How Does Holden’s Past Affect Him

The past’s absolute effect on humanity serves as the foundation of both crisis and opportunity. Yet, most typically notice the effects of the past when personal sacrifices are made and loss is involved, thus characterizing themselves as victims of the past. Holden Caulfield, who is the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, portrays himself … Read more

J.D Salinger’s description of Holden Caulfield’s life struggles as depicted in his novel – The catcher in the Rye

In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield demonstrates his life struggles between being a “phony” and a good person. The story begins when Holden is watching the football game from the top of the hill at his high school, Pencey Prep. Just like other schools Holden has attended, … Read more

The Valuable Lessons on the Journey of Maturity in The Catcher in the Rye, a Novel by J. D. Salinger

The Values of Holden’s Journey “Maturity comes from experience, not age” (Ziad K. Abdelnour). The coming of age story, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger takes some of life’s most valuable lessons like overcoming adversities and the journey of maturity and wraps them all up into one novel.. Holden Caulfield endures more than … Read more

The Cold War Context and Social Norms

According to Joseph Cummins, a researcher on teenage rebellion in the 50’s and 60’s, in 1946, 3.4 million babies were born in the U.S, which is more than ever before. This was followed by 3.8 million in 1947. After 1954 4 million babies were born every year until 1964 when the baby boom tapered off. … Read more

‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’: Comparing Depiction of Alienation and Isolation in Novels

The themes of alienation and isolation in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ are highly prominent, as the authors seek to portray the journey of an individual (or indeed group) that exists outside of mainstream society. In both novels we see the story told through the persona of an … Read more

Understanding Holden Through PTSD Symptoms

One Johns Hopkins Study determined that 81% of young adults have been exposed to a traumatic event, while 8% of those exposed have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“Blog”). The symptoms of PTSD can be divided into three groups: intrusive, avoidance, and hyperarousal (“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”). Psychological trauma of exactly this sort often appears after the … Read more

Relationship and Distance Treat in the Novel

Humans are social creatures who build connections with others and thrive as companionship increases; however, relationships are often susceptible to failure. Holden Caulfield, the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, experiences much frustration in his inability and unwillingness to form long-lasting social connections. Most of the people he … Read more

How Does Holden’s Past Affect Him

The past’s absolute effect on humanity serves as the foundation of both crisis and opportunity. Yet, most typically notice the effects of the past when personal sacrifices are made and loss is involved, thus characterizing themselves as victims of the past. Holden Caulfield, who is the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, portrays himself … Read more

The Singing Child On The Curb From Holden’s Point Of View In Salinger’s Novel, ‘The Catcher In The Rye’

The Catcher Catching Happiness The passage about the singing child on the curb on page 115 of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is important because in the described moment, Holden is pleased. He first describes the family walking in front of him, pointing out, “They looked sort of poor.” This shows that … Read more

J.D Salinger’s description of Holden Caulfield’s life struggles as depicted in his novel – The catcher in the Rye

In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield demonstrates his life struggles between being a “phony” and a good person. The story begins when Holden is watching the football game from the top of the hill at his high school, Pencey Prep. Just like other schools Holden has attended, … Read more

Use of Imagery In The Catcher in the Rye

Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye Authors use symbolism in their books to explain to the reader what the character is learning or feeling. Throughout the novel, the reader is presented with many different symbols. These symbols are clearly seen by Holden’s constant repetition of their importance. Like, when Holden kept asking people what … Read more

The Symbolic Layer of Catcher in the Rye

Throughout J.D. Salinger’s most famous work of literature, The Catcher in the Rye, the reader is exposed to several facets of symbolism that help give substance and characterization to the protagonist of the story, young Holden Caulfield. It is through these assorted symbols that Holden transforms from an average teenager to a socially disturbed and … Read more