Some even go as far as to classify Catcher as a precursor to the young adult book market. For more on the parts of literary works, see the at the end of this section. A persuasive literary essay immediately establishes its writer as a knowledgeable, authoritative figure. If we've started to hate him because of all the strange, unkind things he's done so far in the book, it's pretty hard not to feel sorry for him at this point. He continues to avoid contact with the media, and has ceased to publish. The Catcher in the Rye is the story of Holden Caulfield a teenage boy who at first seems like a spoiled, miserable rich kid, but we learn is actually still coping with the untimely death of his beloved brother Allie. Holden is a very insecure teenager desperately trying to connect with someone.
In various parts of the story, Holden blatantly addresses his insecurities. Salinger, explores the build up and the tear down of emotional barriers that come after experiencing grief and loss. Spencer also tries to stop Holden from flunking classes and leaving the school. He used to write poems on baseball gloves that Holden keeps with him in the rest of the novel. They spend the day together until Holden makes a rude remark and she leaves crying. Setting creates mood or atmosphere.
As I re-read the first half of the novel, I was disturbed to see that I was perceiving Holden as an annoying, whiny, and repetitive character. The Catcher in the Rye: Innocence Under Pressure. Beware of the two killer words in literary analysis: interesting and important. I just like them, I mean. In the novel, Holden is also constantly preoccupied with death. You ought to go to a boys' school sometime. Soman Chainani and Adam Kissel, October 10, 2008 and ed.
The weight of adult life and impending responsibilities make him suffer from depression and other psychological issues. Glossary of Literary Terms antagonist The entity that acts to frustrate the goals of the protagonist. Antolini, his old English teacher who is quite fond of him. Holden Caulfield is a confused sixteen-year-old, no better and no worse than his peers, except that he is slightly introverted, a little sensitive, and willing to express his feelings openly. Throughout the novel, Holden demonstrated several behaviors typical of a regular teenager. Also, Jesus did not have time to analyze who would be perfect for his disciples; thus, they were not perfect and would have condemned Judas if they had had the chance.
Holden speaks in the vernacular of a teenager of his day the late 1940s. Holden continues to make weird choices, like inviting this girl Sally to see a play only to first ask her to run away with him and then insult her, or making racist and homophobic comments to one of his old school friends. The Glass family may mention Buddhism, but because of their acquaintance with all religions and their high intelligence and hyperkinetic thirst for knowledge, Salinger suggests that they have picked and chosen aspects from various religions and created a composite of them all. Character 10 Sunny Sunny is a young girl and works as a prostitute in the hotel where Maurice is an elevator operator. Jerome David Salinger grew up on Park Avenue in New York.
You can either go subject by subject or point by point. Why is this topic important, and why is your particular position on the topic noteworthy? First, Holden demonstrated ignorance towards the changes occurring in his mind; consequently, he interpreted his thoughts without the realization of abnormality, even going as far as to ramble to Sally about running away and living in the woods. I thought the text had lost its magic. Holden later debates whether or not Mr. However, emulating the love of a parent, he can encourage her to keep her focus on the gold ring through her struggles with corrupt temptation.
This, in fact, is one of the most triumphed theories regarding why people bully others or try to make others feel inferior; in short, people try to make others feel inferior when they feel inferior themselves. In first-person point of view, the narrator involves him or herself in the story. The death of Holden's younger brother Allie played an important role in Holden's actions. He looks quickly and may make rash judgments, but once he talks to or acquaints himself with someone, he sees him or her as an individual. Salinger uses these and more to make us know about Holden then what he actually tell us. In this story, however, Holden expresses greater regret for his expulsion from Pentey, even lamenting that he will never again play games of football on Saturday evenings with his friends from school. His father was a successful Jewish cheese importer, and his mother was Scotch-Irish Catholic.
Some people identify with Holden so strongly that they practically idolize him, some find his antics and attitudes so selfish and immature that they can't stand him and some just want to give him a hug. He frequently refers to people he doesn't like and that's most people as 'phonies. Golding emphasizes this point by giving Piggy a foil in the charismatic Jack, whose magnetic personality allows him to capture and wield power effectively, if not always wisely. She is aware of his behavior, and follies and knows what he is up to. Salinger took a creative writing class that he had excelled in, which got him interested into writing and becoming an author. Ernest Hemingway, for example, is known for writing in very short, straightforward sentences, while James Joyce characteristically wrote in long, incredibly complicated lines. Salinger 1958 , offer an analysis of Salinger that claims he is the first writer in Western fiction to present transcendental mysticism in a satiric mode, or simply to present religious ideas satirically.
He took a fiction writing class in 1939 at Columbia that cemented the dabbling he had done in writing since his early teens. Although characters are mouthpieces of the writers and authors, sometimes they take up a of their own. Throughout the story, Holden demonstrates many actions typical of teenagers. It is quite interesting to see that as Holden mostly lives in the past and thinks about the past events, it is perhaps the impact of Mr. The Catcher in the Rye.
The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J. Salinger in his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Even though he was dead, Allie affected the action, theme and development of Holden. They gave it up before they ever really even got started Salinger 243. Notice that we have an ostensibly straight character who is able to express some degree of attraction towards the same sex, while also demonstrating a fear of the possibility of being gay. Consequences of avoiding adulthood: Mr. By so doing, the author ensures that the reader can easily reference fictional characters and historical figures.