“The Catcher in the Rye” Review

People rebel for a cause. In the book “The Catcher in the Rye”, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield is residing in a school called Pencey Preparation. Holden is stopping working all of his classes except English, and he often curses and smokes cigarettes in his dormitory. Among Holden’s primary issues in life is the death of his brother Allie. Allie, who passed away of leukemia 3 years prior to the events of the book, was the only person who deeply understood Holden. When Allie died, Holden broke all of the windows in his garage while breaking his own hand. Holden even mentions that he attempted to break his family’s station wagon, but his hand was broken. This event reveals that Holden actually cared about Allie and that his death had a substantial influence on his life. The death of Allie developed a fear for Holden, Holden became scared of change. Holden himself mentioned that Allie was very mature for his age and extremely clever in the quote “He was two years more youthful than I was, however he had to do with fifty times as smart.” (p. 21). The way Holden sees modification is the more you grow, the closer to death you discover yourself. In the poem “Novel” by Arthur Rimbaud, the narrator talks about drinking and walking. The storyteller is having a good time and is in tune with the environment. A quote that supports this is “At times the air is so aromatic that we close our eyes,” Other lines in the stanza likewise support this concept. In the next area, the narrator talks about his/her surroundings and how he feels. He is disrupted by an abrupt kiss and starts to shiver like a small pest. In the next section, the storyteller starts to speak with himself in his mind.

The narrator utilizes the word ‘you’ not to the reader, but to himself to consider the things he is seeing, for example the attractive woman. The storyteller was most likely kissed by the appealing woman and now he is thinking to himself. She is probably not expected to see the storyteller since of her dad. The line “Under the shadow of her father’s awful collar …” shows this idea. The storyteller is hesitant when kissing her which is shown by the line “And as she discovers you extremely naïve,” The narrator is probably afraid of what will occur next if he continues with the woman. He is most likely scared that something would happen in between him and her dad, so he becomes scared of the change about to take place. “The Catcher in the Rye” and “Unique” shares a very similar characteristic. Holden hesitates of change since his sibling Allie passed away and he thinks that maturing will cause death and eventually absolutely nothing great will come out of it. The narrator in “Unique” is also afraid of change due to the fact that he is reluctant when he is kissing the girl. The narrator also drinks beer and havings fun walking saying that he isn’t major due to the fact that he’s 17. Both Holden and the storyteller hesitate of modification and coming of age.

Individuals who typically have problem accepting change often have trouble accepting other people. In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden towers above many people, sometimes even when he does not know them. He describes these people as ‘phonies’. The relationship in between Holden and Jane was simply friendly, in Jane’s point of view. Holden had a more than likely secret crush on her, but didn’t have the guts to inform her. Even when Stradlater was dating her, he thought about calling her up however he didn’t in the end due to the fact that Holden does not have the guts to confess his true sensations to her, much less to talk to her. Holden makes up a reason about not remaining in the mood, simply to have a reason not to call her up. The quote that proves this concept is “The only reason I didn’t do it was due to the fact that I wasn’t in the state of mind.” (p. 34). By calling Jane up, Holden believed that things would change and so would his relationship with Jane, especially after the fight with Stradlater. He was possibly afraid that Stradlater informed Jane about the fight and that he was either too ashamed to talk with her or Stradlater told a tall story and made Holden look like the bad man. In “Unique” by Arthur Rimbaud, the storyteller starts to be reluctant when kissing the girl. She’s attractive and she’s kissing him however the narrator hesitates. The factor he hesitates is because of change. If he goes through and kisses the girl, things may happen and the girl’s father may catch them. The girl’s dad is most likely protective of her. The line that suggests this is “Under the shadow of her father’s awful collar …” The dad is probably the type that doesn’t desire kids to come near his child. The storyteller’s lifestyle seems to be delighted and frivolous, specifically because he discusses that seventeen years of age do not take things seriously and he discusses beer, which probably suggests he likes to hang out and celebration. The two lines that support this idea are “We aren’t major when we’re seventeen” and “… to hell with beer and lemonade,” In both works, both Holden and the narrator have a relationship with the opposite sex. They’re both in love with the other person, or a minimum of discover them attractive, however they hesitate of what will occur next. In the end, both the storyteller and Holden hesitate of change, their actions may alter the relationships in between the women (in Holden’s case) or their actions might put an end to a free roaming way of life where you can do anything you desire and not enter into a long term dedication (in the storyteller’s case).

