Catcher in the Rye– Holden is indeed motivated, just not academically
Initially, Holden seems like a common, misdirected teen, rebellious towards his parents, upset with his instructors, and failing out of school. However, as his story progresses, it ends up being clear that Holden is undoubtedly motivated, simply not academically. He has a function: to protect the young and innocent minds of young children from the horrors of adult society. He intends to freeze the kids in time, as wax figures are frozen in a museum. Preventing the procedure of growing up is his enthusiasm, it’s what he thinks is very important. After engaging with Phoebe, his younger sister, Holden understands that this goal is rather unattainable.
Holden wishes to be the catcher in the rye,’ and then recognizes it is an unreachable ideal. Holden begins his story misguided and without direction. After failing out of the Pencey School, Holden decides to leave early. Before he leaves, however, he visits his instructor, Mr. Spencer. Mr. Spencer and Holden discuss his direction in life: “Do you feel absolutely no issue for your future, boy” Spencer asked Holden. “Oh, I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure, I do. I thought of it for a minute. But not too much, I guess,” (14 ). After leaving Pencey, he looks into a hotel where he welcomes a woman of the street up to his room.
He gets cold feet and chooses not to make love with her. Instead Holden later on chooses to take his old sweetheart, Sally Hayes, to the theater. After taking her to the theater, Holden formulates an insane plan which entails running away with Sally, getting married and growing old together. Sally believes that he is crazy, and she chooses to go house. Throughout his stay away from home, Holden drinks and smokes, showing even more misdirection. However, when Holden returns home and talk with his sis, Phoebe, his direction becomes clear. Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye’ to secure children from the world in which he is required to live.
While talking with Phoebe, she asks Holden what he wish to be. He responds stating: “Anyhow, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this huge field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around– no one big, I mean– other than me. And I’m basing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they begin to review the cliff– I indicate if they’re running and they do not look where they’re going I need to come out from someplace and catch them. That’s all I ‘d do all the time. I ‘d simply be the catcher in the rye and all.” (173 )
Holden wishes to safeguard the innocence of his sis and every other innocent kid on the planet. Prior to Holden fulfills Sally for their date, he stops in front of the Museum of Natural History and starts to reminisce. He thinks about the method he went to the museum when he was younger. He likewise tells that every time one visits the museum, he is altered in some method, however the figures in the shows constantly remain the exact same. He wants to be able to protect some things in the glass: “Certain things they ought to stay the way they are. You should have the ability to stick them in one of those huge glass cases and just leave them alone,” (122 ).
Holden wants the innocence of kids to be frozen behind that glass. When he visits Phoebe’s school to provide her a note, Holden notifications 2 instances of graffiti on the walls. He succeeds in rubbing one of them off and can not rub off the other. It depresses Holden to believe that someday this type of graffiti will spoil his sibling Phoebe and all of her companions. Up to this point, keeping children from his issue is Holden’s sole motive. He quickly realizes that this is difficult. Holden sees that becoming the catcher in the rye’ is an unattainable perfect.
When he satisfies Phoebe throughout her lunch break at school, he has made up his mind to leave and hitchhike out west. Phoebe understands this and asks if she can occur. This overwhelms Holden, and he decides not to leave. Rather, he decides to take her to the zoo and to the carousel. Phoebe gets on the carousel and finds her preferred horse. When the carousel begins Holden notices Phoebe attempting to get for the golden ring. He understands this threatens however must let Phoebe do it: “All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she ‘d fall off the goddam horse, however I didn’t say anything or do anything.
The thing with kids is if they want to get for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, however it’s bad if you state anything to them,” (211 ). He comprehends that in some cases kids need to find out things the tough way. As he sees Phoebe riding the carousel he begins to weep. He sees perfection in that moment, and he knows that she will soon change as the world influences her. Holden finally realizes that he will not be able to protect his sister or anybody from falling into the adult world. Holden transforms from a dreamy idealist into a down-to-earth existentialist.
When he comprehends that his dream is far from possible, he has to begin over. Throughout his story he speaks about individuals being phonies, which suggests that he has some ideal to which he compares people. This book has reached a lot praise for the consistent dispute in the unique, is Holden simply crazy with bouts of anxiety and erratic behavior or is society the one with the problem disregarding the fact that maybe what Holden is going through is just part of maturing. Might it be society with the problem of trying to ignore the apparent in the human condition
He informs his psychiatrist that he does not know what will happen in the future: “A great deal of individuals, particularly this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I’m going to use myself when I go back to school next September. It’s such a stupid question, in my viewpoint. I suggest how do you understand what you’re going to do till you do it” (213 ). Holden now understands that he needs to live life by the minute and not with ignorant suitables about society. Holden sees hopelessness in the human condition but understands all of the “counterfeit” people in his life he really does love and appreciate.
Holden ends the novel with a mindset along the lines of if you can’t beat them, join them. Lots of critics and readers have said that this novel, the only unique released by Salinger, is somewhat of a semi-autobiography of the author’s life. Like Holden, Salinger was tossed out of a variety of schools maturing and constantly appeared to be somewhat confused about the function behind life and how society wanted you to live it. Salinger became un-wontedly popular after the publication of this book and a number of other narratives collections. He ended up being a recluse and composed a variety of novels however never published them.