Salinger breaks the sea frozen inside American youth by depicting a young boy’s path through rebellion against school in the 1950s. The Catcher in the Rye awakens the soul of youth across America and the rest of the world. Holden, just as many young students, is struggling in school and coping to find his place in life. As young readers follow Holden on his journeys, many are in similar shoes to the main character of the novel. This can change the readers’ perspective, as they have a direct connection to the main character in the novel.
English Literary Essay What is the importance of the minor characters in the first 7 chapters of the novel? In the Novel The Catcher in the Rye from J.D Salinger, the minor characters are important in helping us to understand Holden’s Character. Mr Spencer shows us Holden’s ambivalence and rebelliousness, while Robert Ackley acts as a mirror character, and Ward Stradlater acts as Holden’s character foil. Mr. Spencer is an important minor character in the novel because he reveals Holden’s fear and dislike of the adult world. He also reveals Holden’s rebelliousness.
Unreliable narration is a major narrative device in Enduring Love. The story is told in first person by Joe Rose and the reader is constantly drawn to query whether we should trust his views on events. From the beginning, McEwan makes it clear that Joe is not necessarily telling the truth, but elaborating on it, creating it like McEwan does himself when he writes the novel. When discussing the balloon incident he says, ‘Knowing what I know now, it’s odd to evoke the figure of Jed Parry’. It is usually the author who evokes characters, so it is pointed out that Joe is creating his own story and its truths.
How does F Scott FitzGerald present nick Carraway as a character and a narrator in the opening chapters of ‘The Great Gatsby’? F Scott FitzGerald presents Nick Carraway, the novels narrator as well as character as to having a special place within ‘The Great Gatsby’. As the story begins, nick Carraway; the story’s narrator reflects on himself, his upbringing and the knowledge he has been taught by his family members i.e. his father. He had been taught to reserve judgements about other people as if he was to compare them to himself he may misunderstand them.
"Catcher In The Rye " is a coming-of-age novel by J.D Salinger based on a young teen named Holden Caulfield during the 1940's to early 1950's in New York City . The novel is narrated by Holden, and is also told from his point of view. Holden's tone throughout the book shows disgust against the adult world. Holden thinks that adults are the biggest liars and phonies known. The tone is also based join alienation.
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Hythloday influences the narrative of the story by constantly projecting his philosophical ideas as to why everything relates to pride. Hythloday gives a great example on how people with a high ranking in society would let their pride take over to save oneself. “Now in a court composed of people who envy everyone else and admire only themselves, if a man should suggest something he had read of in other ages or seen in practice elsewhere, the other counselors would think their reputation for wisdom was endangered and they would look like simpletons, unless they could find fault with his proposal.” (579) This is a great reasoning as to how someone would harm someone else in order to make themselves look better for their own benefit. Hythloday’s explanation means that a man’s pride is spared at all cost even if it means to find fault in someone McKinney 2 else to save yourself. Hythloday changes his idea toward the end of the story about pride being an internal force instead of being an external force by saying “ Pride is too deeply fixed in human nature to be easily plucked out”.
And another thing he says is that he wants to be a “catcher in the Rye” to save the kids lives so that they won’t fall off the cliff. I don’t think Holden is as perfect as he wants to be I think he only judges people and calls them a phony, because he probably does things like they do that he hates doing himself. There’s parts in the book were Holden acts like a phony and sometimes is a hypocrite , he contradicts himself, for example when he tells he hates the movies but then again he also tells that he likes attending them with her sister and with his friends. I can’t say Holden is a phony because he judges people in his mind and he admits he’s a liar, his attitude is like many people. Yes Holden does criticize people a lot but he never tells them and he never hurt anyone.
Holden, the Mature Man Throughout J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the main character, searches for an impractical ideal-- to cling onto his childhood and his innocence. Believing that children are pure and that all grown-ups are “phonies,” Holden’s quest is to preserve childhood within himself and children around him. Placing symbols to stress Holden’s immaturity and impossible ideal, Salinger illustrates his unrealistic goals. Although Holden remains immature for the majority of the novel, as the story progresses, Holden becomes a new person and discovers his true self.
“The Catcher in the Rye” Critical Essay A novel in which the fate of the main character is important in conveying the writers theme is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger. The novel explores the themes of the pain and suffering caused by the transition from childhood to adulthood, alienation and loneliness, through the story of Holden Caulfield, a sensitive sixteen year old boy who after being expelled from his boarding school due to academic failure, goes on a journey through New York City and encounters a number of emotional and difficult experiences. “The Catcher in the Rye” is the turbulent and emotional account of teenager Holden Caulfield’s journey on the last few days before his Christmas vacation. During these days, Holden leaves his all boys’ school which he has been expelled from, Pency Prep, an all boy’s school in Pennsylvania, and embarks on a few nights alone in New York City. As a result of Holden’s resistance to grow up and embrace adulthood, he instantly alienates himself from the world and those around him leaving him lonely and vulnerable.