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Judging Others in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye

- Judging others is a natural characteristic for humans, but many take it too far. From sharing their opinion when unnecessary to making rude comments towards another with no lack of remorse, people fail to realize the effects that judging others can have on their behavior and emotions. Holden Caulfield, from J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, underscores this concept. Throughout Salinger’s novel, the reader obtains the conclusion that Holden is extremely judgmental of those around him. Holden’s critique of others is a defense mechanism based on fear because he feels judged by the adult world that surrounds him; he in turn pushes his feelings upon other people to justify his own thoughts...   [tags: Fake, Phony, Teenager]

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Holden’s Psyche in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- The novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, depicts a boy named Holden Caulfield whose psyche ultimately impacts his mental state. Throughout the novel Holden’s mental state gradually becomes affected by this damaged psyche. He either demonstrates the id or the superego, and rarely his ego. Holden’s psyche appears in the id, superego, and ego forms. The id, acts on impulses and wants instant gratification. This occurs when Holden has Sunny, a prostitute, come to his room. Holden tells Maurice, the elevator guy, “Okay,” I said....   [tags: mental, state, id, superego, ego]

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Catcher In The Rye

- Summary "The Catcher in the Rye" is a story of a young sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden is telling this story in first person. Holden is a student of Pency Prep an all boys school in Pennsylvania. The book starts in a rest home in California. Holden flashback to four days before the beginning of Christmas vacation. Holden is going to pay a visit to Mr. Spencer, his history teacher. Mr.Spencer is sick in bed suffering from the grippe. While there Mr.Spencer talks to Holden about his poor grade on his last examination paper....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Integrity in Characters of Different Literary Works

- Integrity Integrity is the basing of one's actions on an internally consistent framework of principles. Meaning, one who has integrity bases their actions on a moral code of honor, character, strength, and courage. These principles guide a character’s motive and cause, putting public image aside to lead a life chivalry and conviction. One example this is Willie Bodega of Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez. Although Willie’s means are shady, he strives for the betterment of Spanish Harlem through the improvement of abandoned and damaged apartments....   [tags: catcher in the rye]

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Intoxication with Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

- Intoxication with Innocence Adolescence a period of life when a child develops from a child into an adult. It is the stage of development in which psychological changes occur and efforts towards creating an identity begin. Clearly, it is an emotionally straining and stressful period. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger we are introduce to an adolescence boy. From first impressions would let one to believe Holden Caulfield is just any other teenager going through a phase of rebellion. The truth of the matter is that Holden’s angst arises from a deeper problem....   [tags: psychological changes, relationships]

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A Book About Life, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- ... He describes, “The thing is, it’s really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs – if yours are really good ones and theirs aren’t. You think if they’re intelligent and all, […] and have a good sense of humor, that they don’t give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do.” (Salinger 109). This narrative showed the importance people placed on material belongings and economic rank, which Holden found sad. I agree with him, because while it is difficult enough already to feel accepted in society, economic inequities are a cause of sadness in some and guilt in others, adding misery to everyone’s existence....   [tags: sadness, existence, corruption]

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Holden Caulfield’s Struggle in The Catcher in the Rye

- Aristotle once said, “Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.” This “condition,” as Aristotle says, is adolescence. Adolescence is much like jumping in a lake. One must walk out to the dock and once he or she is at the end, one cannot turn back. If one is to turn back they will be ridiculed as a coward, like a child. The water is ice cold, a freezing ice bath, so one does not want to jump in, but he or she can’t turn back for fear of jeer from friends....   [tags: The Pain of Growing Up]

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The Influence of Women in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

- In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield feels a compulsion to protect women over anything else. The reason for this is that Holden views women as the last innocent people left in society. J.D. Salinger makes it a point to display the powerful influences that women have had on Holden throughout his life by retelling Holden's experiences with his own mother as a younger man. These trends continue throughout the story, as the events that unfold involving Phoebe and Jane Gallagher become focal points during Holden's time in New York City....   [tags: Protection, Mother]

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The Perfect and the Innocent: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- ... Unlike nature, humans don’t run on a perfect schedule and can adjust things in what ever way they want. This has been the case throughout history, this is why Holden likes the museum so, much. Holden hates how people are always making mistakes and ruining the idea of perfection, but he loves the fact that everything in the museum will stay the same forever, especially the Indians. The thing about the place that Holden adores so much, is “you could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo will still be just finished cathing those two fish” (Salinger 121)....   [tags: holden caulfield, snowball]

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Arrogance in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

- ... Instead of expressing and possibly realizing the feeling of inferiority, a narcissist pretends to be perfect. The narcissist could be strictly hiding imperfections in exchange for the jealousy of others who believe the narcissist is great the whole way around. Although researchers are looking into the real cause for arrogance, a definite answer is currently unavailable. Many theories, ranging from how a person is raised during childhood to the inability to manage stress, try to explain the root cause for arrogance, but for the time being psychologist do not know the real root cause....   [tags: siddhartha and holden’s views ]

