Catcher in the Rye Story
“I sense that you’re riding for some type of terrible, dreadful fall …” Not only would Holden have a fall, but one that he is going to have an awful time recovering from. Kicked out of his fourth school the week prior to Christmas vacation, he has nobody to turn to except his little sister who is not extremely accepting of his circumstance. The visitation of his sis, which was the climax, is when Holden realizes he needs that unique interaction with somebody. Wondering from place to location, Holden frequently undermines his own attempts to end his loneliness.
For example, when he tried to get a date with an old friend of his and when she agreed he made it unbearable by his rude and obnoxious habits. Rather of accepting the truth that he has to mature, he makes his own fantasy world where he slams the entire world around him. All he wants is to be crucial to somebody and to be totally free without obligation. In the meantime, the internal dispute is keeping Holden from maturing or having any sort of companionship with others. The distressed teenager is just the item of his own abuse. No matter how hard he attempts, he can not have a great interaction with individuals.
For instance, on the subway trip home he satisfies a stranger who he beings to have a discussion with. The lady he satisfies is a mother of a student he knows. He comprises lies, lies that every mother would want to hear about their son. He ends the discussion by saying he is on his way to get a brain growth got rid of. In addition, he visited a museum where he desires whatever to be easily understandable and eternally fixed, like the statues of Eskimos and Indians in the museum. He is frightened since he feels guilty for the criticisms he made from others, and since he can’t comprehend everything around him however he declines to acknowledge this worry.
He wants he might be like the statues, changeless and not needing to mature. On the other hand, much like him, they are unable to engage with others. In addition, when he got a very long time buddy of his to consent to go on a date and potentially run away with him, Holden did not know how to manage the situation and ended up being extremely impolite and obnoxious. This caused Sally to turn him down. When Holden communicates with the other characters in the story, it is ineffectual due to the fact that he invariably shuts himself far from them.
Holden’s inability to have relationships with others is effecting his mindset increasingly more daily triggering him to drift more far from others and more lonely. J. D. Salinger does an amazing task of relating these events to the theme. Salinger presents the worthless condition of the world through Holden’s experiences over simply a few days. Likewise, Salinger compares Holden wanting to catch those falling off the “edge of some crazy cliff” where as he himself is the one who is making the fall and wants someone to be there to capture him. It is explained that after Holden “falls” he is provided some hope when he goes into the healthcare facility.
What is not made clear however is if Holden will have the ability to have relationships with other individuals, if his demented ideas are going to stick with him, or if he will realize that he needs to grow up and discover to communicate. Something that is symbolically associated is that this is all occurring around Christmas, completion of one year and the beginning of another, which might be leading to some possible wish to a clean slate. Holden has the possibility to start to live a normal life my getting aid. Will he improve, or will he just keep becoming worse up until he totally breaks down?