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Catcher in the Rye Literary Analysis
Life is full of decisions that can alter one’s course in life. Some choices may lead to contradictions of one’s of own belief, and take one through a difficult period of emotions. In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the reader follows the story from Holden Caufield’s point of view, which depicts Holden’s encounters and thoughts. The reader is guided through Holden’s journey as many aspects of life give him a new view of society. Holden’s odyssey takes him through a whirlwind of emotional contradictions and setbacks, but through his trek, Holden is able to come to a peace of mind and a sense of happiness for a brief moment in his life. (1) In the beginning, (2) Holden displays a very careless and even sardonic personality that makes him enters awfully tough situations. For example, Holden proclaims he has been “axed” out of three previous schools, and now has received the fourth, after his recent fallout with Pencey because of his lack of effort. It is not that Holden is carefree; rather, instead, Holden is very negligent and more or less motivated about certain things. His character has brought him nowhere in life, and in fact, has even taken him down. Holden has not come to the realization that there are rules to the world and that his actions not only affect him, but others close to him as well. Holden’s careless attitude continues with his time at Pencey when he so foolishly loses the fencing teams equipment. (3) Unlike most people who would take the situation seriously and regret such actions, Holden claims that he finds the situation quite humorous. Holden addresses himself by saying, (4) “I have a lousy vocabulary and partly because I act quite young for my age sometimes” (9) (5). (6) Holden’s mindset makes him very childish and has yet to realize that his actions are wrong. Holden has not discovered what he truly enjoys or wants in life, and continues down a path that only brings tougher hardships....
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