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The American Teenager in Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

- Divya Yagnamurthy Mrs. Cangialosi English 10-H 3 April 2014 Holden and the American Teenager In the 19th century, America consisted of only two phases of life: childhood and adulthood. Children struggled to enjoy their youth and at the same time prepared for the trials and tribulations of the next phase of their lives. The amount of time children spent in school also increased, and parents were waiting a longer time to marry off their children rather than pushing them away at the mere age of sixteen....   [tags: Society, teens, Angst]

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Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield in the Catcher and the Rye

- On the surface Holden Caulfield may appear to be wise, however, upon closer examination of his actions it becomes apparent that his true nature is very foolish. He told us the story of when he left Pencey, and we got the chance to journey around New York City with him. Throughout the story, we witnessed many of Holden's actions, and we heard the thoughts going on inside his head. The way he calls people "phonies" and acts like he isn't a fake liar, or how he has very good manners, can give you the impression that he's wise (Salinger 6)....   [tags: actions, phony, statements]

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An Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Catcher Rye '

- ... I 'll pay you and… ' ' (96). Holden feels more depressed and he regrets that he accepted the deal. He gave sunny $5 dollar and asked her to leave. Sunny leaves, Holden started to fall asleep, he heard a very loud hard knocking on his room 's door. Maurice and Sunny came back to take the money. He refused giving them the money, ' 'I don 't owe you five bucks ' ' (102). He should have gave them the $5 dollar because he just asked for her for nothing and wasted her time. Holden insisted not to give them the money, so Maurice beat him up....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexuality]

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Sympathy Lacking in J.D Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye

- “May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time” (qtd from, a set of sympathetic words that can be uttered to a loved one during their time of need. Some may believe that these are words that should be said to the protagonist of J.D. Salinger's coming of age novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield is a troubled adolescent who longs for sympathy because he is often regretful, sad, lonely and cannot let go of the past. Instead though, because he puts himself in melancholy moods due to his personality, improper feelings or by running away from his problems, it is also believed that Holden is undeserving of this sympathy....   [tags: Teenager, Adversity, Depression]

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Fanfiction of Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

- Well, my fanfiction is about Sunny from The Catcher in the Rye. Sunny is the prostitute whom Holden Caulfield attempts to connect with, and not the kind of connect one would normally do with a prostitute. Holden attempts a real emotional connection with her. In my little fanfiction I am going to create my own little back-story for our little prostitute, but I have not done a whole lot of writing so I am sure it will be a woot, more or less. Sunny is a young prostitute, to be exact she was “young as hell” and “she had a little weeny-winy voice” according to Mr....   [tags: protest, realization, rebel]

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The As A Tragic Hero

- ... This shows immaturity because a mature person would understand that Stradlater doesn’t want to talk about it, and would not turn to violence to try and solve their problems. Along with his lacking ability to maturely handle some situations, Holden also communicates immaturely with others. This can be seen when he meets up with Carl Luce, one of his advisors from Whooton. When he attended Whooton, Holden knew that Luce often talked to the boys about sex, and tries to bring this into the conversation, asking him multiple questions about his sex life....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]

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The Catcher In The Rye

- “I swear to God I’m crazy. I admit it.” It is very easy to automatically assume that Holden Caulfield is crazy. It’s even a logical assumption since Caulfield himself admits to being crazy twice throughout the course of the book. However, calling Holden Caulfield crazy is almost the same as calling the majority of the human race crazy also. Holden Caulfield is just an adolescent trying to prevent himself from turning into what he despises the most, a phony. Most of Caulfield’s actions and thoughts are the same as of many people, the difference being that Holden acts upon those thoughts and has them down in writing....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Psychoanalysis of Holden Caulfield

- Psychoanalysis is a psychoanalytical theory and therapy that aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the conscious and unconscious elements in a human mind by bringing fears to the conscious mind. According to Sigmund Freud, “The unconscious silently directs the thoughts and behavior of the individual” (Freud 95). Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is sixteen years old and does not act his own age for he is stuck in his own private world, filled with pain and suffering....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]

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Alienation in The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath

- The theme of alienation is relevant in both “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Grapes of Wrath. It is an idea presented very prominently in both books, expressed through characters, actions, and events. The Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, a socially inadequate, sixteen year old boy who distances himself from others as a display of mental superiority driven by the idea he possesses that everyone is a phony, while he appears to be the only one who has remained genuine and authentic in today’s society....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Catcher in the Rye

