Critical Lens Essay : The Catcher and the Rye

Topics: The Catcher in the Rye, Truth, Nicolas Cage Pages: 1 (523 words) Published: May 26, 2014
Somebody once said “I liked flawed characters because somewhere in them I see more truth,” that somebody was Nicolas Cage. What does it mean? Aren’t people with more flaws less truthful then flawless people? Not necessarily. I agree with this quote. A flaw is something that is imperfect. Children for example are the most truthful because they are flawed, they do not yet know the consequences for being flawed and therefore they have not tried to fix their flaw and reach the definition of “perfection” the world had set out for them.

No one is perfect. We, as humans identify others by their flaws or imperfections. In flaws, we are able to see that person for who they really are. Nicolas Cage’s quote state’s how a character with flaws, show more of themselves then a flawless person. They show more of whom they really are then who everyone wants them to be. A flawed character is much more interesting and lifelike in comparison to a perfect, flawless character.

I agree with Nicolas Cage quote. I believe a flawed character shows more truth. No one is without fault, and when a flawless character is presented, it is simply unrealistic, and seems like a lie. We are kept from who they really are. When a flawed character is presented, it is more realistic and seems more truthful. Then we learn more about those characters. We can relate more toward flawed characters because we ourselves are flawed, maybe not in the same means but nevertheless flawed.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger had a character named Holden Caulfield. Holden can relate to Nicolas Cage’s quote. Holden himself is a liar. He has many flaws but in those flaws we are about to see his true character. The theme that the story revolves around is the painfulness of growing up. The story first takes place in Pennsylvania, at his previous school, Pencey Prep which he then leaves and goes to New York City. Holden hates a lot of things, especially phonies which are mostly grown ups. Holden likes...
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