An analysis of the character of holden caulfield in the novel the catcher in the rye by jd salinger

He decides to see Phoebe at lunchtime to explain his plan and say farewell. An Introduction a Curtis Caulfield is mentioned in passing as "an exceptionally intelligent and likable boy" who appeared on the same radio show as Seymour and the other Glass children.

Firstly, Holden respects Mr Spencer enough to honour the note and to meet him before he leaves. Afterwards, Holden imagines that he has been shot by Maurice, and pictures murdering him with an automatic weapon.

Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye", identifies the movie that the prostitute "Sunny" refers to. His narrative is disjointed, unreliable, and involves lengthy digressions that seemingly jump from one topic to the next with very few rational links.

J. D. Salinger Analysis

There is flow in the seemingly disjointed ideas and episodes; for example, as Holden sits in a chair in his dorm, minor events, such as picking up a book or looking at a table, unfold into discussions about experiences.

His dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is one of the few students also missing the game. 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. Others highlight the dilemma of Holden's state, in between adolescence and adulthood.

His feelings are typically adolescent, feelings shared by virtually everyone who is or ever has been his age. The fact that these two characters are the ones Salinger has chosen for Holden to illustrate in depth is interesting.

He stops making sexual advances when a girl says "No. As a result, the responder can see that Holden does not feel as though he has a place in Pencey Prep and the use of extreme characters, indeed stereotypes, highlights his reason for looking to fit in elsewhere.

Falling off the cliff could be a progression into the adult world that surrounds him and that he strongly criticizes. Holden resents the adult world and resists entry into it, but he has little choice.

Edward Norton’s Analysis of “The Catcher in the Rye”

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.

Later, Phoebe and Holden exchange roles as the "catcher" and the "fallen"; he gives her his hunting hat, the catcher's symbol, and becomes the fallen as Phoebe becomes the catcher. He wants time itself to stop. This is particularly demonstrated through his overly cynical and seeming dislike of Ackley.

Even if he does not realize it, Holden does many of the things that he tells readers he hates. Although Holden is exhausted, he is courteous and considers his advice.

In his confusion, he sees this behavior as a weakness that may even call for psychotherapy. She invites Holden to have a drink with her but Holden seems to want to rid himself of his past. Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date.

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. 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.Holden Caulfield is a fictional character in author J.

D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye. Since the book's publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage rebellion and angst, and now stands among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature.

J. D. Salinger Long Fiction Analysis - Essay. Holden, in The Catcher in the Rye, never realistically considers running away, for he realizes that flight cannot help him.

At the critical moment. Watch video · Actor and producer Edward Norton shares his memories of reading The Catcher of Rye as an adolescent, and his analysis of the character Holden Caulfield and the way author J.D.

Salinger uses. Analysis of A Catcher In the Rye's Holden Caulfield: Enemy of Himself Essay - Jerome David Salinger’s only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is based on the life events shaping main character, Holden Caulfield, into the troubled teen that is telling the story in The Catcher in the Rye J.

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Holden Caulfield, the year-old narrator and protagonist of the novel, speaks to the reader directly from a mental hospital or sanitarium in southern.

ANALYSIS. Catcher in the Rye () J. D. Salinger portrait of a so-called privileged American youth that Mr. Salinger’s novel stands or falls. Like most of Holden Caulfield, the main character who tells his own story, is an extraordinary portrait, but there is too much of him. He describes himself early on and.

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