- Discuss the view that in - Behind the Scenes at the Museum - and - Catcher in the Rye - Holden and Ruby can be regarded as unreliable narrators. In both “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” and “Catcher in the Rye” there are obvious signs that Holden and Ruby are troubled and unreliable characters. The informal conversational tone that Holden uses is meant to be spontaneous and unrehearsed; so instead of getting a focused autobiography, we get a scanty account of a few days that often trail into other stories that are what we use to draw a picture of Holden....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye

- Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye The coming of age novels, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, and A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, both interpret the lives of adolescent boys journeying through their conflicts and inner confusion to reach the level of maturity. Salinger and Knowles both discern the literal ways a typical teenager grows up with the help of literary elements such as plot, setting, character development, conflicts, irony, symobolism, theme, and point of view....   [tags: J.D. Salinger John Knowles Adolescent Boys Essays]

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The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- The Theme of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the protagonist Holden Caulifield views the world as an evil corrupt place where there is no peace. Holden has a phony phobia that restricts him from becoming a fully matured adult. In Holden's attempted journey in becoming a fully matured adult, he encounters many scenarios involving friendship, personal opinions, and his love of children. His journey is an unpleasant and difficult one with many lessons learned along the way; including the realization that he is powerless to change the world....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Catcher in the Rye and Ordinary People

- Ordinary People and The Catcher in the Rye    In this paper I intend to show how the loss of a brother can have the same effects on two different people like Holden Caulfield and Conrad Jarrett.  Both of their lives are turned upside down after the difficult loss of a family member.              In the book Ordinary People, Conrad Jarrett has a good life and loving family when his brother dies in a sailboating accident.  Conrad feels lost and confused and he attempts to take his own life as a way out.  He spends eight months in a mental institution and when he comes out he discovered he is a completely different person and has the realization that his old definition of normal...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Catcher in the Rye: Story of a Troubled Teen

- J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher In The Rye, attempts to show the reader the life of a regular boy with troubles on his mind. The rich and troubled Holden Caufield is that boy. His parents are quite wealthy and want Holden to be successful in life as well, but they do not nurture Holden with the amount of love that is necessary. Holden feels the absence of love, which causes him to suffer a variety of emotional problems. Holden needs direction in his life because he constantly struggles to find the meaning of life on his own....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]

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Holden's Cry for Help in The Catcher in the Rye

- Holden's Cry for Help in The Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye is a complicated book about a young man going through, what appears to be a nervous break down. This is a book about the boy’s negative self-talk, horrible outlook on life, and a life itself that seems to keep swirling down the toilet. He keeps trying to fill his life with something, but the reality of it is he doesn’t exactly now what he needs. It’s complicated to understand at parts, because all he does is think of things in the worst possible conditions....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Banning The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- Did you ever think that books that have sex, obscene language, and immoral subjects can make a good book. The Catcher in the Rye has been on the banned reading list for exactly those reasons. The book was mainly put on disapproval from between 1966 and 1975 in almost every school district in the United States. The book was said to be so bad that in 1960 a teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh-grade English class. Despite some opposition to the novel, however, J.D....   [tags: Banned Books Censorship]

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The Catcher in the Rye Holden Gets Influenced

- The Catcher in the Rye Holden Gets Influenced Everyone gets influenced by someone, even heroes do. The Catcher in the Rye, a novel written by J. D. Salinger, talks about Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy that is trying to live through his problems. Holden tries to learn from his experiences as well as from the ones of others. He goes through many hard times, but he always takes them as a chance to imagine how it could have ended if he had done something about them or what cold had happened if he was not so “yellow”....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Holden Caufield from The Catcher In the Rye

- Holden Caufield from The Catcher In the Rye A family can be classified as one of many things. It can be a group of people living under one roof; a group of people of common ancestry; or even a unit of a crime syndicate like the Mafia (Merriam Webster). But to Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher In The Rye, his family was what we as a society normally think of when that word is spoken. There are always variations on a theme, but a typical family consists of two parents and at least one child....   [tags: essays papers]

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Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye

- Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye From the first moment Holden Caulfield speaks in The Catcher in the Rye, he makes his personality obvious. While he is witty, passionate and honest, he is also troubled and lonely. Holden longs to find his place in the world and connect with other people. Ironically, however, his search for belonging leaves him more confused than ever. Consequently, he develops a psychological condition that can easily be considered a result of his fear and critique of growing up....   [tags: Papers]

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Catcher In The Rye Essay Comparison With Freud

- I think Holden Caufield is one of the few sane characters in The Catcher in the Rye. List reasons why you think Holden is sane, or normal compared to the average teenager. I think holden is sane because he is like most other teens. They deal with emotions, mood swings, relationships with others, etc List some other characters and show how they are stranger than Holden. Mr. Antolini- holden awoke to him patting/petting his head, then asking holden not to leave afterward. P.192-193 Examine Holden’s interaction with society, including family, friends, teachers, etc. Phoebe- Holdens little sister, he loves her most of the family, and she is one of the reasons that stops him from thinking abou...   [tags: J.D. Salinger]

