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  • The Catcher In The Rye Is A Story Of An Emotionally Disturebed Young Sixteen Year Old Boy Named Holden Caulfield Holden Is Te - 242 words
    The Catcher in the Rye is a story of an emotionally disturebed young sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden is telling this in first person, although the whole thing is all one big flashback. The story is one of a young boy trying to grow up in an Adult world. Holden, being the Idealist that he is, searched to find everything that needs to be changed, but never gives an alternative to the situation or thing. In the four total days that the story cover, Holden ends up getting himself from Pencey to New York where he and his sister meet. While with his sister, he sees the little girl in her, so inocent to the world around herm that he thinks is so depressing. He tries to shelter P ...
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  • Adventures - 1,781 words
    Adventures Of Huck Finn Critics Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain told the truth in great novels and memoirs and short stories and essays, and he became a writer of international renown still translated into 72 languages. He became, through the written and spoken word, America's greatest ambassador and its most perpetually quoted. Samuel L. Clemens was born in 1835 in a town called Florida, Mo., and before he became a famous writer under the pen name Mark Twain, he worked on a riverboat, as a prospector for gold, as a reporter, and at other enterprises( Twain 12). He was not a young man of excellent reputation - a conclusion reached by Jervis Langdon, an Elmira businessman who had been as ...
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  • Analysis Of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge Of Courage, And The Catcher And The Rye - 1,559 words
    Analysis Of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge Of Courage, And The Catcher And The Rye Teenagers everywhere have experienced an emotional bond with the characters Huckleberry Fin, Henry Fleming, and Holden Caulfield while reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Catcher in the Rye. Hucks adventure down the Mississippi, Henrys challenging experience in the Civil War, and Holdens weekend of self examination in New York City present various views of the transition of the adolescent into adulthood. All three characters evolve from nave, innocent children to adult men, sharing their experiences, personal interactions, and emotions thus relating to the readers own ...
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  • Catcher And The Rye - 935 words
    Catcher And The Rye CATCHER IN THE RYE FINAL ESSAY Loneliness Ever felt like there needs to be someone there to talk to, cry with, fight with, or just need a hug from? Those feelings dwell from loneliness, something Holden Caulfield knows all about. Holden Caulfield, J.D. Salingers main character in the book The Catcher In the Rye, is young man on the verge of having a nervous breakdown. One contributor to this breakdown, is the loneliness that Holden experiences. His loneliness is apparent through many ways including: his lack of friends, his longing for his dead brother, and the way he attempts to gain acceptance from others. Holden Caulfield is currently attending Pencey private school; w ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 1,369 words
    Catcher In The Rye The forthcoming of American literature proposes two distinct Realistic novels portraying characters which are tested with a plethora of adventures. In this essay, two great American novels are compared: The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain and The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. The Adventures of Huck Finn is a novel based on the adventures of a boy named Huck Finn, who along with a slave, Jim, make their way along the Mississippi River during the Nineteenth Century. The Catcher In The Rye is a novel about a young man called Holden Caulfield, who travels from Pencey Prep to New York City struggling with his own neurotic problems. These two novels can be compared ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 935 words
    Catcher In The Rye 'The novel has long ignited disapproval, and it was the most frequently banned book in schools between 1966 and 1975. Even before that time, however, the work was a favorite target of sensors. In 1957, Australian Customs seized a shipment of the novels that had been presented as a gift to the government by the U.S. ambassador. The books were later released, but Customs had made its point that the book contained obscene language and actions that were not appropriate behavior for an adolescent. In 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh-grade English class. The teacher was appealed and was reinstated by the school board, but the bo ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 947 words
    Catcher In The Rye The title of the book A Catcher in the Rye is reflected in the mistaken words of a poem by Robert Burns. Holden thought it was "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." That's what he wanted to be. The only older individual in a group of kids in the rye, that he would catch them before they fall off the cliff. Many events caused this belief or illusion that he could stop people falling off and eventually he came to many realisations. Holden Caulfield was (believe it or not) an average teenager in an adult world with many conflicting ideas and thoughts. He was trying to establish his own personality, and was searching for secure values. Yet, he found nearly everyone ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 1,475 words
    Catcher In The Rye Show two ways in which the incident with Maurice and the prostitute demonstrate the theme of mans inhumanity to man (an aspect of the world of experience). One incident (which involves the prostitute) is when Holden didnt want to have sex with her but instead wanted to chat, she responded by saying, "What the heck ya wanna talk about?" This just shows that talking isnt what she is used to doing, even if she is getting paid for it. She is probably used to the lascivious male who is only looking to satisfy his needs. Another incident is when Maurice and Sunny enter Holdens room asking for more money. You can tell that they arent used to manners and doing things in a civilize ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 495 words
    Catcher In The Rye The setting for the Catcher in the Rye was in New York around the 1950s. The novel covered about four days from beginning to end. The setting took place in a mental hospital in California where he flashes back to these four days in New York. This was were his family lived and thats why this was important for the setting. There was one main character in this book and his name was Holden Caulfield. He was very smart and he was always thinking about something. He wanted people not to be phony but this never happened the way he wanted it. He never changed his thinking about people but in the end he did miss them. I liked all the characters except Holden because he always had t ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 1,339 words
    Catcher In The Rye Although J.D. Salinger has only one novel to his credit, that novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is recognized as an exceptional literary work. The key to the success of The Catcher in the Rye is the main character, Holden Caulfield. There are many different critics that view Holden in many different ways. Some believe Holden to be a conceited snob, while others see Holden as a Christ-like figure. It is my opinion, however, that Holden is somewhere in the middle. Holden Caulfield is a character who has a definite code of honor that he attempts to live up to and expects to as abide by as well. Since the death of his brother Allie, Holden has experienced almost a complete sense ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 646 words
