The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age novel with a twist. Holden does not follow the usual pattern. He begins in turmoil, struggles in turmoil, has a moment of epiphany (clarity of insight) watching Phoebe at the carrousel, but eventually suffers physical and emotional collapse.
What is so special about Catcher in the Rye?
The Catcher in the Rye is the Citizen Kane of coming of age novels, which means it pulls off a much more difficult trick than actually being the best coming of age novel ever written; it’s widely accepted as the greatest coming of age novel ever written. Much like Citizen Kane it is more than a work of art.
Why is The Catcher in the Rye a masterpiece?
Salinger’s Simple Prose. It may sound strange to say it, but the style in which Salinger wrote The Catcher in the Rye is quite simple. The complexity of the language is never one that feels overwritten, as Holden’s own thoughts translate into the vocabulary of a person his own age.
Why is Catcher in the Rye such a classic?
For many readers, The Catcher in the Rye changes the way they identify with literature. Feeling a lack of agency, or control, in their own lives is a part of the adolescent struggle. It is not uncommon for young readers to identify with Holden Caulfield.
Why is The Catcher in the Rye so controversial?
The Catcher in the Rye has been challenged several times for its “excessive vulgar language, sexual scenes, and things concerning moral issues” (Sova).
What are the issues with The Catcher in the Rye?
This paper mainly analyzes the adolescent problems Holden Caulfield confronts on the journey from childhood to adulthood. These adolescent problems include Holden’s protection of innocence, his disgust for the phoniness of the adult world, and his alienation from society.
What are two themes in The Catcher in the Rye?
- Self-alienating for the purpose of self-protection.
- Growing pains and loss of innocence.
- Adulthood is “Phony”
- Inability to take action.
- Maintaining appearances and performing happiness.
Is Holden a phony?
Throughout the story Holden criticizes people and labels them “phonies”. Ironically, in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden acts phony in many ways which one can see through his thoughts, words and actions. Because of this Holden cannot have functioning relationships with others, and it take a toll on him.
What does the last line mean in The Catcher in the Rye?
From that, Holden is in the hospital. The last line of the book says, “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” From what I remember, this means that Holden made up all of those stories.
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