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Catcher In The Rye Vs. Don Quixote

- J.D. Salinger’s TheCatcher in the Rye can be compared to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Both novels feature naive protagonists pining for an ideal world. In Salinger’s novel, Holden Caulfield is a sixteen year old who experiences challenging and questionable events in the mid-stage of his adolescence. Holden wants to protect the innocent children like “the catcher in the rye” from the immorality and corruptness of the “phony” adult world. In Cervantes work, Don Quixote is the idealistic protagonist who sets out to transform the world in accordance to his medieval vision....   [tags: essays research papers]

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5 Paragragh Essay: The Catcher In The Rye

- From the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the youthful protagonist Holden Caufield, employs the word “phony” to describe the behavior of a number of characters including Mr. Spencer and Ossenburger, however it is not them who are“phony”, it is the young main character. First, Mr. Spencer, Holden’s ex- history teacher, is not described as phony, but according to the adolescent, his choice of words are. Secondly, according to our main character, Ossenburger is not the generous philanthropist he portrays himself to be, but rather a greedy undertaker....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Holden in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

- The Personalities and Emotions of Holden Caufield In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger tells of Holden Caufield’s struggles in life. Holden is a somewhat troubled mind, who has very strong beliefs and thoughts. Holden has many problems going through adolescence. Holden is presented to the readers as being very different in a way that other characters were portrayed during the time period the novel was written. Everyone thinks Holden is crazy. Holden’s character is very casual towards society....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Undracheeveng and Cacher in the Rie

- Not everyone works up to his or her full potential, they underachieve. An underachiever is “ a person whose performance is significantly below what which would be predicted by educators” (Griffin). Through the psychoanalytic lens, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caufield. The psychoanalytic lens is a way to observe the subconscious mind though actions, emotions, beliefs, habits and symptoms. In J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist, Holden Caulfield demonstrated signs of underachieving that result from the loss of his brother, the competition with his siblings, and his survivors guilt as viewed through the psychoanalytic lens....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye Essays]

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Catch 22, by Joseph Heller and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

- What being an American truly means is a topic that fascinates American authors and readers alike. What composes the American spirit, the American culture, the American identity and the American values are questions many authors answer and nearly all authors answer differently. In the novels Catch 22, by Joseph Heller and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger the idea of Americanism, is explored in great detail. Each novel features a slightly different insight into what exactly being an American truly means....   [tags: Exploring Americanism]

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The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger and Looking For Alaska by John Green

- Throughout history, authors of young adult literature are oftentimes forced to incorporate the perils of young adulthood into their plots, characters, and conflicts. Growing up in America is an experience unlike no other. Today, American young adults are part of a large generation called the Millenials, who are considered the most educated in American history. They are more open minded, progressive, successful, and technological. However, it is not all sunshine and rainbows for these young Americans who oftentimes have outstanding debt and job prospects that are unacceptably dim....   [tags: silent generation, war, conflicts]

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The Effects Of Manic And Depressive Episodes Within The Novel ' The Catcher Rye '

- ... Although he just was in an this elevated mood, two pages later, on page 141, he becomes quickly irritated by Sally after the show because of someone she once knew. The next shift in Holden’s mood is when the two go ice skating and decide to get a table inside. At this point, he feels sorry for her. Holden is then is talking about getting fed up. Throughout his talk, there are multiple times when he changes his subject while talking. The two then seem at a point where they hate each other near the end of the chapter, and right at the end, Holden says that he feels sorry for Sally....   [tags: Bipolar disorder, Mania, Hypomania]

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An Analysis of Literary Elements in Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger

- Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger is a story where Holden Caulfield, the speaker and hero of the tale, commences the narrating at his previous boarding school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown. The bulk of the story later on takes place in New York City through Christmas. The substantial setting of the story is rather significant, because it exemplifies Holden´s solitude in New York. As a whole, this novel is developed like a recollection of Holden’s thoughts that ultimately culminated in his story....   [tags: adolescence, depression, alienation]

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Holden Caulfield and the Pressures of Society: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- ... The reason behind these lies is to keep Mrs. Morrow from becoming hurt or disappointed, supporting Pinsker’s belief. Even with a stranger that Holden barely knew, he is attentive and does anything to keep he or she happy. Additionally, when Holden and his friend, Mal, are going out for the night, Holden invites Ackley to come along with them. Although Mal is reluctant, Holden eventually convinces him to let Ackley accompany them. Holden finds Ackley annoying and obnoxious at times but feels sympathy for him....   [tags: confucius, symbols, good child]

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Parallels Between the Conflicts of J.D. Salinger and Holden Caulfield from Catcher and the Rye

