Plot[ edit ] Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old, is living in an unspecified institution in Southern Californianear Hollywoodin Caulfield intends to live with his brother D. As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas.
Each of these characters is metropolitan in outlook and situation and is introverted: Their battles are private wars of spirit, not outward conflicts with society. Frederick L. Gwynn and Joseph L. Blotner, in The Fiction of J.
Salingeroffer 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.
Holden Caulfield does not react as a Buddhist would, nor does he seek consolation from Buddhism. 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.
Holden Caulfield is no better or no worse than any young high school boy; he is merely a bit more articulate and honest in his appraisals, more open with his feelings.
Even though the Glasses are brilliant, they are not cerebral or distanced from the reader because of their brilliance; and all the characters live in the same world and environment as the readers do. Even if he does not realize it, Holden does many of the things that he tells readers he hates.
He is critical enough, however, to realize that these things are wrong. Although the family does not provide the haven that Salinger suggests it might, it is through coming home that the characters flourish, not by running away.
Holden Caulfield, in The Catcher in the Rye, never realistically considers running away, for he realizes that flight cannot help him. At the critical moment his family may not be ready to grant him the salvation that he needs, but it is his only security.
If the world is a place of squalor, perhaps it is only through perfect love within the family unit that an individual can find some kind of salvation. After confrontations with some fellow students at Pencey, Holden goes to New York City, his hometown, to rest before facing his parents.
During the trip he tries to renew some old acquaintances, attempts to woo three out-of-towners, hires a prostitute named Sunny, and copes with recurring headaches.
Eventually, after two meetings with his younger sister, Phoebe, he returns home. At the beginning of the novel he has told us that he is in California recovering from an illness and that he is reconciled with his family.
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.
His story can be seen as a typical growing process. As he approaches and is ready to cross the threshold into adulthood, he begins to get nervous and worried.
His body has grown, but his emotional state has not. He is gawky, clumsy, and not totally in control of his body. He seeks to find some consolation, some help during this difficult time but finds no one.
Antolini, merely lectures him drunkenly. The only people with whom he can communicate are the two young boys at the museum, the girl with the skates at the park, and his younger sister Phoebe: All of them are children, who cannot help him in his growing pains but remind him of a simpler time, one to which he wishes he could return.
Eventually, he does cross the threshold his fainting in the museum and realizes that his worries were unfounded. He has survived. At the end of the book, Holden seems ready to reintegrate himself into society and accept the responsibilities of adulthood. Although he castigates himself for doing some of the phony things, lying especially, Holden does realize that what he is doing is incorrect: This understanding sets him above his fellows; he knows what he is doing.
Holden never hurts anyone in any significant way; his lies are small and harmless. Conversely, the phony world also spins lies, but they are dangerous since they harm people. For example, Holden mentions that Pencey advertises that it molds youth, but it does not.
He is angry with motion pictures because they offer false ideals and hopes. Yet, his lies help a mother think better of her son. Like Huck Finn, he lies to get along, but not to hurt, and also like Huck, he tries to do good.The Catcher in the Rye, novel by J.D.
Salinger published in The novel details two days in the life of year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, Holden searches for truth and rails against the “phoniness” of the adult world. Analysis and discussion of characters in J.
D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, the jaded, brash, and irreverent. Sep 16, · CliffsNotes on Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides) Get to know the unforgettable main character, Holden Caulfield, as he navigates the dangers and risks of growing up.
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