This fear proves groundless by the end of the book. He does not want himself or any children to fall into the adult world. Contains a helpful section on the body of critical literature on the novel. Although he strives for a sense of normalcy, he knows that he will never attain it.
Holden Caulfield does not react as a Buddhist would, nor does he seek consolation from Buddhism. Conversely, the phony world also spins lies, but they are dangerous since they harm people. 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.
Grunwald, Henry Anatole, ed. The Catcher in the Rye also reflects the art of a maturing author. For those against it, this represents just another negative characterization of adults, and that when coupled with the foul language and suggestive scenes also in the novel, it is inappropriate material to be taught in schools.
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.
To Holden, the change from childhood to adulthood is a kind of death, a death he fears because of his conviction that he will become other than he is. Holden cannot help but confront people as individuals. Eventually, after two meetings with his younger sister, Phoebe, he returns home.
At Pencey, for example, he wants to protect a childhood friend named Jane Gallagher fromWard Stradlater, remembering that she always kept her kings in the back row in checker games and never used them.
Although there is no indication that Holden will become a novelist, there are clues scattered throughout the novel that he has an artistic sensibility. 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.
The controversy surrounding it began almost simultaneously with its publication. Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman, eds.
Throughout the United States, parents have objected to the teaching of the book to their children in the public classroom because of its sexual content, references to drinking, rebellion, profanity, vulgarity, and prostitution.
Although not a Christ figure, Holden does acquire a Christlike position—perfect love of all humankind, good and evil.
Again, this shows his growing compassion and indiscriminate love. For example, Holden mentions that Pencey advertises that it molds youth, but it does not.
As he approaches and is ready to cross the threshold into adulthood, he begins to get nervous and worried. He even expresses that he misses all the people who did wrong to him.
He is gawky, clumsy, and not totally in control of his body. Indeed, the title of the book derives from a dream in which he stands in a rye field next to a cliff. 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.
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.
He is not mature enough to know what to do with this love, but he is mature enough to accept it. Supporters of the book argue that those who call Caulfield a poor role model forget that he does want to become a hero to children.
His story can be seen as a typical growing process. Even if he does not realize it, Holden does many of the things that he tells readers he hates. This understanding sets him above his fellows; he knows what he is doing.
Other charges leveled against teaching the book have included its portrayal of an allegedly immoral figure who is a poor role model for youths, its negative depictions of adults, and its lack of literary value. His sensitivity, his compassion, his powers of observation, and his references to himself as an exhibitionist are several such clues.
Those who defend the book, however, maintain that its multidimensional qualities justify teaching it in literature courses at all educational levels. Bibliography Bloom, Harold, ed. He seeks to spare children the pain of growing up and facing the world of squalor.
His quest fails, but his compassion and the growth of his humanity provide him with better alternatives. A Critical and Personal Portrait.
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. Symbolically, Caulfield is saving these children from becoming adults.Yet even though Holden is right that people are phony, Catcher in the Rye makes it clear that Holden's hatred of phoniness is still self-destructive.
Though Holden is constantly pointing out the phoniness in others, he is himself often phony. ANALYSIS. Catcher in the Rye (). J. D. Salinger () “Our youth today has no moorings, no criterion beyond instinct, no railing to grasp along the steep. Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.
Salinger? Check out our lesson plan full of student activities for themes & conflict, & explore the world with Holden Caulfield. New York: Har-per & Row, Contains two important articles on The Catcher in the Rye. One deals with Holden Caulfield as an heir of Huck Finn; the other is a study of the novel’s language.
Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman, eds. Studies in J. D. Salinger: Reviews, Essays, and Critiques of “The Catcher in the Rye” and Other Fiction. New.
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescents for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.
In the novel A Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger gives insight to the protagonist’s thoughts, experiences, and frustrations in his world.
Holden Caulfield’s instinctive desire to be a savior of the innocents evolves, and many .Download