- ... That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all” (Salinger 173). Holden implies if you fall of the cliff of childhood you mature, but if Holden catches you, you remain innocent. Holdens views on innocence directly impacted the way he viewed of adults. The views he had on adults corresponded to the years when Holden lived with his parents. His parents were absent for the majority of his life. The only situation he would heard from his parents was when he got kicked out of school....   [tags: childhood, innocence, lonliness]

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A Warning to All Young Adults in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

- The Catcher in the Rye book report In 1951, Little, Brown and Company published a novel written by J.D Salinger named The Catcher in the Rye. In detail, the genre for this book would definitely be a young adult fiction. Certainly, the way the author told the story was from an adolescent perspective and the speech and vocabulary made it very easy to understand and relate to. Also, the fact that The Catcher in the Rye was told from a first person perspective made the story flow from beginning to end....   [tags: alientated, teenager, suicide]

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Comparative Analysis of A Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

- It is amazing that two completely different characters could not only be faced with an identical dilemma, but also both react in such comparable ways. The resemblance of the characters’ struggles because of alienation in the popular novels The Catcher in the Rye and Speak is astonishing. Alienation can be caused by many factors and result in many consequences. But it is interesting how the situations individuals face can be quite similar. Within Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, and Anderson’s novel, Speak, both protagonists are alienated by those around them....   [tags: Isolation, Teenagers]

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Jumping to Conclusions in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye and Curtis Sittenfeld Prep

- They say not to judge a book by its cover, as what is on the inside is more important than what is on the exterior. As a human race, one of the first things done is jumping to conclusions about people without knowing them thoroughly. The novels, The Catcher in the Rye and Prep by J.D. Salinger and Curtis Sittenfeld respectively, both portray this theme. Although the books do this in a different manner and convey different messages through this basic lesson, they both provide validity to the statement with realistic events occurring to teenagers....   [tags: friendship, plot, trait, characters]

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Controversial American Literature, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye

- ... Teenagers in the era the book was written semi-followed in the footsteps of their parents, but started to become more independent. They were encouraged to attend college by putting the idea of marriage over education in the trash. Although they were given some new life achievements in this new era, teenagers were still constantly being put between a situation, basically living an “in between” life. Holden lives between adolescence and adulthood. His red hunting cap is symbolic of his identity - something most teenages struggle to find....   [tags: depression, teenager, hero]

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The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger

- Experiencing a tragedy at a young age causes many problems as that individual grows up. The most common effects are changes in usual behavior, episodes of crying or sadness, and suicidal thoughts. In The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, the death of a close sibling causes two characters to act out and experience these effects. Enduring a tragedy often leaves one with feelings of depression. These effects could include loss in interest, hopelessness and feelings that things will never get better....   [tags: death, loss]

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- Both Amir and Holden grow and change over the course of their journeys in The Kite Runner and The Catcher in the Rye, but whereas the courage and inner peace that Amir gains enable him to come to peace with his past, Holden’s slow growing, understanding of people and maturity do not specifically result in any colossal changes in his life ; unlike Hosseini, who suggests heroism is something you gain through redeeming yourself and having peace with the past, Salinger suggests that heroism is not about the end point where you finally accomplish greatness, but along the journey where you ameliorate yourself....   [tags: amir, holden, fear, heroism]

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Esther Greenwood of Bell Jar and Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye

- The adolescent protagonists Esther Greenwood, of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, and Holden Caulfield, of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye both struggle to forge and maintain normal relationships with others. Though both characters are virgins, they share a preoccupation with sex and losing their virginity, and react nearly identically when faced with initial sexual encounters. The characterization of Esther and Holden results in the recurrent themes in both novel of failure to meet the expectations of others, the inability to interact with others in educational, personal, social, and familial environments and the resulting isolation, despite living in one of the largest citi...   [tags: comparative essay, Sylvia Plath, J.D. Salinger]

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Mental Illness and Death in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger

- Tamara Hill, a specialist in adolescent mental health once said: “The presuming social view that mental health is not as serious as the media says it is, blocks progress...”. Some people think that mental illness can be taken lightly, when in reality, its quite the opposite; Mental illness can cause children and adolescents in particular to act strangely, commit crime or hurt themselves just to name a few things. A good example of how mental illness affects teenagers can be seen in the main character, Holden Cauffield, of J.D....   [tags: PTSD, tamara hill, human experience]

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Holden´s Red Hunting Hat in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- ... For a buck. Ya like it?’” (29). In this part, Holden takes off his hat and asks his roommate if it is ok for him to wear his hat, although indirectly. So, he is asking if it is okay to express himself. Holden wants positive acknowledgement for his individuality. Salinger writes, “I couldn’t find my goddam hunting hat anywhere. Finally I found it. It was under the bed” (45). He has a sense of panic when he can’t find his hat. He refuses to leave it behind. Holden wants to hold on to the things that make him unique....   [tags: security, comfort, uniqueness]