Often people wish to do something in a manner they want they wish to do it. In “The Catcher in the Rye”, Holden discusses sex numerous times. He even calls himself a sex maniac and recalls numerous times when he practically had sexual intercourse with a girl, however stopped working. For example, he ranted about how on double dates, when the two couples remain in the cars and truck, the girl in the front constantly aims to the back to see what’s going on. Holden sees this as the reason that he hasn’t lost his virginity yet. Sometime later, Holden chooses to hire a prostitute. After she pulls her dress over her head, Holden starts to feel peculiar and chickens out. He chooses to just talk to Bright due to the fact that he is too worried to make love with her, with it being an unexpected minute and all. The quote that proves this is “I definitely felt strange when she did that. I imply she did it so unexpected and all. I know you’re supposed to feel pretty hot when someone gets up and pulls their gown over their head, however I didn’t. Hot had to do with the last thing I was feeling.” (p. 51).

In “Unique”, the storyteller certainly worships the woman. The lines that prove this are “While clicking her little boots,” and “She turns abruptly, and in a dynamic way …” The storyteller notices every motion the lady makes, he loves her and worships her because she is appealing. The narrator says that he isn’t serious at seventeen, however he remains in love and he thinks twice after he kisses her. Both Holden and the narrator hesitate of modification. Holden employs a prostitute with the objective of lastly losing his virginity, something that he constantly talks about and wants. Proof of this would be when Holden calls himself a sex maniac and when he goes to a bar with Carl Luce, where he can not stop discussing sex. However after sunny takes off her dress, Holden once again does not have the guts to go through with it and he thinks twice. Possibly he saw Sunny as special, but more than likely Holden was afraid that if he loses his virginity, he’ll be one action closer towards maturing, and thus becoming a male.

The storyteller is likewise afraid due to the fact that if he continues kissing the lady, he will mature and be entered in a long term dedication with her. Viewing as he’s seventeen and his reasoning that seventeen year olds don’t take things seriously, the storyteller does not want to enter into a long term commitment since he wishes to do whatever he wants and not come of age when he needs to become major and stop hanging out and drinking beer, but he enjoys the girl and worships her, so Holden and the narrator remain in a circumstance where they desire something, however in order to get it they need to do something they don’t wish to do. Both Holden and the narrator are afraid that if they continue their actions with their ladies, they will take an action better towards adulthood and therefore, modification.

In “The Catcher in the Rye”, Holden begins getting a grasp at change. When he goes home and talks to Phoebe, he tells her about this fantasy he’s been having. Holden, wearing his red searching hat remained in a field of rye, where kids were playing a video game. Holden would run over and catch them before they reached the cliff and fell off. The cliff can be a sign for maturing, or the adult years which is what Holden as versus. When the children are playing the game, the rye is tall and they most likely aren’t taking note of where they’re going. Holden’s job would be to catch them and prevent them from becoming grownups and hence maintaining their life. Holden then goes to his old English instructor, Mr. Antolini. Mr. Antolini offers Holden generally the exact same suggestions old Spencer provides him. He informs Holden to discover himself and eventually grow up. These occasions are the increasing action to the scene where Holden provides Phoebe his red searching hat. This signifies the reality that he has grown up and accepted modification, and is now making Phoebe the next ‘catcher in the rye’. Holden ultimately accepts change and discharges his feelings by crying after all of this time and lastly ends up being an adult (“I felt so damn happy all of unexpected, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the reality [p. 114].

Holden accepts modification and releases his feelings after a number of events press him into altering, such as his discussion with Phoebe, Mr. Antolini and the image of Phoebe on the carousel. These events are the rising action to the climax, where Holden begins to sob and launches his sensations after providing Phoebe the red searching hat. In “Novel” the narrator likewise accepts modification. In the line “You remain in love. Occupied up until the month of August.” You can tell that the narrator has also accepted change, since he is occupied with the girl, presumably dating her. In the line “All your buddies go off, you are absurd.” We can see that the narrator has left his old way of life of wandering and beer and is now in a sophisticated and long term relationship, until a particular point. In this case, when the girl kissed the storyteller, those occasions set off a minute of hesitation where the narrator had to make a choice, leave his old way of life and pursue a relationship with the woman, or he can continue his totally free lancing and not take things seriously. The narrator changes, however the lady becomes what he was, a seventeen years of age who does not take things seriously. When Holden gives Phoebe his red searching hat, he is making her the next ‘catcher in the rye’. He becomes the adult years and he takes Phoebe as his replacement by offering her the red searching hat, which symbolizes the function. Both Holden and the narrator grow into brand-new roles and quit their old roles to women. Although, they both give up their roles and become their adult years to the same ladies who assisted and influenced them to mature. These characters helped the lead characters overcome their worry of modification and lastly turn them into adults.