Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger

In the novel Catcher in The Rye, Salinger has employed an extremely reasonable representation of teens and how they act. There are plenty of particular on how he effectively conveyed this to the audience and he also spread out these characteristics through-out all of the characters that are utilized within the novel.

To start with, you have Holden; a teenager who is not constantly the brightest bulb in the cabinet, however he has a clear understanding on how the world works and yet he ironically does not have the brains to perform this understanding directly into the world.

Second of all, you have Stradlater; a teen who just spends all his time going out with girls and partying. Some may say he is a ‘party animal’. Lastly, you have Ackley; a mainly grotesque teenager who does not listen to social hints, acts profoundly around individuals actions and his almost obnoxious about everything (not knowing, that is how he is acting though). So, Salinger’s viewpoint (when it comes to qualities of a teen) is that all teenagers are blatantly ignorant whatever, that all teenagers believe they can simply coast their method through life and do not have any regard for individuals around us.

Holden does not truly think about what he is going to state, he just type of spits everything out. Perhaps he is an intelligent kid and all, but how he speaks and what he says proves otherwise. Holden specifies “I practically got T.B. I’m pretty healthy, though.” (J.D Salinger, 5) In this sentence he speaks about generally having a harmful illness and after that attempts to reassure to the reader that he is ‘pretty healthy’, I personally think that in a rational statement he would have stated something on the lines of “I practically got T.B. [I must get that took a look at]” (J.D Salinger, 5)

While Holden is having a conversation with Mr. Spencer he even acknowledges his own stupidity to himself/the reader through the concept of immaturity. “I was sixteen then, and I’m seventeen now, and sometimes I imitate I have to do with thirteen.” (Salinger, 9) It is sort of ironic if you think about it, he does not want to be known as dumb or silly or an idiot, yet he has the periodic time when he acts like a thirteen year old. Holden, he understands where his faults are, however he can not come to a conclusion on how to really fix them he just carries on with his day as if it does not matter.

Holden’s roomie Stradlater thoroughly delights in going out on Friday night, Saturday night, well every night. To do so, he needs to find ways to be able to still do well in school while 0slacking off and shrugging all his work aside and his option; anyone he can discover. At one point Stradlater and Holden (since they are roommates) satisfy up in their room and Stradlater asks Holden is he can do a big favour for him and if he was planning on heading out. Holden responds asking what the favour is and that he did not have strategies of any sorts. Afterwards Stradlater asks ‘the big question’, “I got about a hundred pages to check out for history … How ’bout writing a composition for me …?” (Salinger, 28)

In this circumstances he had actually just initiated a crucial opening for Holden to be a friend or to just blow him off, and Holden accepts the offer and states he will do the paper for him. Stradlater had simply prevented doing his work for one reason; he wanted to go out that night with a girl.

Stradlater is likewise a man who understands how to be flattering enough that he can convince individuals to do things for him, you could look at it as he has it better than everyone else because he is ‘prettier’ than other individuals. He compliments Holden’s brand-new hat with the term “sharp” and then almost instantly afterwards asks “Listen. Are ya gon na write that structure for me? I need to know.” (Salinger, 29) Why did he require to know you might ask? Well, if Holden has explicitly said “no.” to him then Stradlater would have stayed in that night to do it, although Holden says “If I get the time, I will …” (Salinger, 29) Stradlater, utilizing Holden like a boat in the river of life, just expects Holden to float on his way through life, bring Stradlater along while he is having a celebration in the boat.

Finally, there is Ackley. Now, Ackley has a knack for hanging out in the wrong place for too long. In chapter three, Holden is setting in his space checking out a book and taking pleasure in the sensation of his brand-new hat on the top of his head when, let it be hold that his neighbour Ackley comes walking over into his space without any real intent on why he exists.

Ackley moves friskily around the room, touching whatever he can several times while trying to hold a conversation with Holden (who clearly does not desire one). “I have actually read this exact same sentence about twenty times since you came in.” (Salinger, 20) After specifying that Ackley was a disruption to him, he still did not get the hint and clearly not detecting the hint to get out of Holden’s room. Later while Ackley is still occupying the space, Holden says to his self “I often horse around to keep myself from getting tired.” (Salinger, 21) As soon as Holden starts to irritate Ackley, trying to make him leave the space he STILL does not leave. So, clearly Ackley has an issue with following what individuals are attempting to put out to him because he is just plain oblivious about other individuals and quite frankly himself if you were to have a look at how he manages his external image.

In conclusion, J.D Salinger has made the novel Catcher in The Rye a story that really shows how teenagers act/acted. Salinger likewise adds his own input on how he thinks teens act and/or acted in our time period and the time period at which this novel was composed and/or published in through the characters he had actually created. 3 of the main characters; Holden, Stradlater and Ackley are all incredibly various which expresses a variety of teenager quality.

Holden signifies blatant lack of knowledge for the world around him, Stradlater reveals us how un-caring and un-motivated teenagers are when it concerns dealing with anything and finally, Ackley describes the lack of respect that we as teens have for the people around us. Salinger has actually made it quite clear that he believes that teens need to alter and utilized this unique to get his point across the world.