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Mental illness and Mental Disorders in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four American adults suffer from a mental disorder. This means that 57.7 out of 217.8 million people over the age of 18 are ill; never mind that mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in Canada and the United States. Holden Caulfield, the controversial main character of J.D Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye, spends much of the book wandering through the streets of New York City. Kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time, he does many odd things: he calls a prostitute, tries to befriend a taxi driver, drinks with middle aged women, and sneaks into his own house in the middle of the night....   [tags: disability, bipolar disease]

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Mental Analysis on Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye

- Today in the United States, according the Nation Institute of Mental Health, , almost one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, and one in seventeen adults are suffering from mental disorders that can be considered serious, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, panic disorder, and post traumatic stress disorders (Health Care Service Corporation) (The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America). J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, provides the narrative of a young adult, Holden Caulfield, who I believe shows many symptoms of several different mental disorders....   [tags: disorders, symptoms, stability, mental]

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Holden´s Struggles in J.D. Salinger´s A Catcher in the Rye

- A person who is able to live life with many struggles such as dropping out of school and dealing with a family member’s death can really continue pursuing their lifestyle in the future. In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, it becomes evident that Holden has difficulty accepting himself and others as he constantly defines people as "phony". Before we can understand why Holden leaves on his journey at all, we must understand his struggle. Holden leaves Pencey because he was surrounded by phonies and wants to find success elsewhere....   [tags: Teenager, Self-Esteem]

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Is Catcher in the Rye More than Just a Story of Holden's New York adventure?

- The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger is not just a story about a teenage boy, going through hardships and complaining a lot. It is truly a tale about growing up, where you as a reader learn more about yourself and how you view others. J.D. Salinger uses Holden Caulfield, as a sort of bridge that teaches us about human nature, feelings and difficult times. J.D. Salinger achieved this very well because Holden is such a unique character but nevertheless we can all relate to him in some way. In this essay/analysis I will go through some of the underlying themes of the novel, that create it more than just a story about some kid in New York....   [tags: J.D. Salinger novel, story analysis]

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Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye

- Holden Caulfield can be analyzed through his thoughts, actions and circumstances which surround his everyday life. Holden acts like a careless teenager. Holden has been to several prep-schools, all of which he got kicked out of for failing classes. After being kicked out of the latest, Pency Prep, he went off to New York on his own. Holden seems to have a motivation problem which apparently affects his reasoning. The basis of his reasoning comes from his thoughts. Holden thinks the world is full of a bunch of phonies....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The catcher in the rye and the stranger

- Holden Caulfield and Mersault have both been alienated in their worlds as the authors have so clearly portrayed in both books. But as much as both have been alienated, one is an essentialist while the other remains an existentialist. Holden Caulfield being the essentialist that he is, has psychological motivation for every action he takes. He is a teenager that is struggling with the fact that everyone has to grow up, which to him means that you have to become “phony or corrupt”. While on the other hand Mersault, the existentialist, does things for no reason whatsoever....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye

- One definition of a microscope is "an optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of objects." Holden Caufield can be symbolized by a microscope and its parts: the field of view, the focus, and the magnifier. Holden is like the whole of the microscope in three ways. Firstly, a microscope is delicate and needs great amounts of care to keep it in good shape. Holden is also like this. He needs interaction with people to keep him healthy. Secondly, a microscope views things with scrutiny and is used to see things that may not be seen by the naked eye....   [tags: J. D. Salinger]

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Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- Themes and Characters in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Since the beginning of time there have been billions of books written. From those books have come novels. From the novels have come masterpieces. From the masterpieces have come critically acclaimed titles. From those critically acclaimed titles have come classics. Classics represent the highest acknowledged standard of writing. The ingenuity of their literary elements is impeccable. A classic will inspire, intrigue, enlighten, and more importantly draw the reader into the world of the author....   [tags: Papers]

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Quotes on Catcher in the Rye

- Which African nation, South Africa or Nigeria, will have greater difficulty overcoming problems that stem from its colonial legacy. Why. South Africa will have a harder time overcoming its colonial legacy than Nigeria for a multitude of reasons. The first of many reasons, only three that I will touch on are as follows; the ways in which the settlers changed the beliefs of the African peoples, the second is how they cultivated the land the aboriginal people lived on and the third and final reason is the monetary value they used, and how they dispersed it to the Africans....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Catcher In The Rye 3

- 'Sometimes characters can allow a strong feeling or emotion to dominate their lives.'; Holden allows the strong feelings and emotions of death, society, school and innocence to dominate his life. Holden is a very sensitive boy who can not ignore his problems, instead he dwells on them. These feelings and emotions are dominant because Holden believes strongly in them. The strong negative feelings that Holden has for his school and it's community are present because of it's concern for an image....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Innocence In Catcher In The Rye

