Rye In a novel, the theme is the insight of real life. J.D. Salinger's initiation novel, The Catcher In The Rye, describes the adventures of 16-year old Holden Caulfield, the protagonist and first person narrator, who refuses to grow up and enter manhood. The most important theme developed by Salinger is Holden's problem of dealing with change; he has trouble dealing with death, he refuses to accept children's loss of innocence as a necessary...
  • Holden's Innocence
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    It is a fact of life that no one can remain young forever. Some teenagers cannot wait to grow up and get out on their own away from childish rules and parental limitations. For other teenagers the thought of the adult world conjures images of negativity and responsibilities such as going to work everyday, dealing with undesirable people, and being part of a stiff society. However, mediums do exist between these two contrasting worlds. Unfortunately, Holden Caulfield, an adolescent struggling wit...
  • Night Of Allie's Funeral Holden
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    Catcher in the Rye Essay Holden wanted to be the catcher in the rye. Holden wanted to catch children before they fell off the cliff and realized how the world really is, the world is disappointing. He wanted to keep children innocent and pure. There are several quotes and examples to support this in Catcher in the Rye like when the kid was singing in the park of Radio City, the school scene, Allie's death and Holden's rage over Allie's death. Allie's death helps make Holden's decision about want...
  • Example Of A Fall For Holden
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    Jerome David Salinger, born in New York City on January 1, 1919, may not have written many novels in which he is recognized for. Although, he did write one novel, which brought him fame. In many of Salinger's short stories and especially his most well-known novel he writes about how the main character falls from his or her own innocence then rises to face their challenges. In J.D. Salinger's, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes through a fall from his innocence throughout his journey to hi...
  • Means Of Escape For Holden
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    Growing up poses challenges to most people at some point in their lives. 16-year-old Holden Cau field is no exception. He is an apathetic teenager who's flunked out of many schools. Underneath the cynical exterior though, Holden is troubled. He has different methods for escaping his problems but in the end they just cause him more problems. J. D Salinger, in his novel The Catcher in the Rye shows that often times when an individual faces problems in their life they will try to find a means to es...
  • Book About Innocence
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    The Catcher in the Rye is a book by J.D. Salinger and the story of a boy named Holden Caufield. He is no longer innocent, but exposed to the world. Phoebe, Holden's sister, is the opposite she is quite the innocent, never really being exposed to the world outside her protective bubble. Holden wants to protect such precious innocence only found in the children as a guardian of the innocent a catcher in the rye. The Catcher in the Rye is fundamentally a book about innocence. This book shows people...
  • Holden Caulfield And Robert Frost
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    Holden Caulfield, from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye, and Robert Frost, in his poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" have very similar views on certain prospects of life. Frost shows the same perspective as Holden Caulfield. For example, both Caulfield and Frost want beautiful thing to last forever. They both protest the mutability of time. Lastly, they both want to hold on to innocence. In short, you could say that both Holden Caulfield and Robert Frost have a desire to be a "catcher in the rye...
  • Allie's Baseball Mitt
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    Allie's Mitt, Catcher In The Rye. Allie's mitt was a very important symbol in Catcher In The Rye, the mitt had poems written all over it. Allie was Holden's little brother, he got leukemia and died in Maine. Allie's mitt symbolizes the innocence that Holden yearns for, Allie's innocence was preserved in the mitt. Allie died when he was young, he was still innocent. By dying young Allie stayed out of the phony, adult world. In some ways Holden wants to be Allie. Holden wanted to preserve his own ...
  • Society Needs Holden
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    In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with the way they are and everyone would accept the differences of others. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and not everyone accepts who they are. Is there a reason why people cannot be content with their lives or with the differences of other people The answer is yes, and the reason for the discontent is society. With society telling the masses what is, and is not acceptable, it is no wonder that people seem lost, and are desperately...
  • Example Of Holden
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    Maturity The theme of maturity shows that in order to mature, people must except change and lose their innocence. In the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" Holden Caulfield shows many times he does not like change, and neither does he want to accept it. During the story, Holden get depressed thinking of all the changes in the world. Holden tries to ignore the process of maturity, which is his one goal in the story. Holden sees childhood is just a time of innocence, curiosity, and honesty. He sees ch...
  • Scared Holden
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    Holden Caulfield, the narrator and the main character of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a young adult, who, at first seems to simply describes his four day adventure in New York City after bring expelled from his forth school. However, at the same time he narrates more; through his many experiences, which he describes in the book, we can see the themes of the work. The theme that definitely stands out is the loss of innocence. Holden portrays himself as an individual, who does not w...
  • Holden's Innocence
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    In The Catcher in The Rye, by J. D, the main character, Holden, can be seen as a troubled teenager growing up in a less than perfect society. Throughout the novel Holden struggles with the fact that many young and innocent kids will grow up and see the world from a different perspective. He naturally becomes worried for all future generations who will one day grow, as he did, and loose their innocence. The fixation of youth and innocence can be seen in the title of the book, as well as throughou...
  • Holden Calls For Allie
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    Some authors create characters that appear briefly or not at all, but are a significant presence. Even though he was dead, Allie affected the action, theme and development of Holden. The death of Holden's younger brother Allie played an important role in Holden's actions. Holden could not deal with his death and showed it by causing physical harm to himself. He did this to escape the pain he was feeling inside. Holden said that Allie was " terrifically intelligent' and the 'nicest' person. Becau...
  • Gold Ring On The Carousel And Holden
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    Natures first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost exemplifies the loss of innocence. The poem displays how you are pure and innocent when you are a child but as you mature, it is impossible to remain this way. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden will soon realize that nothing gold ...
  • Holden Believes In Innocence
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    John Smith Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, is very complex, mentally and emotionally. The readers of the novel would not be able to understand Holden as much as they do, if it was not for Holdens deceased younger brother Allie. Although Allie is never actually met in the novel, Holdens discussions about him and his conversations with him help us understand Holden better. It may seem strange that a dead character would shed so much light on a living...
  • Catcher In The Rye Innocence Theme
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    There is a time in a person's existence when they loose their innocence. No longer are they sheltered from the harsh outside world, they are a part of it. They are now corrupt. A process that engulfs all and is only stopped by death. These are the thoughts of Holden Caulfield right before he has a mental breakdown. Holden adores innocence and how only the young are subject to it. In Holden's mind there are three people in particular Holden knows who are the epitome of innocence. These people are...
  • Beginning Of The Novel Holden
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    In The Catcher In The Rye Salinger portrays the main character Holden Caulfield as a protector of innocence which is shown through his protection of children, giving up his own innocence to help others, and his disgust of the graffiti on the walls. Holden is a very strong minded individual and is very open about the way he feels about things. Although it does not seem that he is the "protector of innocence" at first, as the story progresses he begins to shed more of his own innocence to affect t...
  • Holden's Avoidance Of Things Phony
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    In the novel Catcher in the Rye bye J.D. Salinger, the protagonist Holden Caulfield views the world as an evil corrupt place where there is no peace. Holden has a phony phobia that restricts him from becoming a fully matured adult. In Holden's attempted journey in becoming a fully matured adult, he encounters many scenarios involving friendship, personal opinions, and his love of children. His journey is an unpleasant and difficult one with many lessons learned along the way; including the reali...
  • Holdens Innocence And Childlike Qualities
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    J.D. Salinger uses Holden Caul fields anti-heroic characteristics to develop the theme of innocence and childhood. Holden is afraid of growing up and would prefer to remain an innocent child. He seems unable to face the responsibilities that come as one gets older. His continued flunking at school shows this. They kicked me out. I wasnt suppose to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself at all. (Page 4). School is normally where youn...

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