This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

1299 words - 6 pages

Sudesh Amyan
Dealing with Change
Everybody has a hard time dealing with change. It’s no joke. Some go to the extreme to try and not make things change; others just cannot accept that it happened, while some people choose not to move on from it. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden Caulfield, a troubled young man, is going through a tough time in life where everything is moving so quickly. He cannot accept the fact that he is becoming an adult and needs to start behaving as well as act like one. He constantly wants to be treated like an adult, but never acts like one. The reason for this is because he does not want to let go of ...view middle of the document...

“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was… You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish…” (121).The museum represents frozen time. Everything in the museum is frozen in one moment of time and would never change. Holden likes the idea of this because he wants to stay young; therefore not having to grow up and be like every adult. By being like the Eskimo display, he'll be frozen in one moment in time and never have to change. The carrousel is a strong image that represents dealing with change because, his sister, Phoebe, is too big to ride the carrousel, but he still buys a ticket for her anyways. This shows that Holden doesn’t want his sister to grow up so fast and he is having a hard time accepting that she is getting older. These 3 images have clearly developed Holden’s main problem, dealing with change.
The symbols in the book that show that Holden is having a hard time dealing with change would be Pency Prep, the ducks in the pond, and the broken Little Shirley Beans record. Holden goes to a boarding school called Pency Prep. This is the second school that he flunked out of. He did not apply himself well in previous school, and now he is not doing the same at this school. He is trying to change or get rid of his bad habits, but they are not working. He continues to do what he has been doing at his previous school which is slacking off. The ducks in the pond are a very symbolic image. He questions the cab driver, Hortwiz, about it, “Well you know the ducks that swim around in it? In the springtime and all? Do you know where they go in the wintertime, by any chance?”(81) The ducks in the pond have to deal with the changes that happen in life or else they would die. Holden asks about the ducks mainly because he wants to know how the ducks deal with change, and what will the outcomes be. The ice covering the lake for the ducks is like the pressures that Holden has on him. The pressures that he is going through are making it hard for him to deal with the changes that have happened in his life so far. The Little Shirley Beans record is a symbol of childhood. Holden’s sister, Phoebe, enjoys listing to this record. The record only plays one song and never changes. Holden wants to get this record for his sister because he wants her to stay a child for now, and not grow up. When the record breaks,...

Other Papers Like The Catcher in the Rye Analysis

Catcher in the Rye Essay

2117 words - 9 pages Tyler Ryan Professor Wheeler English 101 April 22, 2015 Catcher in the Rye Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger was born on New Year’s Day in the year 1919, in New York City, “the second and last child of Sol and Marie (Miriam) Jillich Salinger” (Alexander 1). As a young boy, Salinger was interested in theatre and dramatics. Growing up, he attended a public school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. He was always a very quiet and polite young man

Catcher In The Rye Essay

2062 words - 9 pages In the novel, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D Salinger, the main character, Holden, is a teenager who refuses to grow up because he is naively fixated on childhood. Throughout the novel, Holden struggles through teenage life because he cannot accept the given responsibilities that come with growing up. Holden is obsessed with childhood because he chooses to be wedged between a world of the innocence of children and the complex world of adulthood

Catcher in the Rye

857 words - 4 pages Emily Shinn English 10H Period 2 Mrs. Farmer 11/1/10 J.D. Salinger’s book The Catcher in the Rye, uses symbolism to show what is going on with Holden Caulfield throughout the book. Holden is a typical teenager struggling with growing up. Salinger uses symbolism like the ducks leaving for the winter, the perfect, clean snow, and the never changing museum to help us see what is important to Holden and how things are affecting the stability

Catcher In The Rye

1136 words - 5 pages "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." After a long, learning experience a confused teenage boy concludes his journey with these few words. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger suffers from a nervous breakdown and falls into a state of depression He has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. As his psychoanalyst, there are several ways that could help