- If there were one word to tell what the theme of the book was it would be innocence. How we are all innocent at some point, how to try to keep our innocence, and how no one can keep their innocence forever. We all fall from our innocence. Adam and Eve fell from grace and innocence and set the tone for all of our lives. Throughout the whole book Holden is trying to make people keep their innocence and he wants to hold onto it himself. What he needs to learn and does learn through the course of the book is that no one can keep his or her innocence....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]

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Death in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

- Death is one of life’s most mysterious occurrences. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend why an innocent young child has to die, and a murderer is released from prison and gets a second chance at life. There is no simple explanation for this. Though, perhaps the best, would be the theological perspective that God has a prewritten destiny for every man and woman. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye Holden often finds himself questioning his faith and pondering why an innocent adolescent like his brother Allie has to die....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The search for self in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye

- Search for self in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye Everyone wants to know who they are, and why they were put here. People often wonder about their futures and what kind of person they really are. In the novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye, both of the protagonists, despite the different settings, the other characters, their restrictions and the different people that they are, are searching for the same thing - themselves. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless tale of a young boy who escapes his society that keeps trying to “sivilise” him and retreats down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Comparison of Holden of Catcher in the Rye and Equality 7-251 of Anthem

- Catcher in the Rye and Anthem - A Comparison of Holden and Equality 7-251 Is it possible that two completely different authors could create two identical characters. It seems so; J.D. Salinger's Holden, from Catcher in the Rye, and Ayn Rand's Equality 7-2521, in Anthem, appear to be one in the same person. To end the oppression they received for the span of their entire lives, both Holden and Equality run from their oppressors. Most importantly, neither Holden nor Equality live up to the expectations of others....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Maturation in Catcher in the Rye and Red Badge of Courage

- Maturation in Catcher in the Rye and Red Badge of Courage   The Catcher in the Rye and The Red Badge of Courage detail the gradual maturation of two immature boys into self-reliant young men. The steady speed at which Salingerís and Craneís language streams enables the reader to see the independent events that lead up to the ultimate rite of passage for both Henry and Holden. Although the pinnacle of maturity Holden reached concerned his pessimistic view of the world and Henryís was a unifying moment of bravery, both boys experienced an epiphany over the course of their respective tales....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Ideology in Emerson's Self Reliance and Catcher in the Rye

- Non-conformist Ideology in Emerson's Self Reliance and Catcher in the Rye      Human beings all around the world are different in many ways. They all have their unique and physical characteristics, as well as different personalities. They each also have different ideas and thoughts on different topics. America is made up of a great amount of diverse people with diverse, even conflicting opinions and ideas. Diversity is a major component of the foundation of our country. The cliché of American as a salad bowl is extremely true....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Self Discovery in Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye

- Self Discovery in Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield make take journey into self-discovery. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn is trying to find purpose and identity through conflicting of morals. While Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, is an adolescent struggling to find mature into manhood. In comparison, they are both on a journey towards maturity and identity. Life itself is a journey full of bonding and experiences which lead to wisdom and understanding....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Free Catcher in the Rye Essays: Manic-Depressive Holden

- Manic-Depressive Behavior Exhibited in The Catcher in the Rye            The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, portrays Holden Cawfield a New York City teenager in the 1950's as a manic-depressive. Holden's depression starts with the death of his brother, Allie . Holden is expelled from numerous schools due to his poor academics which are brought on by his depression.  Manic depression, compulsive lying, and immaturity throughout the novel characterize Holden.             Events in Holden's life lead him to become depressed....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Evil and Corruption in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

- Evil and Corruption in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. His view of the world does not change much through the novel. However as the novel continues, Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this. In the book Holden succeeds in making us think that the world is crazy. Shortly after Holden leaves Pencey Prep, he checks in to the Edmont Hotel in Manhattan which was "full of perverts and morons....   [tags: Essays on Corruption]

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Comparing Teens in Catcher in the Rye, Tears of a Tiger, and Whirligig

- Problem Teens in Catcher in the Rye, Tears of a Tiger, and Whirligig The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's novel set in the 1950s, told the story of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield. Deciding that he's had enough of Pencey, his fourth school that he'd failed, he goes to Manhattan three days before his scheduled return to home, not wanting to inform his parents that he'd been expelled and sent back. He explores the city, calls up some old friends, gets nicked by the elevator operator, and gradually becomes bitter about the world and people....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield of Catcher In The Rye

- Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield Ever since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has served as a firestorm for controversy and debate. Salinger's portrayal of Holden, which includes incidents of depression, nervous breakdown, impulsive spending, sexual exploration, crudeness, and other erratic behavior, have all ascribed to the controversial nature of the novel. Holden embarks on a journey and through every turn in the road, he deals with conflicts within himself searching for the truth in a society full of falsity....   [tags: J.D. Salinger]

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Holden’s Red Hunting Hat and it’s Symbolism

