Salinger Within Catcher In The Rye

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Salinger within The Catcher in the Rye In the book the catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger introduces a lost and confused teenager by the name of Holden Caulfield. His personality is unlike any other and the reader finds themselves trying to figure out the deeper meaning of his curiosity and thoughts for the majority of the book. But the author is portrayed through this character in some cases and deep thoughts in the book. He has many feelings of loneliness, betrayal, disgust, and most of all depression. But little to readers know that Holden of The Cather in the Rye is close to being a split image of J.D. Salinger. Holden Caulfield starts out in the book getting kicked out of yet another private school as a junior, some from a broken home, with his dad being a lawyer and his mother being a housewife. His younger brother died and his older is in Hollywood “prostituting” himself. The only one he has to talk to is his younger sister Phoebes. A reoccurring theme in his story is loneliness and striving for attention. The setting of the story takes place in post World War 2. Finally, another similarity is that Salinger was involved in World War 2 and was sent home because he suffered from combat stress reaction, while Holden says he wouldn't be able to stand going into war and would rather die by sitting on the atom bomb (183). This part of, "The Catcher in the Rye," shows Salinger's dislike of his service time in the war. It seems Salinger hated being in the army not because he had to shoot and kill people, but because of what kind of people in the army he had to be surrounded by. Salinger also mentions death frequently throughout the book. But there is one part in particular where you can feel Salingers emotions towards death. I was going to die with all these hunks of ice in my hair; I could imagine my mom and she wouldn’t let Phoebe into my funeral. Then I
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