    Catcher In The Rye Throughout the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield's actions conveyed his deteriorating mental health. Holden endured a troubled childhood and adolescence. Several years prior to the opening of the novel, Holden's younger brother, Allie, died of leukemia. Since then, various boarding schools, most recently Pency Prep, expelled Holden because of his poor grades and lack of effort. Instead of confronting his parents with the news of his latest failure, Holden left school and spent several days in New York City. During Holden's stay in the city, he exhibited psychological traits not common to a sixteen-year-old, such as a preoccupation with death and ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 390 words
    Catcher In The Rye The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown, some time in 1950. Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep, and of his subsequent psychological meltdown in New York City. Holden has been expelled from Pencey for academic failure, and after an unpleasant evening with his self-satisfied roommate Stradlater and their pimply next-door neighbor Ackley, he decides to leave Pencey for good and spend a few days alone in New York City before returning to his parents' Manhattan apartment. In New York, he succumbs to increasing feelings of loneliness and desperation brou ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 964 words
    Catcher In The Rye In this book, the main character, Holden McField, tells the story about what happened during his Summer vacation. Holden is a sixteen-year-old boy who has flunked out of a private prep school. Because he is afraid that his parents would find out this fact, he goes to a hotel in Las Vegas instead of going home after he leaves school for Summer vacation. In Las Vegas, many things happen to him within a few weeks. For example, he goes to the hotel bar and meets two women after he first arrives there. The women go away soon after he fails to talk with them, and Holden feels lonely and depressed. He goes to another bar to find someone to spend some time with, but he fails to fi ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 1,374 words
    Catcher In The Rye The Catcher in the Rye is about a man named Holden Caulfield, who is narrating the story. Holden is in a psychiatric hospital in California, where at the given moment he was spending his time. He then had a flashback of when he was a young man at the age of sixteen. The story starts off at Pencey Prep, Holden's present school at which he was flunking out of. Holden had only a few more days before his expulsion from Pencey, so he had been paying his final dues to his admired instructors, such as Mr. Spencer, Holdens elderly History teacher. After spending some bothersome hours with Mr. Spencer, Holden returned to his room in Ossenburger Memorial Hall. There he was visited b ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye - 1,043 words
    Catcher In The Rye The Catcher in The Rye Many people find that their dreams are unreachable. Holden Caulfield realizes this in J.D. Salingers The Catcher in the Rye. As Holden tells his story, he recounts the events since leaving the Pencey School to his psychiatrist. At first, Holden sounds like a typical, misguided teenager, rebellious towards his parents, angry with his teachers, and flunking out of school. However, as his story progresses, it becomes clear that Holden is indeed motivated, just not academically. He has a purpose: to protect the young and innocent minds of young children from the horrors of adult society. He hopes to freeze the children in time, as wax figures are frozen ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis Of Holden - 1,987 words
    Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Ever since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Critics have argued the moral issues raised by the book and the context in which it is presented. Some have argued that Salinger's tale of the human condition is fascinating and enlightening, yet incredibly depressing. The psychological battles of the novel's main character, Holden Caulfield, serve as the basis for critical argument. Caulfield's self-destruction over a period of days forces one to contemplate society's attitude toward the human condition. Salinger's portrayal of Holden, which includes incidents of d ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis Of Holden - 2,065 words
    ... tors, both commenting on the problems of their times, and both novels have been recurrently banned or restricted (Davis 318). John Aldrige remarked that both novels are "study in the spiritual picaresque, the joinery that for the young is all one way, from holy innocence to such knowledge as the world offers, from the reality which illusion demands and thinks it sees to the illusion which reality insists, at the point of madness, we settle for" (129). Harvey Breit of The Atlantic Bookshelf wrote of Holden Caulfield: "(He) struck me as an urban, a transplanted Huck Finn. He has a colloquialism as marked as Huck's . . . Like Huck, Holden is neither comical or misanthrope. He is an observer ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Emotions - 877 words
    Catcher In The Rye Emotions The passage of adolescence has long served as the central theme for many novels, but The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, has captured the energy of this period of life by dramatizing Holden Caulfield's somewhat obscene language and emotional reactions. The Catcher in the Rye deals with an intelligent yet confused teenage boy struggling to see the genuineness in society. During his experiences, Holden tends to use easy, natural, but controversial language to help get his point across in an effective manner. As a result, the themes and messages Salinger attempts to get across appear more natural and believable, as if one was talking to Holden himself. Although ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Environment - 1,004 words
    Catcher In The Rye Environment In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with the way they are and everyone would accept the differences of others. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and not everyone accepts who they are . Is there a reason why people cannot be content with their lives or with the differences of other people? The answer is yes, and the reason for the discontent is society. With society telling the masses what is, and is not acceptable, it is no wonder that people seem "lost", and are desperately searching out their place in the sun. This search for identity seems to be the case in JD Salingers novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Through settings in the novel and ...
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  • Catcher In The Rye Environment - 1,003 words
    ... es that "you could see that hat about ten miles away"(Salinger 205), however, Holden is clueless as to exactly how much that hat makes him stand out, even when he sees it on his little sister. He does not understand the brand that society has put on him through that red hat. Societys affect on Holden becomes illustrated through the red hat by way of a brand or mark. The hat is something that Holden bought for himself, yet in the end it became a mark of society on Holden because the peculiarity of the hat separated him from others. The most important symbol in the novel The Catcher in the Rye is most likely the symbol that gives the book its title. Holdens fascination with the Robert Burn ...
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