Catcher in the Rye

1275 words - 6 pages J. D. Salinger's notable and esteemed novel, Catcher in the Rye, reflects the hypercritical views of a troubled teenager, Holden Caulfield, towards everyone around him and society itself. This character has a distinguished vision of a world where morality, principles, intelligence, purity, and naivety should override money, sex, and power, but clearly in the world he inhabits these qualities have been exiled. Holder desperately clings to and

Catcher in the Rye - 2079 words

2079 words - 9 pages The Catcher In t he Rye Dialogue Journal                                                                By Mary Katongole     What the Book Says                       | Character Analysis / Holden | Chapter 1“If you really to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know…and what a lousy childhood was like, ………but I don’t feel like going into it, if you’ll want to know the truth.”      (Salinger 1.)  |  I can tell this

The Catcher In The Rye

736 words - 3 pages The Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. This perception of the world is also shared by many individuals of today’s society. In their mental scope, a gun is needed to change a person’s views. Holden also possesses this view, but is not drawn in to this extreme. Gradually he comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this corruption

The Catcher in the Rye

2952 words - 12 pages Catcher in the Rye Review Questions: Robin Sutcliffe 10C Chapter 1. 1. What is unusual about the opening of Chapter 1? What is your first impression of Holden Caulfield? (1) Chapter 1 can be read from the end of chapter 26 through to the end of the book (You can begin at chapter 26 and read through and everything will read the same) My first impression of Holden is that he is a bit lazy because he will not apply himself. 2. What is

The Catcher In The Rye

532 words - 3 pages data and analysis strongly influenced the commission’s findings, which resulted in great public health advances in the British Army. It was her discussions with Queen Victoria on the conditions of the camp hospitals that sparked the commission’s formation. Through her work and her school, Florence Nightingale is responsible for elevating the profession of nursing to an honorable status. She wrote about 200 books, pamphlets and reports on hospital

The Catcher in the Rye

621 words - 3 pages Among the different rhetorical devices employed by J.D. Salinger , the color red is the symbolism most prevalent in this novel. Holden Caulfield highlights the fact that his brother Allie had red hair, and tells the reader how he wasn't like most red headed children. This all started with Holden writing a school paper for his roomate named Stradlater, he didn't have anything to write about but his brother. In that paper he mentions all the

Bibliography Catcher in the Rye

934 words - 4 pages Raul Madrigal Professor Hendricks English Composition 2 1 December 2014 Bibliography Salinger, J.D. “The Catcher in the Rye” Little, Brown and Company. Boston: 1945. This source is the actual book The Catcher in the Rye which was written by J.D. Salinger. He writes of a boy, Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is a troubled teenager who switches between having a pompous attitude and feeling as if he is superior

Related Essays

Catcher In The Rye Analysis

1357 words - 6 pages Alex Evanoff English 10 Honors Mrs. Mortell 31 March 2013 The Catcher in the Rye Essay The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story about a teenager figuring out how to become an adult. Holden is almost to the age of being an adult, yet he is much like a child as he lacks the self-identification and maturity needed for him to survive in the adult world. In retaliation to reality, Holden conforms to society by attempting to portray

Catcher In The Rye Essay

572 words - 3 pages Catcher in the rye Catcher in the Rye Holden and His "Phony" Family The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, interacts with many people throughout J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, but probably none have as much impact on him as certain members of his immediate family. The ways Holden acts around or reacts to the various members of his family give the reader a direct view of Holden’s philosophy surrounding

Catcher In The Rye Essay 518 Words

518 words - 3 pages The Catcher in the Rye “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” -Albert Camus. Many teenagers are scared or worried by the reality of growing up, and in return, losing their fun adolescent years. Some eventually become lost and want to go back to there innocent years while others embrace it and enjoy every moment of life as an adult. In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D

Catcher In The Rye Essay 725 Words

725 words - 3 pages Catcher in the Rye is a coming of age story that tells the tale of Holden Caulfield, a troubled young man who throughout the novel, is presented with various symbols. The symbols are clearly made evident by Holden’s (J.D. Salinger's) constant repetition of their importance. The symbols are so important and their symbolism is directly related to the major themes of the novel. Three symbols seemed to have a higher president over the others, those