The Catcher in the Rye. INTRROOOO. The Catcher in the Rye is set in 1950’s, and their life-style is moderately different from the 21st century. Back in the 1950’s, people thought smoking was ok, and helped your health and at a young age it was quite normal to be smoking but now a days, everyone knows smoking can kill you. Holden Caulfield is an American 16-year-old boy, who flunks schools and goes to New York.
This is very similar to his past school records at other schools, always finding a way to get kicked out. Reading all of this shows how Holden really didn't have much of a smooth start. Chapter Two "Life Is A Game" I would call this chapter "Life Is A Game". I say this because in this chapter Holden has a very notable conversation with one of his teachers Mr. Spencer. In this conversation Holden is at Mr. Spencer's house, and even though Mr. Spencer likes Holden he still failed him.
A large portion of Holden’s depression comes from failing multiple times. He has flunked almost every class he has taken except English. When he fails, his classes, he does not care about it and goes on with his life. Holden is kicked out of Pence Prep because of his low grades and his inability to take school seriously. This quote shows that he does not care about his future in education.
He isn’t very smart and he has a low self esteem. Max and Kevin are two very different boys with different personalities, yet they are great friends. In the novel, a common moral of the story is “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Max is big and intimidating, but caring and kind, too. He is not very smart and he is in learning disorder classes in school. For example, Gwen is afraid of him because of his size.
Only a teenager can really relate to this because Holden was not straight with his parents, every teenager has lied to their parents at some point. This is a bad choice because as a minor Holden is hurting his future by smoking that young. Another thing that is not a good idea is buying a prostitute, “five bucks a throw. Fifteen bucks the whole night” (p.91). Holden was bored and wide awake in his hotel room in New York.
He dislikes both his roommate, Stradlater, and his neighbor, Ackley, because they appear “phony” to him. He doesn’t have any close friends at the present time, but used to be close with a girl named Jane. He would play checkers with her, and comfort her when she was sad (33). Besides Jane, Allie, and Phoebe, Holden doesn’t appear to allow himself
A Struggle For Identity In the memoir This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, Toby is continually attempting to reinvent himself for the recognition of others. As he and his mom travel to different states to run away from certain men or for the sake of money, Toby begins to change slowly. During this journey, Toby is left with no beneficial male influence. This causes him to develop few behavioral problems. For instance, since he does not get discipline by his mother, he does not know any better.
Holden feels depressed from the prior events in his family, and no longer has the desire to learn or strive to be successful. Holden feels distant from his family, and needs their loving care. After a rough childhood, Holden just needs someone, like Phoebe, there for him. He needs love and support from his family, and their sending him to boarding school to fend for himself is not a good idea. Holden can’t find a true friend in anyone, and he is trying to fill the hole that his brother’s death left in his life.
Catcher in the Rye Formal Essay The novel “Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D. Salinger, follows a brief part of the life and events of 16 year old Holden Caulfield through his own narration. The story, being told through the main character, allows readers to correlate their own thoughts and perspective on the many situations Holden experiences with Holden himself. A contrast can be made between what Holden sees as reality and what is truly happening. Holden is still a very childish and juvenile individual and his reluctance –even perhaps fear- of growing up, changing, and accepting his behaviour is wrong leaves him unable to cope with society.
Yes, boys are bad at school; I can say this because I’m a boy and I see everything first hand, my peers are less and less interested in school and college, they often talk about just either dropping out of high school and getting a job, graduating and just work and not go to college or simply join the military. If they fall back on their work they don’t get any special treatment and thus are not helped, they are simply left to fail. I am not one of those boys, mostly because my parents wouldn’t stand for it and no matter how much they get on my nerves when it comes to school, I understand why they push me. They simply don’t want their oldest son ending up in a dead-end job for the rest of his life. I’m lucky, because the other boys that don’t plan for college or simply don’t even want to bother with school usually don’t get support from their parents, so why can’t the school do