- Can a hat really provide a person with emotion, or for that matter, can a hat ever protect a person from their own emotions. In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger the image of the main character’s red hunting hat comes up many times. Holden, the main character buys a hat while he is in New York with his school fencing team. Holden has just been kicked out of his school because for academic reasons, he decides to leave his school before the winter break starts, so he goes to New York....   [tags: The Catcher in the Rye]

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Theme of Maturity in The Bean Trees and The Catcher in the Rye

- How does one know that a person is maturing. Are there signs. What defines maturity. “A mature person assumes responsibility for his or her actions” (“Maturity”) but does that mean someone who cannot do that should not be considered mature. In The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, both Holden and Taylor go through a period in their lives where they start “putting aside ‘toys’ and fantasies...seeing the world as it really is” (“Maturity”). For Taylor, adulthood is thrust upon her when she “inherits” Turtle, while for Holden it takes till the end of the book--when he is with Phoebe--to realize....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Barbara Kingsolver]

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Catcher In The Rye, Macbeth And Death Of A Salesman Comparison Essay

- In literature, characters often confront challenges and due to their misconceptions of reality these challenges become complicated by external factors, which ultimately lead to tragic results. Willy, from the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Holden, from the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Macbeth, from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, live with false perceptions of life and struggle through life's challenges. Willy struggles with the challenges of his life by lying, causing him to suffer because of how he defines success....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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breif explination of characters and themes of catcher in the rye

- Catcher in the rye Vocabulary 1. Fencing - The art or sport of using a foil, epée, or saber in attack and defense. 2. Grippe - an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease. 3. Phonies - Something not genuine; a fake. 4. Ashamed - Feeling shame or guilt. 5. Compulsory - Obligatory; required: a compulsory examination 6. Peculiar - Unusual or eccentric; odd. 7. Descriptive - Involving or characterized by description; serving to describe. 8. Conceited - Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of oneself; vain....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Societal and Individual Interdependency in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye

- In a perfect world, everyone would be happy with the way they are and everyone would accept the differences of others. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not perfect and not everyone accepts who they are . Is there a reason why people cannot be content with their lives or with the differences of other people. The answer is yes, and the reason for the discontent is society. With society telling the masses what is, and is not acceptable, it is no wonder that people seem “lost”, and are desperately searching out their place in the sun....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Discusses the Importance of Truth in "The Catcher in the Rye"

- From the very beginning of the novel, Holden decides what you want to hear, and what he's going to tell you. He refuses to talk about his parents' past because 'that stuff bores me', and his parents 'would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.'(page 1) Throughout the novel, he avoids telling the truth about anything too "personal" or "boring." This suggests he thinks nothing of being economical with the truth for his own convenience. He certainly seems eager to decide for himself how much he's going to tell you....   [tags: American Literature]

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Comparing Dreams in Catcher in the Rye, Night, and Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Dreams in Catcher in the Rye, Night, and Their Eyes Were Watching God     Throughout the novels Catcher in the Rye, Night, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main characters seem to have a dream. In their stories, Holden, Elie, and Janie tell the reader whether or not their dream was successful.   In Catcher in the Rye, Holden's dream is to be the catcher in the rye, meaning he wants to stop children or anything that may still be innocent from falling over the edge. This basically means he wants to preserve the innocence....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye and Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down

- Comparative Essay The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger and Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers are both displayed as rites of passage texts. The respective protagonists of these two texts are Igby Slocumb and Holden Caulfield. These two characters are both on a journey motif, a journey of self discovery in which they both attempt to find meaning in life and understand societies values and attitudes. The two protagonists demonstrate non-conformity and rebel against the apparent hypocrisy present in their respective societies....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye

- "Dey all useter call me Alphabet 'cause so many people had done named me different names," Janie says (Hurston 9). The nickname "Alphabet" is fitting in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God because Janie is always changing and rearraging, never the same. Janie Crawford was constantly searching for happiness, self-realization, and her own voice. Janie dares not to fit the mold, but rather defy it to get what she wants. On the journey to find her voice, she marries three separate men and each one of these men contribute to Janie’s quest in different ways....   [tags: comparison essays]

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A Comparison of Hubris in Catcher in the Rye, Scarlet Letter, and Great Gatsby

- Hubris in the Protagonists of Catcher in the Rye, Scarlet Letter, and Great Gatsby     Aristotle praised Sophocles' King Oedipus as the definitive Greek tragedy; however, he could not have surmised the influence of Oedipus' tragic pride on modern day literature and philosophy. Hubris, the only true crime, has had a threefold influence: it is a reason for downfall as well as a characteristic of criminal motivation; it is manifested in the diverse protagonists of Salinger, Fitzgerald, and Hawthorne; and it is forgiven only by repentance for wrongdoing and the complete surrender of pride....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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