English 2 Honors
24 September 2009
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is a famous novel written by J.D. Salinger. Taken
place in New York City. The main character, known as Holden Caulfield, tries to
discover the meaning of life and goes through many obstacles. In his tone
throughout the story, he narrates and describes how certain people have an
affect on him, also what they mean to him. As Holden Caulfield narrates the
story, each character is given specialized details. What Holden sees in them, if
they are phony or real. Symbolism is portrayed through the entire novel. Certain
statements are written as one object but represent a disguised meaning.
Throughout the entire novel, Holden Caulfield always seems to ostracize everyone. He is always writing about others, how they look or what he feels for them. But never comes through to get close enough with someone emotionally. Holden does not have relations with anyone, he thinks everyone is phony. He always just seemed to be confused about life. Also he has not finished school, and all he is doing is wondering around every night around New York City. He should be trying to get back into school for a good education to have a bright future. When Holden writes about each of his friends or relatives he gives them specialized details. For example, He writes "I mean most girls are so dumb and all. After you neck them for a while, you can really watch them losing their brains. You take a girl when she really gets passionate, she just hasn't any brains." (Salinger ch.13 pg 92). Holden explains his thoughts about girls, witch he does not have any feeling for. He does not really have any feelings for anyone not just girls, but for his family also, since he’s really not with them or in contact with them anyhow. Symbolism plays a major role in this novel. Holden writes about objects, but are really given disguised...