Catcher in the Rye Term Paper

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  • Subject: Children
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J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. The writer discusses the isolation that is experienced by the protagonist Holden and how that isolation is illustrated in the book.

In today's world teenagers are said to have a harder time than those of yesteryear. Many experts disagree with this statement and point to J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye to illustrate that teens have historically had a hard time finding their way before bursting onto adulthood ready to live (Elkind pg 24). When teens become lost and isolated, both in fictional works, such as Catcher in the Rye and in real life it is often because they have not had limits or boundaries according to the experts. "Without such limits, values, and leadership, young people drifted into states that bordered on mental illness. Holden Caulfield, the hero of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, is an example of such a rudder-less modern adolescent. " Holden suffered from extreme isolation and as the book develops it is easy to see the path by which it happened. His isolation began because of neglect but by the time he was firmly in his teen years he was the driver of his own brand of being outcast.

One of the first examples the reader has of the self perpetuated isolation that Holden endures during the story is when he is leaving the school after being kicked out. This is not the first school that he has been kicked out of but he is still hurt by its rejection. As he turns to leave however, the reader gets a glimpse of how he continues his self imposed isolation. Instead of gathering addresses of those he enjoyed while attending he makes a blanket and insulting statement to the population at large.

When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of crying. I don't know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons!'" (Salinger pg. 52).

Holden's isolation is born of insecurity about himself. Like many teens in the world he is unsure of…

Sources Used in Document:

Elkind, David, The family in the postmodern world.. Vol. 75, National Forum, 06-01-1995, pp 24.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye

Back Bay Books (January 2001)

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