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Last Day Of The Last Furlough

a phony would make everyone the same, isolating him from the pack, which he wants to do. But if he is in his own group that would actually make himself a phony because he is not a contemporary teen, he is the oddball. Holden is hanging on to every last bit of childhood and innocence that there is left in him. Holden may not care about failing out of schools because he hates the so called “phonies” that go there, but maybe because it is not the norm. Maybe it is that he figures another way to stand...

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The Catcher in the Rye is Not a Bildungsroman

the good and purity in people, for example when he meets the nuns, or when he is on the topic of children, but these instances do not occur very often. Holden believes the majority of people are “phonies”, a quality he cannot tolerate. In the very last chapter is the final time Holden displays his general annoyance of people. Holden states, “D.B isn't as bad as the rest of them, but he keeps asking me a lot of questions, too” (213). This quote implies that Holden does not appreciate that people obviously...

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Cather in the Rye

knows how nasty life like this can be. As a final thought, Holden knows he cannot go back to be an innocent child but he wishes that every child would not turn into nasty adults he sees everywhere but so they could stay as innocent as they are. The last symbol that is very important to understand Holden’s life perspective and actions is the museum. Holden believes that the museum is beautiful because it always stays the same. He also mentions that he is troubled by the fact that he has changed every...

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The Catcher in the Rye vs. Looking For Alaska

after Alaska passes away, we see Miles torturing himself over her still, asking himself things like, "Did she ever love me? Would she have left Jake for me? Or was it just another impulsive Alaska moment? It was not enough to be the last guy she kissed. I wanted to be the last one she loved. And I knew I wasn't. I knew it, and I hated her for it. I hated her for not caring about me." (Looking For Alaska, p. 171). While Miles shows his immaturity subconsciously in the sense that his biggest worries revolve...

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Catcher in the Rye Humanity

and the immaturity of the human race. J.D Salinger views the phonies in society negatively. He also views the cycle of change that humans go through in a negative way, saying that once they turn into adults they will be doing the same thing every day. Last, he views the immature minds of some people negatively. All three of these points help prove J.D Salinger’s belief that humanity is negative. By telling his views through the perspective of Holden Caulfield, J.D Salinger’s view of phonies is clearly...

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JD Salinger

writer’s despite having a very shallow body of work. Early in his career, Salinger wrote many short stories that made it into big publications such as Story Magazine, Collier’s, and even The Saturday Evening Post. Some of these short stories, A Perfect Day for a Bananafish and Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut, later were included in Salinger’s short story collection titled Nine Stories in 1953. Nine Stories was one of four books that Salinger published, coming before Franny and Zooey in 1961 and Raise High...

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Symbolism of Catcher in the Rye

intelligent, but innocent as well, and this is what Holden strives to be. Allie adds to Holden's depression because he was entirely good in Holden's mind. He was smart, funny, patient and creative, and Allie was not the only one whose innocence was lost the day he died. The ducks in Central Park and where they go in the winter could easily be a part of the novel passed by without much thought if Holden had not mentioned it more than once. The ducks could be seen as significant in two different ways. Holden...

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The Use of Symbolism within Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, a novel written by J. D. Salinger, is set around the 1950s. It is narrated by Holden Caulfield, and follows his three-day journey in New York after flunking out of Pencey Prep. The story centers around Holden, a 17 year-old protagonist, and the transition from innocent childhood into phony adulthood. Considered a coming-of-age novel, it deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, death, and alienation. Salinger uses symbolism in the text to convey these themes to...

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Catcher in the Rye

her back on me again. It nearly killed me.” (207) Phoebe is angered by Holden’s immaturity and his lack of caring for others and crushes Holden’s last spirits toward innocence. With ties to the last person in the world crumbling, Holden begins to finally question his stance on life and must decide whether or not he is going to try and salvage the last relationship or completely isolate himself. Holden realizes that by his sisters actions and her disregard of the hunting hat, that he must grow up...

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The Catcher in the Rye

material objects, while Holden finds anger in such things. Although it is hard to see, he does find happiness in his fight for life. Unlike most teens, Holden finds happiness in things that warm the heart such as service, literature, and family. One day, Holden was at a dinner and saw two nuns. He struck a conversation with them and realized how great it was that these two ladies spent their entire lives doing service work. In his search for reason Holden does not realize what he needs is to be like...

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