The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is house to the lead character Holden Caulfield.

There is no coincidence that he holds a striking similarity to the author of the unique himself. Salinger seemed to have a comparable childhood as Holden describes in The Catcher in the Rye. Both males likewise seemed to have a certain fascination with younger children, specifically more youthful women. J.D. Salinger based among his most popular characters, Holden Caulfield, on personal experience.

Holden’s story in The Catcher in the Rye starts with Holden at his school, Pencey Preparatory, which is a boarding school. He was sent there by his parents, who appeared to be withdrawn from his life. Similarly, Salinger’s parents sent him to Valley Forge Military School, where he had a neighbor who always seemed to be intruding, revealing a resemblance to Ackley. The reader finds out that Holden is the son of wealthy parents from New york city. It ends up that J.D. Salinger was likewise born in New york city to upper-class parents. It seems as though Holden Caulfield’s youth is a similar match to that of J.D. Salinger’s.

Salinger had a deep love and fascination with children, especially young women. In the 1970s, Salinger kept a close connection with an eighteen year-old lady, Joyce Maynard, who eventually moved in with the author. J.D. Salinger continued to have numerous relations with more youthful ladies, similar to this one. His fascination with young women is shown in Holden, who has a comparable mind-set. Even as a seventeen year-old, Holden is infatuated with his perception of Jane Gallagher as a little lady. It is this image of innocence that Holden loves, and not what Jane is like now. The principle of, “the catcher in the rye,” itself projects his interest in children. He day-dreams about standing at the edge of the rye field catching any kids that are too near the edge of the cliff. Salinger used Holden to vent his love, and enthusiasm for children.

Holden is practically a similar representation of what J.D. Salinger is truly like. His love for young women is displayed in Holden’s love for Jane, and in the idea of, “the catcher in the rye.” Both show resemblances in their childhoods, from growing up wealthy in New york city, to being sent out away for school. J.D. Salinger used Holden Caulfield to expose his individual life, and perhaps his individual feelings.